Mr. Jack Smith of Slocomb died at his residence on Friday, July 18, 2008, following a courageous battle with Alzheimers. He was 83.
He was born on July 23, 1924, on his maternal grandparent’s farm in Houston County to the late Aubrey and Lennie Smith. He attended school at Rehobeth and Slocomb, Teacher’s College at Troy, graduating in 1949, the University of Alabama, and the University of Alabama Law School, receiving his law degree in 1951. He was actively engaged in the practice of law for more than 50 years in Geneva and Houston Counties. Jack served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He was a lifelong resident of Geneva County.
Mr. Jack was a member of Fist Baptist Church of Slocomb, where he taught Sunday school for several years. He was a member and past commander of Wiregrass Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 3073, and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was elected and served as a state representative in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1974-1978 for Geneva and Houston Counties.
Mr. Jack is survived by one son Stephen G. Smith of Dothan; three daughters and sons-in-law, Carey and Michael Young of Helena, Jennie and Brian Keeling of Malvern, and Laura and Jason Kirkland of Slocomb; six grandchildren, Matthew Young, Tyler Harris, Jason Young, Sam Kirkland, Sophia Keeling and Emily Kirkland.
He is also survived by a brother, J. Earl Smith, of Dothan and a sister, Grace Fowler, of Columbus, Ga., and a very special niece, Angela Newton, and several dear nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many esteemed friends.
In addition to his parents, two brothers, Charles Smith and Donald Smith, preceded him in death.
Funeral services for Mr. Jack will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, at First Baptist Church in Slocomb with the Rev. Larry Newton officiating. Burial will follow in Slocomb City Cemetery. Relatives and friends are welcome to visit at Sorrells Funeral Home, Highway 52, in Slocomb on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to service time.
We would like to thank all of the staff and nurses of Southern Care Hospice for their help and support.
The family wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to long-time family friend and Mr. Jack’s caretaker in this, his last illness, Darlene Peacock, of Slocomb. Her kind care and friendship will be forever appreciated.
Sorrells Funeral Home of Slocomb, (334) 886-7777, is in charge of arrangements.