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Jack Smith was born December of 1925 in a small town outside of Sandersville, Ga.  He was the fourth child of seven and remembered his childhood as a very happy and carefree time.  Jack joined the Navy in 1943 to defend his country and follow in the footsteps of his elder brothers William (Army) and James (Marines).  

He witnessed much during wartime in the Pacific and became a member of the elite Scouts and Raiders.  (He was very proud of this time and it is documented in a book he wrote later in life).  After WWII, he attended art school in Chicago, IL where he trained as a commercial artist.  

Moving to Atlanta, Ga, Jack began his art career at Stein Printing Company. He started the first art design studio in Atlanta (GADS – Greater Atlanta Design Studio) with several commercial artists, later working as a freelance Commercial Artist and ending his career as Art Director of Williams Printing Company.  During this time, he met the love of his life, Joy Davis.  They married in 1961 and had their only daughter, Laurie a few years later. He loved serving his community and was very active with the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church community, teaching Sunday School, heading the Heritage Committee and creating many lovely pieces of artwork representing this Church and its history. 

After Joy’s death, Jack moved to Acworth, Ga and involved himself with the art community of Gallery 4463, then The Art House.  He loved his time with this community, showing his art work and talking with patrons.  He also found friends and a Veteran’s community at the Acworth Bookstore, which became his favorite place to regale everyone with his many stories.  Jack’s kindness, sense of humor and love will be greatly missed.  

Jack was preceded in death by his loving wife Joy Davis Smith and his six siblings, William Smith, Carrie Smith Cox, James K Smith, Carroll Smith, Bobby E Smith and Gerald D Smith.  He is survived by his daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Laurie Smith Arnold, Bill Arnold and Wesley Arnold.

A celebration of Jack’s life and military service will be held on May 6, 2022 promptly at 10:00 AM at Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Scott Hudgens Dr. Canton, GA  30114.  If attending please arrive no later than 9:45 am to line up for the procession.  

In lieu of flowers  donations can be made to Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain Hospice or The Art House, Acworth, GA.  

9 Comments To "Jack Smith"

Elizabeth Carr On May 11 2022 at 10am
I knew Jack first through Gallery 4463 then through The Art House. He was such a lovely man, full of interesting tales and richly gifted in artistic talent. I am sad to hear he passed and pray that these memories will comfort his family. Jack no longer requires comfort. He is dancing with His Lord! Reply to this comment
James Smith On May 02 2022 at 9am
Jack, Fair Winds and Following Seas.. Again thank you for your service.. Reply to this comment
James Smith On May 02 2022 at 9am
Farewell to Jack.. Thank you for your service. The Greatest Generation of Patriots. Reply to this comment
Karen Ruetz On Apr 26 2022 at 11am
I met Jack through the gallery in Acworth. He was a kind and thoughtful man and a talented artist. We talked about graphic design and the printing business and I enjoyed getting to know him. Reply to this comment
Alton Coleman On Apr 26 2022 at 11am
Jack was a gentleman in every sense of the word, as well as a talented artist. I greatly appreciated his friendship and value the time I got to spend with him while I lived in Acworth. I know he will be missed by many. Reply to this comment
Ken Smith On Apr 22 2022 at 2pm
Loved Uncle Jack very much. When I moved to Atlanta in 1977 Uncle Jack and Aunt Joy fed me several meals. Love you Laurie and praying God touches you with his loving arms in this time of sorrow. Reply to this comment
Wendy On Apr 22 2022 at 2pm
Laurie, I know you will miss your Dad, but he had a wonderful life having you as his daughter. Reply to this comment
Ron Smith On Apr 22 2022 at 2pm
Jack was an artist & a gentleman. With his parting, we've lost that entire Smith family, all the boys and one girl given to us by James & Eula. I have dedicated one poem to Jack so far ("Poe's Last Words") & will no doubt dedicate more. In my mind, he's always smiling. Reply to this comment
Randall Davis On Apr 22 2022 at 2pm
Jack Smith was one of my favorite uncles. I felt we were close as we shared many interest, like the many authors and books we both read. He let me read the manuscript to his later published book on his WWII experience. Jack Smith will be missed by many people, his gift of gab and contagious personality. I will miss him so very much and I’m very grateful for visiting him 4 months ago. His loving nephew, Randall Davis Reply to this comment
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