Therian Hester Smith

May 30, 1942November 2, 2018
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Therian Hester Smith, age 76, of Rome, passed away November 2, 2018 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Mr. Smith was born in Forney, AL, on May 30, 1942, and was preceded in death by his mother, Sybol Hester Smith, brother, Edwin Smith, and two sisters, Janice Knowles and Rhonelda Pyles. Mr. Smith was a 1965 graduate of Shorter College. He retired after 30 years of teaching from Riverside School and then from Adairsville Middle School. Mr. Smith was a member of the Second Avenue Baptist Church for 47 years. Mr. Smith was a lifelong New York Yankees fan, Yogi Berra fan and fisherman. He was an accomplished wordsmith and was known for his “Uncle-isms.” He was a Bojangles afficionado and also a coffee connoisseur. Survivors include a brother Jerry Smith, Rome; a nephew-son, Dan Knowles and wife, Vicky, Cartersville; and nephews, Robert Smith, Rome, Ken Paul, Arkansas, Sean Paul and Derrick Paul, Carrollton, Lee Pyles, Florida, Eric Pyles, Tennessee, and Chris Smith, Cartersville; and niece, April Jones, Cartersville. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Second Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Monty Stallins officiating. The family will receive friends at Daniel’s Funeral Home on Monday, November 5, 2018, from 6 until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ 07424, or the Norman Mathis Scholarship Fund, 823 East Second Ave., Rome, GA 30161. Please visit to post tributes and share memories. Daniel’s funeral home has charge of the arrangements


  • Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center
  • Norman Mathis Scholarship Fund


  • Receiving Friends at Daniel's Funeral Home Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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Stephen Jarrett

November 14, 2018

Mr. Smith had a great sense of humor. He was a great English teacher and was my spelling coach during my sophomore year of high school at AHS. I credit him with helping me win a Literary state championship. Several years after high school, I ran into him at the Bojangle's in Rome near the hospital on Turner-McCall Blvd. We talked and shared stories. I was very sad to hear of his passing and I will never forget him.

Jacob Kines

November 6, 2018

I grew up with Therian and his family down around Darlington School area and have often wondered what happened to his family. So sad to find out by way of Therian's passing.
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Wayne Kines
Cedartown, Georgia

Josh Green

November 6, 2018

I was only his student for a short time at Adairsville in 8th grade. I honestly didn't know him well, but, his reputation preceded him long before I was in his class. As well as his legacy and impact have lived on ever since. He would always tell these short stories about his "friend" that I still recite to my kids. He was anything but forgettable.

Margaret Autry

November 5, 2018

Mr. Smith taught me in Adairsville. He was a great teacher. He was always cheerful and brought laughter and smiles to the classroom. My prayers for his family and friends.

Luann Treadaway Nelson

November 5, 2018

Mr. Smith was a very fine teacher and a truly caring person. He was my teacher I believe in 8th grade in Adairsville, and he was patient, supportive, and helpful in every way. I saw him a few times at Shorter College reunions and it was always a pleasure to talk about old times with him. I know his family will miss him very much; he made a great difference in the lives of his students.

Jane Hooper

November 5, 2018

I am sad & heart broken. I can't believe this man is gone. Therian meant a lot to me. He came into my life when I was brand new to the church. I got a hand made birthday card from him & I didn't even know who he was. I asked someone & they gave me a physical description of him. Well that didn't help me at all. So they said "you know that man that helped you sign in for Sunday school your first time? That's Therian". Oh okay. I had to make sure I thanked him personally. He was always the first one to greet me on a Sunday - even when I didn't make it to Sunday school because we both sat in the back of the church for worship service. It hurts me to know what happened & I will miss him always. One of the nicest persons I have ever known.

Janice Caldwell

November 5, 2018

My condolences to all of Therian's family. I left Georgia in 1976, and lost contact with many Roman's over time. Therian was such a good friend when we were worshiping at DeSoto Park Baptist Church. From his Mom to Rhonelda, each had a special place in my heart. I especially remember Therian and I going with our choir to Ridgecrest and how it enriched our lives from the glorious singing to the bible study. I will remember his family in my prayers. I am so glad we all had Christian friends and family while we were growing up. Our brief separation now will end in our reuniting when God calls us home.

Elizabeth Peace

November 4, 2018

I rode with Therian many years ago along with Fran Vanlandingham to work at Adairsville. Everyone then drove individually a n d I lost touch with him. However, after retiring myself and my working part time at Kroger in Rome our paths crossed again. He and I would always talk. He told me about his childhood, family, delivering the paper and sliding down hills in the snow and retrieving them, how much he made, and his faith in God. He was an awesome and extremely intelligent man. I'll miss seeing and talking to him and I'll also miss his big hug and beautiful smile. God be with all of you.

Bobby Carter

November 4, 2018

Therian was a guy of loyalty, simplicity, and fun. We met in the first grade of McHenry School; found each other in the same class at DeSoto Park Baptist Church; tranferred and were graduated from Pepperrell High in 1960.
He was a confirmed Southerner in all things except baseball. Here his first and only team was the N. Y. Yankees, and his one and only hero was Yogi Berra. Some years ago the Berra Museum learned of his passionate admiration for all things "Yogi", including his esteemed catcher's quips and had Therian toasted at its assembly in New York City. Bravo Berra Museum!
Therian liked humor. Mark Twain was his literary lion. In Twain's direct speech and occasional trenchant observations Therian found humor and honesty. Therian, by your death , again you've bested me in gaining heaven first. Yet, I just may join you sooner than I'd have supposed/ Enjoy, dear buddy, the Lord's bounty. There's plenty of it, enough for all who acknowledge believingly our Savior's sacrifice.

Dimple Clark

November 4, 2018

He impacted my life more than he knew. He was truly a special teacher and man! My heart is sadden by the news of his passing. He will always hold a special place in my memories and heart.
RIP T. Smith