November 4, 1928 -
October 16, 2013
Atlanta, GA- Louise Tennent Smith, 84, died in her sleep on October 16, 2013.
Born at Emory Hospital in Atlanta on November 4, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Louise Byrd Cooper Tennent and the late Thomas Hill Tennent.
She is survived by her son, William Burford Smith of Douglasville, GA; her sister, Nancy Tennent Bogle and her husband, George, of Phoenix; her brother, Thomas Hill Tennent of Columbus; a niece, Katie Bogle; a nephew, Michael Bogle; and a great nephew, Cello Bogle.
A memorial service will be held 2pm Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, 1100 1st Avenue, Columbus, GA. Chuck Hasty will preside. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery in Atlanta.
She was proud of being "a fourth generation Atlanta", and often told the story that her grandfather, John Martin Cooper told her. "I was taken one day to downtown Atlanta by my father, who said, "Son, do you see those men dressed in blue over there? They are Yankees, stay away from them." They were of course, occupation troops and until the day he died, "Damnyankee" was one word to him. Carrying on the tradition, when she met a new Yankee, Louise loved to say "Gimme back my silver!" to the startled person.
Her father was a chemical engineer, whose work led his family to several places to live. First in San German, Cuba, as chief chemist in a sugar mill. Later, after returning to the States, her father took a position with the Ethyl Corp., and the family moved to Jackson, Miss. After that, there were moves to Birmingham, and in 1942, to Jacksonville, Fla., where Louise graduated from Landon High School in 1946.
She entered Duke University in the fall of that year, graduating in 1950. There, she made life-long friends, and in September of 1950, married a classmate, William Burford Smith. Bill took a position with Miami Beach Federal and the couple lived in Miami for 30 years. In 1983, Louise divorced Bill and moved to Columbus at the suggestion of her brother, Tom.
Until the day she died, she was a huge booster of her adopted city, and loved everything about it- most especially the house she bought on Broadway in the original Historic District of Columbus, and her neighbors around her.
She had three careers, each lasting 10 years, as advertising manager for Hartley's (a fashion specialty store in Miami), as a Realtor in Miami and finally, for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer as food editor and social columnist. Her job at the L-E is something she called "the most fun I ever had at a job, with the least amount of pay I every got".
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Junior League of Columbus, Historic Columbus Foundation, Historic District Preservation Society, Phi Mu Sorority, Oglethorpe Chapter of DAR, the Students' Club and the Ivy Garden Club. She was a long-time supporter of Historic Westville and the Wynn House, having served on their boards of directors, as well as boards of the Battered Women's Society and HDPS, among others.
She enjoyed reading, playing bridge and writing and was the author of a cookbook, "Wonderful Weekends".
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the John B. Amos Cancer Center or Historic Westville.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Oct. 22, 2013
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