OBITUARY

George Houston Smith

July 31, 1934April 9, 2019
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Funeral service for Mr. George Houston Smith, 84, Anniston will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home with Rev. Truman Norred, Barry Smith and Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial to follow at Anniston Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6:00 till 9:00 pm at Chapel Hill Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife Agnes Vice Smith of 63 years; son, Barry S. Smith wife Susie; sisters, Mary Jo Vaughn husband Neal, Avis Cotton; brother Rev. Terry Smith wife Gail; grandchildren, Riley Smith wife Ashley, Tyler Smith wife Melissa, Cody Smith; great-grandchildren, Ellison Smith, Everlee Smith, and MacKenzie Smith. Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his son, Roger Smith; parents Flora Cobb Smith and Bernard Houston Smith; sister, Margaret Smith.

Pallbearers will be Riley Smith, Tyler Smith, Cody Smith, Mark Cotton, Jason Smith and Banks Cotton.

Mr. Smith was a longtime resident of Calhoun County. He retired from The Anniston Star after 63 years of service. He loved life, family, and friends. If you weren’t his friend, you just hadn’t met him yet.

  • FAMILY

  • Agnes Vice Smith, Wife
  • Barry S Smith, Son
  • Susie Smith, Daughter-in-law
  • Mary Jo Vaughn, Sister
  • Neal Vaughn, Brother-in-law
  • Avis Cotton, Sister
  • Rev. Terry Smith, Brother
  • Gail Smith, Sister-in-law
  • Riley Smith (Ashley), Grandson
  • Tyler Smith (Melissa), Grandson
  • Cody Smith, Grandson
  • Ellison Smith, Great Grandchild
  • Everlee Smith, Great Grandchild
  • Mackenzie Smith, Great Grandchild
  • Roger Smith, Son
  • Flora Cobb Smith, Mother
  • Bernard Houston Smith, Father
  • Margaret Smith, Sister

Services

  • Visitation Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

George Houston Smith

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Amy Brillhart

April 14, 2019

A few favorite Uncle George stories:
1. Uncle George telling the story of Aunt Agnes calling Martin Wakefield to get her pants at midnight and she and Ann Hunter showing up to police cars being let in the store...apparently Ann and Aunt Agnes were looking at shoes, shopping around like no big deal.
2. His story of Roger and calling him a "Mama's Boy". As Roger left the house, he said, "Mama's Baby, Daddy's maybe!."
3. Telling me he loves me, but don't come back to his house unless I bring my girls or I am out of the will. I would on occasion have Artisan Baked Goods Bakery fix up a variety box and take out to a visit with them. Aunt Agnes would try her best to keep him out of the box of goodies, but Uncle George would take them out to his barn...telling me I'm back in the will.
4. Respect Uncle George's naptime! On a visit one day and he announced it's his nap time. He told us he "loved us but not bother him during his nap and if God called, tell God I will call him back."

Council Rudolph Jr

April 13, 2019

Thanks for You Being You.

Steve Bailey

April 12, 2019

George is a rare blessing whose gentle word, kind look, and good-natured smile worked wonders and enriched everyone's life he touched. I’m proud to say he is my friend and I will sorely miss him.

Mary Jo Shafer

April 12, 2019

My deepest condolences to all of George's family. You all are all in my thoughts and prayers. I worked with George at The Anniston Star about 10 years ago and he was one of my favorite folks there. I loved reading his columns and hearing his stories. I just really loved talking with him. From the first time I shook his hand and he made a wonderful joke with that sparkle in his eye, he made this New Englander feel a warm welcome and I really felt like he was a kindred soul. He started calling me Little Red after I wrote a piece about Hank Williams and he joked that he was surprised that a Northerner could appreciate Williams so much and then decreed that I was a bit redneck too. I can still hear him saying "hey Little Red," with a big smile. I enjoyed our many chats about his adventures in the world of journalism and the people and places that made his home so special, and I especially enjoyed talking with him about Ted Williams. He was such a vibrant and warm and wonderful man and I loved how his column told those stories of those people and places and peaches he loved. I am so glad to have known him.... and my heart goes out to you all, who I know must be missing him so much.

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Biography

George Smith, the longtime Anniston Star sports editor and columnist, died Tuesday night of a heart attack, according to his family. He was 84.

"George was what I'd call a people writer," said veteran sports reporter Clyde Bolton. He wrote about people. He believed that people wanted to read about people."

For 42 years, Smith penned regular Star column that celebrated the change of the season and the coming of summer produce, shared joked overheard at churches and restaurants, and lifted up local residents for attention and praise from their neighbors.

For the full bio story of Mr. Smith see The Anniston Star online at www.annistonstar.com