SMITH, Douglass DOUGLASS CUNNINGHAM SMITH, 70, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, November 14, 2011, after an extended battle with lymphoma. Doug, a leader in the industrial supply industry, was recognized as the nation's Outstanding Distributor of the Year in 1994. He co-founded Boring & Smith in Atlanta, Georgia and later acquired Ensco Supply in Greensboro, North Carolina and Dixie Industrial Supply in Shelby, North Carolina to form Industrial Distribution Group, which had more than 20 locations and over 300 associates with an unmatched reputation for quality. In 1997, he joined forces with eight other companies to form Industrial Distribution Group, the ninth largest publically traded industrial distributor in the country. Doug grew up in Parkville, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, and graduated from the University of Maryland where he was an active member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. He moved to Atlanta in 1965 as a sales representative for Black & Decker and soon met Sue, his beloved wife of 44 years, at Druid Hills United Methodist Church. After earning his MBA from Emory University in 1971 and working briefing for IBM, Doug co-founded Boring & Smith in 1972. In retirement, Doug loved playing with his four grandchildren. He enjoyed adventures: annually salmon fishing in Alaska, pheasant hunting in South Dakota, and skiing in Colorado. Doug and Sue also relished their regular vacations in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The door to his home was always open and Doug enjoyed grilling and hosting parties with friends and family. Doug was the son of the late Eloise Haynie Smith and Hugh Smith. Doug is survived by his wife, Sue Smith, daughters Brook Mallory and Ginny Byrnes, sons-in-law Kerry Mallory and Paul Byrnes and grandchildren Sydney, Noah, Paul and Lainey. A visitation for family and friends will be held at Oak Grove United Methodist Church on Thursday, November 17, from 4 - 6 pm. The funeral service will be on Friday, November 18, at 2 pm at Oak Grove United Methodist Church with a visitation immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Church or CaringBridge.org. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Georgia 404- 355-7627.
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 16, 2011.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Dear Sue, I have just learned about your loss. I have known Doug for over 25 years and had much fun and good business relations over those years. He was a good man and a true giver in life. I will miss him! My heart goes out to you, the girls, and the grand children, Sincerely Joe misiura
November 30, 2011
I had the pleasure of working with Doug for twenty years. He was an innovator in the industry and a kind and thoughtful man. My condolences to the family. May God comfort you.
November 20, 2011
Our condolences to the family of Doug Smith.
November 18, 2011
Dear Sue: My wife, Bernie, and I are saddened to learn of Doug's death. Our sympathies to you and your family. Always enjoyed Doug at DEN or IDG meetings. He was a special guy. JOhn Zimmer Manitowoc, WI
November 17, 2011
Dick and Linda Rothenburg. Our condolences to Sue and her family.
November 16, 2011
To The Family Of Douglass Smith: I am sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort help you in this most difficult time. (2 Cor. 1:3,4)