Paul Franklin Smith
1962 - 2021
BORN
July 1, 1962
DIED
January 17, 2021

Paul Franklin Smith

ATLANTA -- Paul Franklin Smith, 58 of Atlanta, Georgia, left this world suddenly Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. He was born and raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and enlisted in the United States Air force in 1981. After serving our country, Paul began civilian life in California in the late 1980s. Paul started his career with Starbucks Coffee Company 25 year ago and settled in Atlanta in 2005. He passionately enjoyed his job and valued the lifelong friendships he made throughout his career. Paul loved to travel and especially enjoyed the beach, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father John O. Smith Jr., of Orangeburg.

He is survived by his fiancé Joshua Laird of Atlanta; his mother, Viola D. Smith; his sister, Cindy Smoak; his niece, Kristen Smoak of Summerton, South Carolina; and his nephew Brandon Smoak and wife Cassie, of Newport News, Virginia.

A memorial service will be planned on a later date, due to COVID-19.

Friends and Family are encouraged to use the online guest book at Southcare.us to express their condolences.


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Published by The Times and Democrat on Jan. 23, 2021.
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My deepest condolences to the family of Paul Smith. My heart is truly broken as we mourn the loss of our dear brother/coworker. Your beautiful spirit is truly missed and i am praying comfort and peace for the family.
Cheryl Brown
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Forever in my heart.
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Kelli Rivera
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Kelli Rivera
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February 5, 2021
Words can't express how truly sorry we are for your loss Josh and family! Paul was such an original human being.... so amazingly kind, soft hearted, funny, intelligent and inspiring! Although I haven't known him as long as everyone else, he always reached out to ask me if I needed help, or just to say hi and see how I was doing. Paul has inspired me to be a better person ... he has reminded me that it's so important to call someone, see how they are doing and be that friend you're least expecting to call. He amazed me and is truly missed!! My heart is heavy for each of you & I send you my love & prayers during this difficult time. Love, Kelli Rivera, fsm & partner/friend of Paul Franklin Smith -- miss you Paul!
Kelli Rivera
Coworker
February 5, 2021
Josh Laird
January 29, 2021
Josh Laird
January 29, 2021
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January 29, 2021
Josh Laird
January 29, 2021
Memories while his mother Viola and nephew Brandon were were visiting and In-laws trip to Disney world.
Josh Laird
January 29, 2021
Paul was such an incredible Partner who always had a smile or a kind word to share. He will be incredibly missed by us all and we are all better for knowing him. Sending love, prayers and comfort to all.
Hannah Brock
Coworker
January 29, 2021
He was my everything and I will hold him in my heart forever. ❤
Josh Laird
Spouse
January 27, 2021
Paul was such a kind man. Have known him for 30 plus years and was always amazed how hard he worked and the dedication and commitment to anything he did. A person of quality and humility. Plus he could be a heck of a lot of fun. He will be missed greatly, rest in piece my friend Paul.
Gordon Miles
Friend
January 27, 2021
Sending my deepest condolences along with healing prayers and comforting hugs to Paul's family and friends during this difficult time.
Lauren Smith
Coworker
January 25, 2021
Liana Chapman
Coworker
January 25, 2021
Liana Chapman
Coworker
January 25, 2021
Liana Chapman
Coworker
January 25, 2021
Paul serving his community.
Liana Chapman
Coworker
January 25, 2021
Paul was so kind and I will miss him greatly. So funny and easy going. An amazing person gone to soon.
Maxine Walker
Coworker
January 25, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through these hard times. Paul was an amazing guy and will surely be missed.
Dena Smith
Friend
January 25, 2021
Paul was my main DM trainer when I joined Starbucks in 2006 and was the perfect person to help my transition to Starbucks because he epitomized the culture and made my time learning fun and engaging. As we moved on in our Starbucks journey whenever I would reconnect with Paul, we just picked up where we left off. He was as geniune a person as I've known and his spirit will be missed tremdenously by all he touched.
Chris Simcoe
Coworker
January 25, 2021
January 24, 2021
Rita Smith
Family
January 24, 2021
Rita Smith
Family
January 24, 2021
Rita Smith
Family
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Rita Smith
Family
January 24, 2021
Paul has such a kind soul. Everyone was a friend and if you had gone some time without talking, the next time it was as if no time had past. I would always remember our time in Augusta. We were both drove from Atlanta, he for Company Operated store and myself with Licensed Stores. If we were in market at the same time, we made a point to meet up, usually Tako Sushi for Bento Boxes. Ironically, we didn't meet too often in Atlanta, unless I saw him in the office. He will be missed my many. Prayers for his loved ones. Starbucks Family, always family
Liana Chapman
Coworker
January 24, 2021
Our hearts go out to all who knew and loved this man his family and friends I know will miss his kind and sweet smile .In pictures you could see how much he cared for the people in his life and of course Josh made his dreams come true . It's hard to find that special person in life but with no doubt they found it in each other we live in North Carolina so we always say we love you from your Carolina family . I wish we could have known him as much as some of you but we feel we knew a lot about him from his greatest love. we are so sorry for the families loss but somehow I know you will always feel him near . I have came to realize that the more I talk about the loved ones I have lost it seems to help me keep them closer may god heal your hearts and comfort you all . my condolences are with you all .love from your Carolina family !
Glenda Branson
Friend
January 23, 2021
Paul and I worked together for over 10 years. He was such a genuine person. He was one of the most kind, understanding spirits. My heart hurts but I am filled with joy thinking about all the memories and kindness he gave. Rest in peace.
Raseanda Washington
Coworker
January 23, 2021
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.” I don’t know two people with more love between them than Paul and Josh. To see the way they genuinely cared for not only each other but, for those that mattered to the other was truly beautiful. It made my heart happy to see my friend with a human as amazing as Paul. He will be missed.
Chakita Jenkins
Friend
January 23, 2021
These pics epitomize what Josh brought to Paul’s world. Paul is a 25 year high level leader with Starbucks. He lived to work and worked to live. Seriously, before Josh, Paul’s life was his work. Josh taught him work life balance and it was like watching a beautiful flower bloom. Overtime, Paul learned to slow down and smell the roses, to really let go so his heart could know true peace and love, to trust that love doesn’t judge or criticize and that he could be completely his beautiful unique self. Paul is an Air Force Veteran.

One of the first gifts from me to him was a patriotic alphabet cross stitch to honor his service. They kept it proudly hanging in their home. Josh brought our families together and that too was love at first sight. They planned at least 2 family gatherings a year, generally at fun places. We fellowshipped together, we prayed together over all those special meals we all shared. This May we were all planning to come together to celebrate his beautiful mom’s 90th birthday which was last year. We couldn’t gather then because during that time we were all Team Josh. Fortunately, and by God’s mercy, she spent a week with “her sons” in mid-December. She had the company of Paul every day while Josh was working. I thank God that this mother was given this special time with her son. They spoiled her all week, she was the star of the show. ❤
Rita and Kenny Smith
Family
January 23, 2021
Paul was one of the kindest people I have ever known. He had a way that made me feel welcome and important as a person. He will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to his family.
Sarah Schlow
Coworker
January 23, 2021
Sending Paul onward with love and heart-felt gratitude for his care and protection of those closest to him and especially Josh.
Stephen Taul
Friend
January 23, 2021
My heart breaks for your loss. I’m praying for all of you during this difficult time! Just know that while Paul may not be here in body, he will always be with you.
Samuel Kilcrease
Coworker
January 23, 2021
We would like to wish our deepest sympathy to each of you. We pray that God will wrap his loving arms around you during this most difficult time.
Love, Connie and Michael Curran
Connie and Michael Curran
Friend
January 23, 2021
Paul was friends with both of my brothers growing up in Orangeburg. My prayers to his family.
Susan S. Johnson
January 23, 2021
I knew Paul for a few years in the early 2000s when he lived in the Castro in San Francisco.

He was very fun loving and great at conversation. Smart and always warm and welcoming.

I would see him in the neighborhood and out and about throughout the years. He invited me and a few friends a couple of times for dinner at his place. I remember the time he was moving to Atlanta.

We had just recently reconnected years later in 2019 and caught up with each other’s lives via text messages. He told me about being with his fiancé about a decade now. We exchanged messages about the good old days in SF and where we are now, happy and settled, in our lives.

I am truly saddened about this news of Paul. My prayers for him, Josh, the family, and the friends he’s left behind.

I will always remember Paul for his warm laughter and spirit...


Much love,

Edilbert
Edilbert Signey
Friend
January 22, 2021
Paul was such a gentle and caring soul. He truly could be a kid a heart. We will miss you
Tanya McCarty
Friend
January 22, 2021
Josh, may God be with you and your family. Love Charles
Charles Whaley
Friend
January 22, 2021
I am so sorry for this deep loss. Prayers for Paul’s family & friends.
Kaysha DeCastro
Acquaintance
January 22, 2021
Paul was a wonderful person, one of the most genuine souls I’ll ever know! I feel so blessed just by knowing him. He’ll be missed dearly by his Starbucks family ❤ Prayers to his family.
Maria Bruns
Coworker
January 22, 2021
Forever loved and remembered, your light will always shine.
Julie Mirai
Friend
January 22, 2021
Our deepest condolence to you all. Greta and AC
Greta James
Coworker
January 22, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family and friends who loved Paul deeply. He was a wonderful and sweet man, quick witted and so giving of himself. I will always remember his beautiful smile and the wonderful hugs he gave. We love you.
Julia and Steven Stewart ❤❤
Julia Syewart
Friend
January 22, 2021