James Franklin SMITH MD

SMITH, MD, James Franklin

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James Franklin Smith, MD, of 88 Lakeview Drive, Hayesville, NC, died at home on Monday, March 18, 2013, of a sudden heart attack. "Doc" Smith, as he was known by many, was a native of Cherokee County, NC, practiced medicine in West Palm Beach, FL for 25 years, then made his home in Hayesville, NC. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Townson Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy, NC. Mark Ware, Rev. MAJ. U.S. Army will officiate. Burial will be in the Hampton Memorial United Methodist Cemetery on Harshaw Road in Murphy with military graveside rites conducted by Veterans organizations: V.F.W. Post #10222, Joe Miller Elkin American Legion Post #96 and D.A.V. Chapter #73 and American Legion Post #532 of Hayesville and VFW Post #6812 Hayesville. Pallbearers will be Bob Anderson, Van Crisco, Todd Haney, Jeff Long, Steve Ware and Scott Woods. Honorary Pallbearers will be Randy Baumgarten, Ted Boss, Fred Dahlmeier, Bill Haney, Freddy Lockaby and Kenny Morris. Born March 17, 1935 in Murphy, NC to J. Franklin and Marcella Hampton Smith, he graduated from Murphy High School, went on to the University of Tennessee, then graduated from Western Carolina University in 1957. After attending the UNC School of Public Health, where he served as a Graduate Assistant in 1958, Dr. Smith graduated from UNC Medical School in 1962. He then did his internship through the Public Health Service in Baltimore, Maryland followed by a four year residency at the University of Maryland Hospital where he focused on high-risk obstetrics, gynecological oncology, and cancer surgery and served as Chief Resident. Dr. Smith served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963-1971, achieving the rank of Major. While stationed at Homestead Air Force Base, he served as Flight Surgeon, Chief of OB/GYN, Chief of Professional Services, and Acting Hospital Commander. From 1971-1995, Dr. Smith practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Palm Beach County, Florida. He served as Chairman of the Medical Staff of Good Samaritan Hospital, President of the Palm Beach County OB/GYN Society and Secretary and Vice-President of the Palm Beach County Medical Society. He was devoted to the health and well-being of the community, serving the County Health Department and pioneering the Regional Perinatal Improvement Clinic in Palm Beach County. Dr. Smith returned to North Carolina in 1995 and began developing the Smoke Rise and Hollyberry subdivisions in the mountains of Clay County. He provided physician services to Ocracoke Health Clinic. He served on the Board of the Clay County Health Department and volunteered as a physician there. Most recently, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Clay County Economic Development Council and co-founder of Air Tight Spray Foam Insulation, continuing his focus on green sustainable construction technology. Dr. Smith was a tireless supporter of the residents, health, and economic well-being of the community. He generously shared his time and medical knowledge. He loved his family and was always there for everyone who needed him. He never gave up being on call. The only thing he loved as much as his family and friends was UNC and the Tar Heels. His last days were spent with his grandchildren watching the ACC Tournament and celebrating his birthday on St. Patrick's Day. He was preceded in death by his late wife Anne Sweeney Smith after 32 years of marriage when she lost her courageous battle with breast cancer. He is survived by his wife, Marcia Coulson Smith, whom he married on December 19, 1998, and recently adopted Pollywogalina, their 3-pound Maltese; one daughter, Midge Spong and her husband, David of Greensboro, NC, three grandchildren, Anne, Holly and Cam, and granddog, Buddy; one son, James (Jay) Hampton Smith of Atlanta, GA, and granddog, Jake; three sisters, Shirley Adair of Atlanta, GA, Carmolita Haney of Hiawassee, GA and Audrey Ware and husband, Steve, of White Plains, GA; and nieces Celina Woods and husband, Scott, Tonia Anderson and husband, Bob, and nephews Van Crisco and wife Carol, Todd Haney and wife Alexis, and Mark Ware and wife Tera and beloved great-nieces and nephews. The family has requested that memorials be made in memory of Dr. Smith to: Dr. James F. Smith Rural Scholarship Fund, Medical Foundation of NC, 880 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. You may send tributes to the Smith family at www.townson-rose.com. Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in The Palm Beach Post from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2013