David Smith, 78

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It is with great sadness that the family of Mr. David Smith, 78, of Swainsboro, announce his passing on January 5, 2023, after a brief illness. He was reunited with his beloved son, and best buddy, Chad Smith, who passed away in 2015 on Christmas Day. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

David was born on March 14, 1944, in Americus, to the late C.O. and Elizabeth Smith. After graduating from High School, David applied for a job with the Georgia State Patrol. He was asked by the captain in Atlanta if he would consider going to Swainsboro for employment. David agreed, but had never heard of this small town called Swainsboro. He accepted the job of License Examiner at Post 19, and always said this was the best decision of his life because he met many life-long friends, especially the love of his life and companion, Beth. David was here only three months when Beth entered his life after applying for her first license. Needless to say, she got her license and his attention. They soon married and have been inseparable for 53 years.

David joked, “marry them young and train them like you like them”. Anybody that knows Beth, knew this would never pan out. The couple enjoyed traveling and visited many places that caught their fancy. Riding motorcycles with a group of friends never got old. They also enjoyed trying out restaurants, to find the best ones.

After working for GSP for several years, David attended Georgia Southern University and received a degree in Criminal Justice. He continued to stay in touch with many friends from his graduating class.

David retired in 1999, after 34 years of service. He was Chief License Examiner, traveling though-out Georgia. Many still talk about that tall guy, as the one they got their first driver’s license from. After retirement, many days were spent fishing with his buddies and bragging on their catch of the day. Every morning was “meet-up-time” at Waffle King for the same group to discuss whatever was going on.

David continued with his wallpaper business that he started in 1972, and was considered the best of the best. He had the gift of gab; not even trying, David was extremely funny because of his dry humor. In addition to his parents and son, Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Bell and niece, Angie Bishop, both of Americus; and mother and father-in-law, Pearl and Reynolds Johnson of Swainsboro.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Beth; daughter-in-law, Fauna Smith of North Carolina; sisters-in-law, Polly Johnson and Janice Newton, both of Swainsboro, and Sonya Hart of Zachary, L.A.; brother-in-law, Ronnie Johnson; fur babies, Fuzzy and Blondie; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

David will be sorely missed by many friends and family.

Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro is in charge of arrangements.