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Alan Smith

Columbus, Mississippi

Aug 8, 1951 – Jul 26, 2020


August 8, 1951
July 26, 2020
Columbus, Mississippi


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Memorial Gunter Peel Funeral Home and Crematory - 2nd Ave. North - Columbus Obituary


Samuel Alan Smith, 68, peacefully left this world on Sunday July 26, 2020 at his home surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer.

Alan’s love of plants and gardens began in high school when he took his first job at a nursery in Hattiesburg.  He began his own business and started a family in Amory in 1977 and expanded both when he moved to Columbus in 1989.  He and his wife Susan owned and operated Smith Landscaping and the Greenhouse for more than 30 years. His talent can be seen throughout the area.  Alan’s gardening legacy will continue to be a gift to all those that love him as the seasons change.

Alan had a strong and always intelligent faith. He was a dedicated elder of First Presbyterian Church, and led numerous ministries over the years including the Living Waters World Missions and the School Lunch Backpack program.  He was also a lifetime member of the Loft Choir- a tenor, who’s voice will always be remembered.

Family was, by far, the most important thing in his life.

Alan was born in 1951 in Hattiesburg, MS to the late Thomas and Alice Smith.

He is survived by his devoted wife Susan Smith, their six children and eight grandchildren: Freyja Stoltz (David Stoltz, grandchildren Peter and Joseph Stoltz), Amanda Bowen (Nick Pfifer), Abby Rippy (grandson Tyler Rippy and Ana Grace Rutherford ), Rachel Hurt (John David Hurt, granddaughter Caroline Hurt), Clay Bowen (Shannon Bowen, grandchildren Colton and Reagan Merchant and Landon Bowen) and Spencer Smith (Erin Kempker, granddaughter Jessie Smith), his two sisters Cynthia Blacklaw and Tommy Anne Lawrence and his brother Jeffrey Smith-DeBlieu.

His services will be held in the gardens he designed at First Presbyterian Church on Bluecutt on Wednesday, July 29th. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m., and will be followed by a hilltop service at 10:00 a.m.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to First Presbyterian Church at P.O. Box 9681 Columbus, MS 39705.


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Alan was such a great person - he radiated goodness! Caring, soft spoken, considerate, so kind..... He will be sorely missed by his family, but also by those of us who saw him rarely. He made a big impact on Erin and our family. We are truly sorry for your loss, and sending you our thoughts and prayers from Missouri.

Len & Deb Kempker

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Randy and I consider you a very special friend and our hearts are sad. We love you.
Randy and Karen

My deepest sympathy to your family, Alan!! You were truly a great man and friend..

Our hearts and sympathy go out to you and your whole family. We will be praying for the peace of God's love for all of you.

Sharing your sorrow with special memories of our children’s lives entwined with school, sports and Front Line musicals. Micah, Caleb and Bethany join me with prayers for all of you during these difficult days.

So blessed to have known Alan from the time we moved to Columbus in 1997 and first drove “ up the hill” to First Presbyterian. He was a sweet soul and will be sorely missed. Our love and prayers to Susan and the whole family.
With love,
Alan and Pat Lemmermann

Sending love and deepest condolences to you and your family, Rachel. May the Lord comfort you as you pass through this time of loss! Love, Maureen

Susan, We send our love, prayers, and deepest sympathy. Wanda and Dale Pierce