Orval Richard "Dick" Smith

September 20, 1922August 13, 2013

Orval Richard “Dick” Smith, age 90, passed away at Consulate Health Care in Chattanooga on August 13, 2013. He was preceded in death by his brothers Robert and Albert as well as his first wife, Casey. He is survived by his sister Lois McElhinney, wife Norma, children Casey Austin, Christine Smith, Dr. Richard Smith, Connie Smith, and stepdaughter Carole Evans, grandchildren Sandy Austin, Casey and Barbara Smith, step grandchildren Nathan Evans and Ashley Pederson, and step great grandchildren McKinley and Chase Evans and Owen and Sawyer Pedersen. Dick was born in Morning Sun Iowa on September 20, 1922. He graduated from Morning Star High School in 1939 and served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946. He attended court reporting school at night where he met his first wife Casey. They were married in 1946 and moved to Chattanooga Tennessee where they opened the Smith Court Reporting agency. Both Dick and Casey became very involved in local and national court reporting organizations and Dick eventually became president of the National Shorthand Reporters Association from 1972-1973. Dick was universally respected as a court reporter and took great pride in his work. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the National Shorthand Reporters Association and served as the court reporter in several famous trials, including the trial of James Earl Hoffa in Chattanooga in the 1960’s. Dick was an avid golfer and also loved to travel. He and Norma visited over 65 countries during their marriage. He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Dick will be remembered as a classic example of “the greatest generation”. He served his country with honor, he was honest to a fault, he worked hard to provide for his family and he took pride in excelling at his work. He will be missed. The family will receive visitors at 2:00 pm, Sunday August 18 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Ashland Terrace Drive. A memorial service will follow at the Church beginning at 3:00 pm. A graveside service will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • A Memorial Service

    Sunday, August 18, 2013


Orval Richard "Dick" Smith

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Tom Rigler

March 17, 2014

I just learned of Dick's passing last year. I worked for Dick and Casey for about five years in the '60's. Not only were they wonderful people, but they were great court reporters who gave much to the profession. Dick, hope you're hoisting a cool one wherever you are. If it was the 60's, we would be at the Rathskeller for some corned beef and cabbage and green beer. RIP.

Laura Nichols

August 19, 2013

Chris, a long time since reporting school and your days at Tyler Tribble but I still remember what stalwarts your parents were in the reporting profession. I am so sorry for the loss of your dad and would love to catch up and find out what's happening in your life these days. May your memories of your dad be fresh and wonderful!
Laura Hood Nichols

Beverly (Bridge) Dillman

August 18, 2013

I am sorry I did not learn of arrangements in time to attend. Please accept our condolences. Dick was a wonderful man, teacher and boss. Rob and I will always remember him fondly.

Wes and Linda Payne

August 16, 2013

Linda and I very much enjoyed reading his obituary Richard your father was a very accomplished man it seems honesty and hard work was important to him much like his son our prayers are with you and Ruth and the girls

August 15, 2013

As a young federal court official reporter, I was befriended by Dick Smith. His warm, easy-going manner and his wise counsel helped me to establish a strong foundation for my career. "Poor Richard" will always be remembered for his kindness, his professionalism, his humor, and his many contributions to the success of those of us who followed his lead. God bless Dick and his family.
Al Betz, Washington, D.C.

August 15, 2013

Shared moments with "Poor Richard" always left me with a smile. Laughter for Dick was truly the best medicine. His contributions to his profession and his fellow man will always be remembered. Gil Halasz, Richmond, VA

Randall Murphree

August 15, 2013

Chris, Connie, Rick and family, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My prayers are with you at this time.

August 14, 2013

While Tom and I have not seen Dick in many years, it seems only yesterday we saw his smiling face. Dick loved his profession and his profession loved him. Rest in Peace, Dick.

With all our love to the family.

Shirley and Tom Houston
Houston, Texas

Marge Teilhaber

August 14, 2013

I'm sorry I never had the privilege of meeting Dick Smith. I'm very touched about a fellow court reporter and a member of the US Armed Forces leaving us. If my dad, another member of the greatest generation, was here, I'd read him Dick's obit. He'd have loved it. Thank you for your service, Dick, and for making such a large contribution to the court reporting industry.
Marge Teilhaber

Gayl Hardeman

August 14, 2013

I was a young reporter, just taking my RPR and RMR (CP and CM) tests in 1972 when I met Casey and Dick Smith in Houston at an NCRA Convention. They made us newbies feel so welcome, and they remembered you every year. I will always treasure Dick Smith's smile, laughter, dedication, and joie de vivre. Rest in beautiful peace, Richard. And Norma, I know you will miss him very much. My deepest condolences for your loss -- you and all of Dick's family. Sincerely, Gayl Hardeman (f/k/a Gayl Knaus;Gayl Varallo)

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