Charles Smith

AVINGER -- Charles (Charlie) Coppedge Smith was born at the Smith family home place in Avinger on Aug. 28, 1940 to Reverend Harmon and Mary Smith. Charlie was the youngest of four children and the only son. He departed this life on Aug. 4, at The Springs Nursing Center in Hughes Springs. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Martha Sue Smith, his brothers-in-law Hugh Goodpasture, Eugene Grubbs and Jearl Hayes, his father and mother-inlaw Harvey and Mary McKinney and his grandson Christopher Smith. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Peggy McKinney Smith, their sons: Wade Smith of Avinger; Marcus Smith of Dallas; John Smith and wife Julie of Memphis, Tenn.+ and Harmon Smith and wife Michelle of Atlanta, Ga.; his grandchildren (affectionately known as “Big Daddy” to his grandchildren): Shonda Smith Morris and husband Mike of Boston, Mass.; Ben Smith of Hughes Springs; Rikki Smith Taylor and husband Travis of Cleburne; Cadi Smith Stafford and husband Nick of Avinger; Jaton Smith Broach and husband Josh of Mount Pleasant; Erin Smith Crow and husband Landon of Columbus; Tanner Smith of Harrison, Ark.; Ryan Smith of Arlington; Emily Smith of Evanston, Ill.; and Michael Smith of Austin; his great-grandchildren Logan and Cameron Morris; Laney and Koen Smith; Bentley and Lincoln Taylor; Avery, Raygan, and Nash Stafford; Trevor, Blake, and Marley Broach; Macy and Josey Crow and Brantley Smith; his sisters Felicia Grubbs of Longview, Texas and Angie Goodpasture of Jacksonville; his brotherin- law Jerry McKinney and wife Dorothy of Hughes Springs, and his sister-in-law Linda Lumpkins and husband Joe of Linden. He married his high school sweetheart Peggy McKinney in 1957. He immediately began his career in the construction industry and quickly developed an expertise as a heavy equipment operator. His specialty was operating the largest cranes and making the most significant and technical lifts, often traveling around the country to perform his craft. Later, he started his own timber company and spent more than a decade as a logger. He brought core values of discipline, hard work, and attention to detail in everything he did and passed these traits on to his sons. He especially enjoyed working on special projects for his children and grandchildren. The family offers its sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff of Elite Home Care, especially his therapist Scott Rice, Lisa Durden of Visiting Angels, Red Hatten, Samantha Jones, the staff at The Springs Nursing Center, and Heart to Heart Hospice who provided Charlie with loving compassionate care. Services for Mr. Smith were held Aug. 8 at Hughes Springs Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed at Hughes Springs Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you either perform an act of kindness, donate to a charity of your choice, or make a contribution to advance the research for Parkinson’s in the memory of Charlie Smith.

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