Remembering Charles Benjamin Smith, June 17, 1937-May 21, 2010
When we first told him that I was pregnant, Mr. Charlie promptly stated, “Well, I guess it will be a boy or a girl!” He thought all of his grandchildren hung the moon. We could be talking about anything, but he loved talking about his grandkids – Kenleigh,
-Lee, Nicholas, and Benjamin. Lauren, Georgia
When I met him, he loved talking to me about his growing up years in
. Being from Alabama , I guess that was his way of connecting with me. Sometimes we talked about the same stories over and again. As he talked about life in Alabama , it sounded like he enjoyed living there – the idyllic setting along the rocky creek, spending time with Sonny, Carolyn, and Joann, tending store with his parents. Alabama
Growing up in Alabama, with his favorite dog
Mr. Charlie had something in common with his other daughter-in-law too - basketball. He loved it and she knew it! Melissa played basketball in college. Since Mr. Charlie coached it for years and watched it on television often, they immediately found a common ground. Mr. Charlie liked sports of all kinds; he coached many during his professional years.
Some folks just have a personality that makes them memorable, makes other folks like them and enjoy being around them. Mr. Charlie was like that. All over town, people knew him. Many knew him as “Coach” – most still called him that too, even though it has been more than 20 years since he coached anyone. That likeable and friendly personality of Mr. Charlie’s is truly a gift. His son Ken has it – the quick smile, the ability to put others at ease, the friendliness. I am glad I got to know that Charlie Smith.
Son Ken may have gotten some of his personality attributes from his father but so did Ben. Mr. Charlie really marked him too. I see much of his father in Ben. Often it is a little expression or in the way he stands and sometimes in his comments or the way he talks. Because of his father, Ben is an excellent father today.
Wedding Day August 14, 1960 - Mr. and Mrs. John Elby Smith, newly married Mr. and Mrs. Charles Benjamin Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. Starling Peeples Owens
Grandfather, father, and husband – the life he built with wife Ava was full. Just shy of 50 years together, they were right on track to celebrate their golden anniversary on