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Frank C. "Bucky" SMITH Jr.


1936 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Frank C. "Bucky" SMITH Jr. Obituary
SMITH, Jr., Bucky "Frank C. Smith Jr." Bucky Smith (Frank C. Smith, Jr.) died peacefully on Thursday, November 2 surrounded by family at the age of 81. Bucky is survived by his wife, Susan Hager Smith; daughter, Kim Smith Brannen (Charlie Brannen) of Dothan, Alabama; son, Scott Smith (Cynthia Gillen Smith) of Woodstock, Illinois; and Becky Smith Oliver (Lee Oliver, III) of Macon, Georgia. Bucky was blessed with six loving grandchildren and three great grandchildren: David Brannen (Callie and children Moses, Oliver, Emmy), Cooper Brannen (Elizabeth), Mackenzie and Cooper Smith, and Lee IV and Michael Oliver. Bucky is also survived by his large extended family including his two precious sisters, Dorothy Smith Sewell and Jean Smith Price, both of Austell, Georgia, and countless loving nieces, nephews and cousins. And oh what a joyful reunion when his son, David, met him at the gates of Heaven. Bucky was born on July 5, 1936 in Austell, Georgia to Frank Sr. and Tillie Leonard Smith. He graduated high school from Marist in 1954 and is a member of the Ivy Street Gang. This distinction denotes students who attended and graduated from the original Marist campus located in downtown Atlanta on Ivy Street. He played football for Marist and is a member of the Blue and Gold Circle for holding a school football record. Bucky later attended and graduated (1958) from Carnegie Tech University (now Carnegie-Mellon University) in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania with a degree in Printing Management. He walked on and played football for Carnegie Tech. While at Carnegie Tech, Bucky pledged the fraternity Alpha Tau Omega. Bucky experienced unique and life long friendships with his Marist classmates/teammates and ATO Brothers that remained active and vital in his everyday life. He married Susan (Decatur High School 1955), his high school sweetheart, in 1956. Upon returning to Atlanta, Bucky began working for Stein Printing Company in general management and worked his way to be a successful Account Executive. After leaving Stein he later worked for Phoenix Communications and Executive Printing Incorporated of Marietta. Bucky was a lover of all things outdoors, avid hunter and fisherman and officiated high school football in the 1960s-70s. Throughout his life, Bucky was very active and instrumental in leadership, ministry, and missions at First United Methodist Church of Marietta and fulfilled God's purpose later at Stonebridge Church located on the Marietta Square. No matter where he worshiped, Bucky always sought to serve Christ and be a vessel for His work. Close to Bucky's heart at Stonebridge Church was the Acts 6 Ministry where volunteers assist homeless in obtaining essential documents such as birth certificates and supplying other resources to aid them in securing employment. Volunteers also met their spiritual needs by praying and sharing the gospel with them. Bucky also brought the Day of Healing Prayer to Stonebridge. This ministry serves all in need of prayer and the doors are open for anyone to receive God's blessing. His service also reached to the anti-trafficking effort as he served as a team member for Out of Darkness ministry. Above all else, Bucky is appreciated by many for his generous commitment and investment of time to their spiritual growth. He will be most remembered for his focus on the heart and pointing people towards heaven. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 3 o'clock Sunday, November 19 at Riverstone Church located at 2005 Stilesboro Road, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152 with a reception to follow in the Gathering Hall. Dr. Charles Sineath and Pastors David Eldridge and Tom Tanner will officiate the Ceremony. All are welcome to attend and remember Bucky's life. Contributions can be made in loving memory to The Bucky Smith Memorial Fund for Missions payable to and in care of Stonebridge Church at 176 Roswell Street, Marietta, Georgia 30060 or use the link https://stonebridgemarietta.org/giving for online giving. The family would like to thank WellStar Community Hospice and Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain along with countless friends and family for their love, prayers and support during this journey. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta is handling the arrangements. www.mayeswarddobbins.com 770-428-1511.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 11, 2017
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