Clyde Hershel Smith, 91, of Dalton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Hamilton Medical Center.
Mr. Smith was born in Dawnville on March 8, 1922. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Oran Adam Smith and Mrs. Tensie Ann Silvers; his wife of more than 60 years, Mrs. Lois Edna Nunn Smith; and one brother, Floyd E. Smith.
Survivors are his brothers and sister-in-laws, Harold Smith of Varnell, Leonard and Delois of Dawnville, Earl and Rachel Smith of Acworth, and Hoyt and Sue Smith of Dalton; sisters and brother-in-laws, Kathleen and Jimmy Ellis of Dawnville, and Betty Lynn of Dalton; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. A devoted associate, William J. Rocker of Alpharetta, and dedicated caretaker, Curtis Rivers, also survive.
After finishing high school at the age of 18, he went to Atlanta to pursue his childhood dream to build bridges. Instead he began working at the General Motors Auto Assembly Plant in Doraville as a staff employee. While working at the plant he took a course of study in industrial metallurgy from the International Correspondence School of Technology of Scranton, Pa., which he completed in August 1948. He also attended Georgia Tech and was assigned to a project with Georgia Tech as a metallurgist with the National Traffic Guard Company. This project gave him the opportunity to join the Navy, but he still had his mind on building things, so instead of joining the Navy and building bridges, he enjoyed building houses and buying and selling cars in addition to his work at GM. He built 32 houses, acquired 62 pieces of property, and owned and sold 72 cars.
Funeral services will be at the Chapel of Love Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Flanagan officiating on Friday at 2 p.m.
Visitation will be before the service from noon to 2 p.m.
Interment will be in Whitfield Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 1168, Dalton, GA 30722-1168.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.lovefuneralhomega.com.
Love Funeral Home, 1402 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton (across from Hamilton Medical Center), is in charge of arrangements.