NUMA L. SMITH Jr.

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SMITH NUMA L. SMITH, JR. Numa L. Smith, Jr. died on December 10, 2012 at the age of 97. He was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the son of Numa L. Smith and Grace Hanes Smith. He is survived by his dearly beloved wife Mary Gray Smith, their two children and their offspring: Elizabeth Hanes McCarthy and her son, R. Clark McCarthy, Jr. and step-daughter Deborah M. Auriffeille; Lamar Douglas Smith and his daughters Sierra and Summer and his granddaughter Suzanne Demisch and her son Marlowe. His brother James Thomas Smith still resides in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Smith wanted to be remembered for his high standards, compassion and love of family. Numa was an excellent student and able lawyer. He graduated first in his class from High Point High School in North Carolina and summa cum laude from Furman University, in S.C. where he received the University's Bradshaw-Feaster Medal for General Excellence. In 1938 he entered the School of Law of Duke University, graduating first in his class in and among other honors was elected to the Order of the Coif. Shortly before he graduated from law school he and Mary Catherine Gray, a distinguished graduate of Furman University, were married. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on March 24, 2012. Mr. Smith worked for White & Case in New York City after graduating from law school and after serving in the US Army for three years, joined Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C. where he spent the remainder of his legal career. A former colleague recently remarked that Numa "will be fondly remembered for his gentlemanly, even courtly, demeanor and charm, which were found in equal measure in the office and on the golf course." Upon retirement he and Mary moved to Naples, Florida in 1996 where they became permanent residents. Mr. Smith was a member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the New York State Court of Appeals, and The Tax Court of the United States and other courts of original jurisdiction. He was a life member of the American Law Institute and the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Smith served on the Boards of several charitable, religious and educational organizations, including the Miller & Chevaliers Charitable Foundation, the Memorial Baptist Church Foundation, and A Presidential Classroom for Young Americans, the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School and as president of the Duke Law School Alumni Association. He was also a member of The Founders Society of Duke University. He funded a scholarship fund at Duke Law School that is now, as of Mr. Smith's death, named after him. Funeral services will be held in Naples, Florida and Arlington, VA. The Naples services will be held at Hodges Funeral Home, 525 111th Ave., Naples, Florida 34108 on January 9 at 11 a.m. On January 12, a service will be held at Memorial Baptist Church at 3455 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel. The family requests donations to The Parkinson's Action Network, The Numa L. Smith Scholarship Fund at Duke University Law School or AVOW Hospice in Naples, Florida in lieu of flowers.Funeral services will be held in Naples, Florida and Arlington, VA. The Naples services will be held at Hodges Funeral Home, 525 111th Ave., Naples, Florida 34108 on January 9 at 11 a.m. On January 12, a service will be held at Memorial Baptist Church at 3455 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel. The family requests donations to The Parkinson's Action Network, The Numa L. Smith Scholarship Fund at Duke University Law School or AVOW Hospice in Naples, Florida in lieu of flowers.

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 2, 2013
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