Gordon Smith
1944 - 2013
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Gordon Burns Smith - SAVANNAH - Gordon Burns Smith, 69, of Savannah and Newington GA, died August 30, 2013. The son of the late Dr. William T. Smith, Jr., and Cecilia Travis Smith, of Tifton and Savannah, he was born in Paris, Texas, and grew up in Tifton and Savannah. A graduate of Tift County High School, the University of Georgia (A.B. 1966) and The Cumberland School of Law (J.D. 1969), he was admitted to practice law in Alabama and Georgia, as well as the Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, U.S. Court for the 11th Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Court of Military Appeals. He was formerly in the private practice of law in Savannah, and served as assistant Chatham County Attorney; later chief of the Felony Prosecution Team as Assistant Chatham County District Attorney; and Title Attorney, Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation. Smith was a communicant and Sunday school teacher at St. John's Episcopal Church of Savannah. Smith was a graduate of U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools at Fort Benning; Field Artillery Basic and Career Courses at Fort Sill; Quartermaster Corps Basic and S4/G4 Courses at Fort Lee; Judge Advocate General's Corps Basic and Career Courses at the University of Virginia; and Command and General Staff College at the University of Southern Mississippi. He served as captain in 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam (Lam Son 719 and 720); later as a field artillery battery commander; and subsequently, staff judge advocate. He served as acting chief of administrative law United Nations Command\U.S. Forces-Korea\Eighth U.S. Army, Republic of Korea, 1990; and as brigade staff judge advocate, 48th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, 1990-1991. He retired in 1994 as lieutenant colonel, USAR, and colonel, GaANG. He was decorated with the Bronze Star (Second Award) and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Badge with Palm in Vietnam, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, etc. The 48th Mechanized Infantry Brigade inducted him into its Hall of Fame as a member of the Order of the Volunteer, and the United States Field Artillery inducted him into the Honorable Military Order of St. Barbara. He was former chairman, Chatham County Board of Elections (in which position, he successfully led the effort to computerize the voting machines of Chatham County); past member of the Tidelands Community Health Center Advisory Council (Certificate of Award for Distinguished Achievement); and chairman, Savannah-Chatham County Historical Site and Monuments Commission. He was also active in many patriotic and heritage organizations at local state and national level, including the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia; Sons of the Revolution; Society of Colonial Wars; St. Andrew's Society of Savannah; the Hibernian Society of Savannah; Military Order of Stars and Bars; member of Ellis E. Williams Post No 7116, Sylvania, Georgia, Veterans of Foreign Wars; and the Georgia Salzburger Society. Smith's extensive lifelong masonic involvement included being past master of Landrum Lodge No. 48, F. & A.M.; member of Newington Lodge No. 503, F. & A.M.; honorary and past chairman of the Executive Committee, Savannah Valley of the Scottish Rite (A.A.S.R., S.J.); past prior of Georgia Priory No. 39, Knights of the York Cross of Honour; past recorder and past sovereign, Oglethorpe Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine; past chairman of the Trial Commission for the 1st District of Georgia, Grand Lodge of Georgia F. & A.M. In Scouting he began as a Bobcat in 1952, then earning Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm, God and Country Award, member of Immokalee Lodge No. 353 and Vigil Honor Member of Tomo Chi-Chi Lodge No. 119, Order of the Arrow (Adult Service Award from Tomo Chi-Chi Lodge); past National Council Representative and past President, Coastal Empire Council No. 99, B.S.A. 2005 through 2007; received the Silver Beaver Award; and earned the Wood Badge and the Adult Scouter's Training Award Medal. In 2007, his presidency of the Coastal Empire Council No. 99 included the creation of a permanent endowment fund, for which effort a site at Camp Black Creek in Screven County was dedicated in his memory as a retreat for reflection. He designed numerous, beautiful patches and neckerchiefs, and compiled History of Chehaw Council No. 97, Boy Scouts of America; History of Coastal Empire Council No. 99, Boy Scouts of America; and Camp Blue Heron, Coastal Empire Council, B.S.A. Smith published numerous books and articles, including The Chatham Artillery, 1786-2011; History of The Savannah Bar Association; The History Of The Georgia Militia, 1783-1861 (four volumes); Morningstars of Liberty: The Revolutionary War in Georgia, 1775-1783, Vol. 1; Morningstars of Liberty: Georgia Continental Officers During the American Revolution, 1775-1783, Vol. 2; History Of The Society Of Colonial Wars In The State Of Georgia, 1987-2007; The Hibernian Society of Savannah: History of the Second Hundred Years (2013); and co-authored with his wife Ghost Dances and Shadow Pantomimes, Vol. 1. In 2008 the Sons of the American Revolution awarded him the Stephen Taylor Award for the person who by his research and writings, has made a distinguished contribution to the preservation of the history of the American Revolutionary era and its Patriots. In 2010 the Atlanta Chapter of the Society of Colonial Wars awarded him its C. Sims Bray Literary Award. In 2012 The Society of the Cincinnati of the State of Georgia awarded Smith its George Washington Award for Patriotic Achievement. Survivors include his wife Anna Habersham Wright Smith; two children, Raiford Laurence Smith (Stephanie) of Charlotte NC, and Mrs. Evelyn Falligant (Smith) Fredericksen of Irvine, CA; granddaughter Hannah Elisabeth Smith; and brothers and sisters: Dr. Bruce Alexander Smith (Mary Jane) of Albany GA, Dr. Livingston Travis Smith (Cheryl) of Augusta GA; Dr. Christopher Campbell Smith (Cissy) of Albany GA; Judge Nancy Terrell Stephenson (John) of Albany GA; and Dr. Cecilia Darracott McKay of Chapel Hill NC, together with numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Savannah on Saturday, 7 September 2013 at 11:30 AM E.D.T. Interment will follow at Bonaventure Cemetery. Remembrances: St. John's Episcopal Church, 1 West Macon Street, Savannah, GA 31401, or the charity or organization of one's choice. 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Published in Savannah Morning News from Aug. 31 to Sep. 5, 2013.
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April 6, 2014
I was sad to hear of the loss of Gordon. I had many great conversations with him regarding the Society of Cincinnati of the Sate of Georgia just prior to his passing. I am amazed of all the achievements of Gordon. He will be missed by many who knew him.
Jan Burroughs
January 7, 2014
The Sons of the Revolution in the state of Georgia have placed a beautiful memorial to Gordon on their web page:
Thank you all for your wonderful messages. Anna
September 17, 2013
Godspeed, Gordon. The Lord is with you and called you home.
David Swafford
September 15, 2013
I first met Gordon, many years ago, when I was in college- he gave me great information for researching Richard Richardson, builder of the Owens Thomas House! Later, I became aware that we were both members of the Savannah Area Genealogical Association. As president of SAGA, and on behalf of his fellow members, I would like to extend our condolences to Gordon's wife, children, granddaughter, siblings, other family and friends. As is customary, at SAGA, when a member passes on, a book will be purchased, in his honor, for the Georgia Room of Live Oak Library. He shared his vast knowledge so generously with everyone- we know he will approve! He will be greatly missed by the Savannah community.
Carol Thompson
September 7, 2013
Gordon set a standard in his life that many would aspire to, but few achieve. Always courteous, helpful and insightful, he was a mentor and inspiration to amateur and professional historians, and his research and writings concerning the Colonial Period remain the best, and in some cases, only source for accurate information. It was an honor to have known him.
Our condolences and sympathies to his family and many friends,
William C. Fleetwood, Jr.
William Fleetwood
September 6, 2013
As Long as I can remember, we used to call each other "cuz" when we would see each other. We did not really know the exact relationship but it was fun any way.. Although we belonged to many of the same Social organizations, it was his recommendation that I look into several groups that I am now a member of. His Passing will leave a huge Deficit in many of the Groups that he was a part of. Please accept my sympathy and condolences and know that he will live on in the hearts and minds of his family and of those who knew him.
Barbara M Davidson
September 6, 2013
One word that Gordon embodied was honor. He laid his life on the line in honor for his family, his country, his faith in God, his culture, and too much to list. I will miss him dearly.
Dawson Long
September 5, 2013
September 5, 2013
So sad to lose a cousin I have known since early childhood. My love and sympathy to all the family
Cecilia Travis
September 5, 2013
My wife and I are sorry to learn of Gordon Smith's death, although we did not know him well. He was instrumental in helping me to prove that I am qualified to be a member of the Society of The Cincinnati. He graciously spent an entire day with us getting my recommendation and squiring us around Savannah.
We extend our condolences to his family.
Dr. and Mrs. J. Douglas Cawley (Denver, Colorado)
September 5, 2013
So sad to hear of Gordon's death.He was always so much fun to talk to at The Society of the Cincinnati of Georgia meetings. He would say we were cousins, but I never inquired how or if he was saying this in jest because of his middle name. A truely great Patriot has left us.
Derry Burns
September 5, 2013
Gordon was a fine individual, attorney and historian who will be missed by all. I am aware his last years were difficult. My condolences and thoughts are with his family. Stanley Harris, Jr.
Stanley Harris, Jr.
September 4, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
September 4, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy and your family. Judy Powell
Judy Powell
September 4, 2013
God Bless you all. What a fine man. We are are going to miss you Gordon. I have treasured memories of you and all of our family. Thank you!
Robley Smith
September 3, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family
Wayne and Elizabeth Yesbick
September 3, 2013
As the surviving member of the Anna and Hilton Hutchinson family of Tifton, GA, I send thoughts and prayers to all the Smith clan, particularly to Gordon's immediate family. My memories of the early Smith family are a treasure. Blessings, Julia (JuJu) Hutchinson Young
Julia (JuJu) Young
September 3, 2013
from kevin and myles Norris were so sorry
kevin norris
September 3, 2013
I am so very sorry for your loss. Sandra Edge Albany,Ga.
September 3, 2013
To the Smith family:
We would like to extend our sympathy to the entire Smith family during this time of mourning. We are praying for you and know that Gordon has taken his rightful place in heaven.
Terry Martin
September 3, 2013
I am sorry to learn of Gordon's passing. Though I did not know him well his parents were members of my church when I was in Savannah. I remember Bill saying that he counted up once and realized he had paid for 48 years of college and grad school! Your parents were great people and great friends. It looks like the apple didn't fall far from the tree.
Dr. Harriss Ricks
Harriss Ricks
September 3, 2013
Gordon was a classmate of mine in Tifton, GA. In the sixth grade we shared "friendship" rings for a while. He was always a special person to me. I am glad to see that he had a very involved and productive life. My sympathy and prayers go out to his wife and the rest of his family.
Catharine M. Tyson
September 3, 2013
Ceciliand family. Gordon and I talked about scouts many times. His time with the Flint River and Cheehaw Council will always be remembered. When you look in the sky tonight you will see his star talking back to you. He loved you all so very much and many of us who knew him in Scouting and in Heraldry Societies especially Georgia SAR will always remember how much we appreciated his efforts and Friendship. Gods prayers and hands will always be with you. In the Spirit of the Great Scout Master Charles H. Dayhuff, Eagle Scout Georgia
Charles Dayhuff
September 2, 2013
Hey, Travis, sorry about your brother. What a man!
J. Fred Stansell
September 2, 2013
Col. Gordon B. Smith was a dear friend and helped me so many times both in tha NG. He helped in the BCHS in Bulloch County of which he was a lift time member. He will be dearly missed.
CSM Rodney J. Harville
September 2, 2013
To Cecilia and the Smith Family: Gordon was always a bright presence to me. I always appreciated his humor, intellect, and different perspective on life's events when we met. He'll be missed - you're all in my thoughts.
K. M. Peterson
September 2, 2013
" A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child". Gordon served the Coastal Empire Council of Boy Scouts of America for a long time in as unselfish a manner as one would expect from a true gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Tom Cunningham
September 2, 2013
May your many memories give you strength at this time...
Pansy Stephenson Hawk
September 2, 2013
Dear Anna,
We have lost a truly great man. As we share in your grief, I reflect on the loss of that gentleman and genuine son of the South. His greeting with a smile and strong handshake, his friendship, leadership and keen knowledge will be sorely missed.
Bob Brannen
Commander: Military Order of the
Stars and Bars
Bob Brannen
September 2, 2013
A friend for 35 years, Gordon was an amazingly courteous and helpful person to all he was associated with.
Paschal Bignault
September 2, 2013
Gordon positively impacted the lives of many young people in his role as President of the Coastal Empire Council, BSA. He was a friend and a gentleman.
Pat O'Connor
September 2, 2013
Dear Friend, You will be missed. You were an inspiration. Our prayers are with your family.
Lil Shurtleff
September 2, 2013
A brilliant individual with a remarkable memory and a love for history.
George Thurmond
September 1, 2013
God speed you on your way. Blessings and honor to the Smith family.
Charles Rogers
September 1, 2013
Gordon, was an awesome gentleman and I was enjoyed our visits together. The stories and his concern for what was going on with Veterans of Foreign Wars always was inspirational. I and VFW Post 7116 will miss him greatly.
Peter Mayer
September 1, 2013
Rest in peace my Compatriot friend....from your loyal friend in the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution.
Bob Faith
September 1, 2013
A gentleman and scholar...He will be greatly missed.
Hardwick Johnson
August 31, 2013
What an outstanding man we just lost! I send my prayers to his wonderful family. I know he will be missed.
Toni Marcus Elkins
August 31, 2013
Gordon Smith was an extraordinary person, and I am proud to have been his friend for many years. A very able attorney and historian, he never let his intellect and forceful personality get in the way of his humility and peaceful and persuasive ways of getting people together for his many causes.
I will miss him very much, and wish the best for Anna and the rest of Gordon's family.
Sincerely, Spencer Connerat, Jr.
Spencer Connerat
August 31, 2013
An awesome man and brother! I will miss him
Travis Smith
August 31, 2013
TO THE SMITH FAMILY, I am sorry to hear about the lost of your loved one. May the family find comfort in the memories of him while keeping in mind the scriptural hope of everlasting life. JONH 17:3
Ann White
August 31, 2013
I enjoyed being with Gordon and Anna many times. I will miss him. My heart goes out to his loving wife Anna, son Raiford, and all family members.
Marsha Dale
August 31, 2013
Gordon Smith had an amazing memory, a gift for understanding history, was always a gentleman, and I appreciate the patient way he answered my questions about history and law.

My sympathy to Anna and their family.
Sharen Lee
August 31, 2013
Georgia has lost a great son, one of its foremost history authorities, a good friend to all that knew him, and an exemplary Scout. He unselfishly assisted hundreds of people with their genealogy and family history and served as top leader of most of the hereditary and military societies he was a member of. We all send our love and condolences to Anna. Please know that we all grieve with her at the loss of this man who touched so many lives.
Bob Thomas
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