Mark A. Smith passed away on June 21, 2012 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., at the age of 53. A native of Macon, Ga., Mr. Smith grew up in Houston County and graduated from The Westfield School. For many years Mr. Smith was the owner of Northside Mazda-Volvo in Macon. He was well known locally for his "bulldog tuff truck" advertising program. Under his helm, Northside Mazda consistently ranked NO. 1 in Mazda truck sales in North America. After selling his auto dealership, Mr. Smith was engaged in real estate development and advertising projects.
Mr. Smith was a lifelong Methodist. He was actively involved in numerous charities in the local community. He was recognized for these efforts and was given the honor of bearing the torch of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games running the same to the steps of Macon's City Hall.
Charismatic and affable, Mr. Smith made friends easily and was always there to assist a friend in need. His hobbies were many including cooking, music, sports and the restoration of vintage wooden boats and antique cars.
He is survived in Georgia by his parents, brothers and a large loving family of nephews, nieces, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, June 27 beginning with visitation at 1:30 p.m. followed by a service at 2:30 p.m. at Hart's at the Cupola, 6324 Peake Road, Macon, GA 31210. Several hundred mourners are expected to attend. A private burial service shall follow. In lieu of flowers, the Smith family of Macon requests that donations be made to the Methodist Children's Home, 304 Pierce Ave., Macon, GA 31204 or The Arc of Macon, 4664 Sheraton Drive, Macon, GA 31210. Hart's Mortuary at the Cupola has charge of the arrangements.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on June 27, 2012