H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel

1020 Spring Street Nw, Atlanta, GA


Katherine McChesney Smith

June 16, 1956September 27, 2019

Katherine McChesney Smith, age 63, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 27, 2019 in her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 16, 1956 in Frankfort, Kentucky to Mr. and Mrs. Donal Dunstall. Kitty, as she was known to family and friends, was a 1978 graduate of Hollins University in Virginia. She married Dr Jason Harold Smith on September 8th, 2001, in Atlanta, Georgia, her home for over 30 years. Kitty was an avid tennis player and passionately enjoyed traveling to Africa with her family. She is remembered as a loving mother, a beautiful and caring wife, a generous friend, and a vibrant personality who positively impacted so many around her. Her wit and ready laugh will be sorely missed, as Kitty brightened every room she ever entered.

She is survived by her husband; her son “Max” Michael Courts McChesney Jr, his wife Meghan, and their baby daughter, Sawyer; her son Samuel Taylor McChesney and his wife Chandler; three sisters, Nancy Dunstall, Marguerite Mahan, and Lizbeth Dunstall Logan; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to Peachtree Road United Methodist Church at 3180 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, 30305 at 2pm on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019, with a 1 hour prior visitation, to grieve, reminisce, and support each other with shared memories. There will be a reception following the service at Ansley Golf Club, from approximately 3pm to 5pm.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, we ask that you consider a donation to the Kevin Richardson Foundation, an effort to protect and preserve lions and their habitat throughout Africa. If you knew my Mother, you knew of her love for Africa, and especially for the “Kings” and “Queens” of kitties. Link to donate: https://kevinrichardsonfoundation.org/donate/


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Katherine McChesney Smith

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Marie Smith

October 3, 2019

Dear Family of Kitty,

Sending deepest condolences from Jason's cousins in Montana (and out West/Northwest). We support you with our prayers, as you grieve the loss of Kitty.


Marie (Jason's cousin)

Carmel Dodds

October 2, 2019

And dear Jason, you know she walks with you too!!!

Chris Sutton

October 2, 2019

Our whole family is thinking of you at this hard time.
You have treated each of us over the past 15 years or so.
It is because of your caring qualities we know this will be a difficult time. We will pray for strength and comfort for you.
A donation will be made to Kevin Richardson foundation in your sweet wife's name.
The Sutton's
Merrill , Chris, Robert & Jennifer, Steven & Ashley

Carmel Dodds

October 1, 2019

Kitty and I were college roommates at Hollins and became the best of friends. We stayed in touch for years up until the last 10 years - how I so regret that. She made everything so much more fun and I loved spending time with her. I will miss her terribly and I wish her family the very best as I know how committed she was to all of them. I cannot physically be there tomorrow but please know I am there with you in heart and spirit!
To Max and Sam - live well and have fun - she will be with you every step of the way!
Carmel Ross Dodds

Bill Murphy

September 30, 2019

Jason, I am Truly shocked and sadden by the loss of your Sweet pretty wife, Kitty. As your patient, I remember you talking so much about your wife and the Great trips to Africa with Great Photos .
Bless you and the Family Jason, and so glad a Friend, Gretchen told me of this loss. Deepest Sympathy, Bill Murphy


September 30, 2019

Dear grieving family, my deepest condolences so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort strengthen you for the days ahead. Know that caring thoughts are with you. That "He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds, according to Psalm 147:3.