Randolph R. Smith M.D.
1944 - 2019
Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors - Augusta
214 Davis Road
Augusta, GA
Randolph Relihan Smith, M.D., beloved husband of Becky Jo Hardy Smith, died on July 6, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of the late Maxine Relihan Smith and Lester Vernon Smith of Augusta, GA, and was named for his maternal grandfather Randolph Cheatham Relihan of Douglas, GA, who was the Sheriff of Coffee County from 1928 to 1948.

Born April 13, 1944 at University Hospital in Augusta, Dr. Smith attended public schools in Augusta, including Richmond Academy, where he is a member of the ARC Hall of Fame. He earned a football scholarship to Clemson University, where he played for Hall of Fame Coach Frank Howard, graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine.

He was drafted by the New York Jets of the AFL and the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL before the leagues merged, but instead of professional football, Dr. Smith chose a life of service, graduating in 1970 from the Medical College of Georgia, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Smith completed an internship in internal medicine at Wake Forest University, and residencies in otolaryngology at Duke University and plastic surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. He also completed a hand surgery fellowship at the University of Louisville (KY). He was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Smith also served as a Major in the active reserves of the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

Dr. Smith practiced plastic surgery and hand surgery at University Hospital for over 40 years and served in various leadership roles, including as President of the medical staff, co-chief fund raiser for the Heart and Vascular Institute, and Chairman of the Board of University Health, Inc., the hospital's governing board.

He was President of the Exchange Club of Augusta, which awarded him the Book of Golden Deeds for community service, and served as chairman of the Investment Committee of the Clemson University Foundation. One of just five football players to ever receive an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) from Clemson, he was also awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Clemson Alumni Association and the Steve and Margaret Bond Distinguished Athletes Award by the Clemson Athletic Department.

He was a founder of Georgia Bank and Trust (now South State Bank), where he served as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Smith was a lifelong communicant of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, serving as Senior Warden and fund raiser for the Children's Ministry Building. He also served as President of the Georgia Profits Investment Club.

Dr. Smith was a volunteer surgeon in developing countries from 1982 to 2015, during which time he made 40 trips to the Far East, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Central and South America, where he performed reconstructive surgery primarily on children and young adults related to war wounds, cancer, birth defects and burns.

He was recognized for his humanitarian work by various local governments where he volunteered, as well as by the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of Georgia (Jack A. Raines, M.D. Humanitarian Award), the Rotary Club of Augusta, GA (Paul Harris Fellow), the Georgia Hospital Association (Physician Hero in the Hospital Award), the Richmond County Medical Society (Civic Endeavor Award), the City of Augusta, and Columbia County.

Dr. Smith was an endurance athlete who ran more than 35,000 miles in his lifetime. He participated in many long-distance road races, and after age 65 he competed in six Iron Man Augusta 70.3 races (swim, bike, run).

Dr. Smith was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and was a direct descendent of Stephen Hopkins, who was a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620.

He loved history, traveling and, above all, spending time with his family and friends. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and his family will miss him dearly.

Surviving family members are his wife of 35 years, Becky, children Katherine Cross Smith of New York City, Randolph Relihan Smith, Jr. (Monica) of Atlanta, GA, Rebecca Elizabeth Smith Ashmore (Jerry) of Augusta, GA, and Michael Daniel Smith (Erin) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren Randolph Relihan Smith III, Daniel Cheatham Smith, Maxine Irene Smith, Louis Navarro Smith, Jerry Thomas Ashmore IV, and Randolph Relihan Smith Ashmore; nieces Mary Barrett Smith of Mobile, AL, and Sarah Daniel Smith of Augusta, GA, who are daughters of his late brother William Patrick Smith; and nephews John Story, Greg Story and Clinton Hardy II.

The family gives special thanks to Georgia McCarthan for the loving care she provided Dr. Smith.

The memorial service will be Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 605 Reynolds Street, Augusta, GA 30901, the Rev. George D. Muir and Rev. Dr. Rodger B. Murchison officiating.

The family will receive visitors after the service at the River Room at St. Paul's. Members of the Exchange Club of Augusta and members of the Board of University Health, Inc. will serve as honorary pallbearers. There will be a private interment at Summerville Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the University Health Care Foundation, 2100 Central Avenue, D-1, Augusta, GA 30904, or St. Paul's Church, 605 Reynolds Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com

Published by The Augusta Chronicle on Jul. 8, 2019.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
River Room at St. Paul's
Memorial service
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
605 Reynolds Street, Augusta, GA
Funeral services provided by:
Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors - Augusta
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

38 Entries
Thinking of you Becky! So grateful you have an awesome family to continue to hold you up as well as the love of Christ who strengthens you. I know you miss him sumtin sumtin. Love Lynne and Jamie Zachrich
Lynne Zachrich
July 2, 2020
A wonderful person who will be sorely missed by so many.
Paula Dodson
August 9, 2019
Dearest Becky and Family,
I learned of Randy's passing last night while sharing a glass of wine and appetizer with Tammy Berry at the Harbor Town Yacht Club. Jamie and I send our heartfelt sympathies. May Gods Peace comfort you in your sadness and give you comfort knowing he's wearing all four crowns in his eternal home.
Lynne and Jamie Zachrich
July 19, 2019
Thinking of your family thru this sad time and the tough months to come...Laura Muckenfuss, Saint Pauls Congregation
July 17, 2019
Dr.Smith will truly be missed. He provided many caring services to us with love.
H Striggles
July 13, 2019
Mrs. Smith employees of the former Minyard Electric wish to express our condolences in your time of grief. Mr. Leroy passed last March but always thought highly of you both and we were honored to provide you both with our electrical services over the years. May GOD Comfort you and your family at this difficult time.
With Deepest Sympathy
The Family of Leroy Minyard
Patricia Minyard
July 12, 2019
Randy our creative ,kind ,generous colleague , teacher and friend. Master Surgeon ,Gentleman Role model. Surgery an art, a science , a way of life.
His presence continues in our surgical realm and in the much broader scence .
Edmond ritter
July 12, 2019
Becky I'm so sorry for you loss. From the 1st time I was introduced to Dr. Smith, back when I work for Stereo City I knew he was a good man. Through out all the year when I would see the two of you I really enjoyed our conversations. I remember Dr Smith talking to me about health issues I had. He always came over that he really care for the people around him. That made me feel really good to see that side of him. He will be missed. I will have you in my prayers.
Steven Harris
July 11, 2019
Dr. Randy Smith is the BEST. I will never forget how he stitched by son's head with 12 stitches in the parking lot of University Hospital emergency room keeping us both calm by all means with my son's head between by knees. We still and just recently laugh about those memories last week. I will always remember his beautiful smile no matter of his long day when he walked in Health Central on 13th street every day. Becky Jo, be strong as he would want you to be. I remember when he first met you and told me "Rose, Becky Jo is the love of my life". I will cherish those memories FOREVER.
Rest in peace Dr. Smith. Your helping hand has left lasting memories that will last a life time
Rose Brown Jones
July 11, 2019
Rest in Peace, Randy. I will always remember you and cherish the love you shared with each of us. You were such a good friend.

I pray for your family as I know how important they were to you. I am thankful that you have gone to a place where the pain and suffering have ended. Rest in Peace.
Hope Andregg Bjerke
July 11, 2019
Randy was my classmate throughout elementary and high school. The great times that we had in Skeeter Griffin's Physics class will be remembered always. I was the only female in a classroom of big strapping football players and Mr. Griffin had a nickname for all of us!! So much fun!
Randy was not only a star on the athletic field, he was an intellectual star also. He will be missed by all in the class of '62 and remembered by all of his classmates.
May God bless the family and comfort and keep you in this sad, sad time. Randy was a blessing to so many!
Ellen Underwood
July 11, 2019
Dr Theo Thevaos
July 11, 2019
He will surely be missed
at the Barber shop.
Our prayers are with you Becky, and the family.
Tim Durden
July 11, 2019
Randy was one of a kind.... there're be few as good ever to take his place. We are all better for having him in our lives. His candle will burn forever. Becky, family... my love and prayers.
Thomas Tantillo
July 11, 2019
Helen Howard
July 11, 2019
Dr. Smith was one of the kindest caring physicians I've ever known . He always had a smile for you. My heart goes out to his family I know you will miss him dearly.
Lynn Hadden
July 10, 2019
Dr Smith was always a pleasure to work with when he came to the Emergency Dept . He always had a smile and a positive outlook whenever I saw him. He made an impact and will be sorely missed.
Denise Simon
July 10, 2019
Our deepest sympathies.

Larry and Dianne Prather
July 10, 2019
a loved one
July 10, 2019
a loved one
July 10, 2019
a loved one
July 10, 2019
So sorry to hear of Randy's death. He will be missed by many.

Buck and Patty Ann Bibb
July 10, 2019
Randy, you gave everyone their dignity.
A great Augustan always.
You are now in the hands of God.
Bless you our friend.
Joe Milford
Joseph Milford
July 10, 2019
Kevin Lulham
July 9, 2019
A very man, a very good friend that will be missed.
Paula Dodson
July 9, 2019
dan williams
July 9, 2019
Becky, I am so sorry to hear of Randy passing. My prayers are with you and all your family.

Nell Adams
July 9, 2019
I am sending your family my condolences for their loss. May the entire family find peace in knowing that God cares for you. God will help you and sustain you during these difficult times 1 Peter 5:6,7
July 9, 2019
To Becky and family,We are very sorry for the passing of Randy. He was a great human being who helped a lot of people affected by war and violence. We know he will be missed by all the patients he helped and the lives that he touched including people in the West Bank in Palestine.We are sorry to miss the memorial service because we are out of town but our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.May God give you strength.
Naila and Ramzi Assad
July 8, 2019
Gene and I send to you all our love and sympathy. So sorry we cannot be there but we share your loss. Gene has such great memories of their friendship.He will forever cherish those memories. Jane and Gene Neal
July 8, 2019
Randy Smith was one of my best friends and classmates at MCG. Although I only attended one year we stayed in touch over the years. Every time I saw him he made me feel so special. That was one of his many gifts. He would address me Walter Vivian Worsham, III and I would reply Randolph Relihan Smith. His obituary says it all. A giant in his profession he will be missed by so many. My heartfelt sympathies go out to Becky, the kids and grandkids, his colleagues and the legions of institutions and lives he touched during an exemplary life of service.
Walter Vivian Worsham, III
July 8, 2019
Dr Smith was a wonderful man. He taught me so much in my first years as a surgical tech. He always had a smile and kept me laughing. I loved hearing his stories. He had a heart of gold and will be missed dearly. I will continue to pray for his family.
July 8, 2019
I'm sending my love and condolences to you. I am so sorry.
Kim Fulcher Blevins
Kim Blevins
July 8, 2019

Randy was an extraordinary gentleman and we were saddened to hear of his death.

You will see him again!

All blessings,

Jane and Jim Silcox
July 8, 2019
May it bring special comfort to know that others care and share your loss.Thinking of you and family at this time of loss.
July 8, 2019
My many heartfelt thoughts and prayers to family, friends, colleagues and patients of Dr. Smith.
He will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him
Mary Stallings Clarke
July 8, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss. I hope your hearts are filled with loving memories and may you find comfort in knowing that God will bind up the broken-hearted and comfort those who mourn. Isa. 61:1,2
July 8, 2019
This man had a heart of gold!I am so happy our Paths crossed in this crazy world.Dr Smith loved his family dearly. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.Amanda Wilcher Chalker
Amanda Chalker
July 8, 2019
Showing 1 - 38 of 38 results