John Smith
1939 - 2020
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Before graduating high school in the late 1950s John Smith was breaking news stories and providing photographs for Nashville newspapers and television stations.

His first love was the 4x5 Speed Graphic camera with a strobe flash made famous by his hero, New York City press photographer Arthur "Weegee" Fellig, known for his telling black-and-white images.

Smith later moved to film and video, spending much of his career as a CBS cameraman, his wife Jan estimating that he shot in over 100 countries, including covering multiple wars and era-defining events such as the Tiananmen Square protests.

John Smith, 80, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Jan. 29 at his home in Nashville, where he and Jan had lived since his 2017 retirement from WSB-TV. He worked for the Atlanta station the last 22 years of his career. A private "Celebration of Life" was held Feb. 8 in Nashville.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 11, 2020.
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February 18, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the John Smith family. When someone you love becomes a memory, they become a treasure in your heart forever. Godspeed.
Lt. Col. Michael H. Sarra, USA (ret.)
February 15, 2020
I was married to John 1980-2004. I accompanied him on many stories, including the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles & Princess Diana. John loved his work more than anyone I've ever known. We had so many great memories from his work at CBS News. RIP John.
Sherri Smith
February 15, 2020
Stephani Smith
February 15, 2020
Jan & Cannon we just wanted to let you know we sent our respect and thanks for all our memories in the past to us and all our children. Love Jubba and Sarah Womack
Sarah Womack
February 13, 2020
May God give peace to the Smith Family in times of remembrance. May you all take comfort from God's promise. Hosea Chapter Thirteen. Verse Fourteen. From the power of the Grave I will redeem them; From death I will recover them. God Loves You All.
Doretha Wilson
February 11, 2020
Thanks for letting us see these important events through your lens. Sincere condolences and prayers to family and friends...
Lamar Huffstutler
February 11, 2020
My condolences to John's family. I worked with John from 1980 until 1993 at the CBS News bureau in Atlanta as a photographer/editor. I have nothing but good memories of our time together. John was a great photographer.
John Egger
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