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William Charles Smith, “Charlie,” was born January 7, 1948 in Tallahassee, Florida and went on to become a faithful follower of Christ, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, man of great integrity, honored U.S. Air Force Veteran, and an avid FSU football fan. He was wise, committed, strong, steady, protective, loyal, affectionate, kind, slow to anger and slow to speak, a man of grace, and a true gentleman. He loved camping, fishing, playing golf, water skiing, shooting off fireworks on the 4th, grilling out while listening to “Oldies but Goldies”, cheering on his FSU seminoles, singing, listening to Christmas songs and classic rock, playing his guitar, eating a tower of chocolate covered eclairs, telling corny Dad jokes, reading and sharing history facts, playing cards with his family, delighting in his grandchildren and always being quick to wrap them up in great big bear hugs. He was married to his bride, Gretchen, for 50 years…their wedding anniversary is April 12, 1969. Together they share a true, rare, and remarkable love story; as well as 3 children: Adrian, Erin, and Brent, who will remember their daddy as an example of how Christ loves the church, a man that set an example of what it means to love his wife and his family first and foremost. The apple of his eye were all of his 5 grandchildren: Hampton, Taylor, Cooper, Anna Kate, and Braven. And oh, how they adore their “Pops”! He loved us all so well, and as he entered into the presence of his Savior on February 19, 2020, we were blessed to speak truth and love over him about the amazing man he was and will always be to us! Although our hearts are sad and missing him deeply, we are also joyful that he is experiencing right now the greatness of Christ’s love…and how wide, how long, how high, and how deep it is!(Ephesians 3:18).
Please join Charlie’s beloved wife, children, sons in law, grandchildren, and friends for a celebration of his life and to share memories together on March 7, 2020 at 2 P.M. The memorial service will be at St. Mark UMC in Columbus, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests to have donations sent to Columbus Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
The Smith family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 7500 Veterans Parkway, Suite A, Columbus, Georgia 31909, 706-577-0055. The family invites you to leave a condolence or share a fond memory of Mr. Smith below.