TUSCALOOSA Paul Douglas Smith Sr., age 78, of Tuscaloosa, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at home. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in the chapel at Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa.
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He was born on January 30, 1934, in Sweetwater, Texas to Moye Alvin Smith Sr. and Zada Boyd Smith. His loving wife of 56 years, Beverly Ann Campbell Smith, preceded him in death only six weeks prior. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Moye Alvin Smith Jr.
Paul was a graduate of Abilene Christian College, where he studied music. He also did post-graduate study at the University of Alabama. He had a love for music and God blessed him with a beautiful tenor voice. He sang for four years with the Dallas Civic Opera. After moving to Tuscaloosa, he was a charter member of the Tuscaloosa Community Singers, the Tuscaloosa Civic Chorus, the Alabama Chamber Singers, and was a guest soloist with the Birmingham Symphony. Throughout his life, Paul led singing at several churches and often shared his talent as an invited soloist.
In 1964, he chose to go back to school to become a court reporter. He graduated from the Stenograph Institute of Texas in 1966, and court reporting became his most distinguished profession. He held certifications in both Texas and Alabama. The majority of his career was spent working in Circuit Court in Tuscaloosa as the official court reporter for the Hon. Aubrey Dominick and Hon. Jerome Baird. He worked tirelessly with the Alabama Court Reporters Association and was a two-term President. He was recognized by the Chief Justice of Alabama for his work as Chairman of the committee tasked with developing the first Bench Manual for court reporters in the state. He was also recognized at the national level through the National Court Reporter's Association and was inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Professional Reporters.
Paul will be remembered by family and friends for his outgoing personality. He loved his family dearly and his children and grandchildren were his treasures. He was a recognized leader in the churches he served and daily strived to live his Christian values and to treat all with compassion.
Survivors include his daughters, Elise Smith Evans (Millard M. Evans Jr.) of Atlanta, Ga. and Cynthia Smith Boyd (Dr. F. Leslie Boyd Jr.) of Raleigh, N.C.; his son, Paul Douglas Doug Smith Jr. (Katie McKewen) of Birmingham; his grandchildren, Taylor Leslie Boyd, Matthew Campbell Boyd, Jack Campbell Smith, and Reed Douglas Smith; his brother, Dwight Smith of Searcy, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's of Central Alabama or Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Jan. 25, 2013