Loyal Jackson "L.J." Smith Jr., 93, of Thomasville, died Sunday, October 19, 2008, at Baptist Medical Center - Princeton in Birmingham.
Mr. Smith was born July 4, 1915, in Pleasant Hill. He was the owner of Smith Jewelers in Thomasville, since he opened it in November 1946. He was a member of Thomasville Baptist Church where he was baptized and where he had served as longtime Sunday school teacher, a deacon, an usher and on various committees. Mr. Smith was married in Thomasville Baptist Church on October 19, 1941 to his late wife, Mrs. Virginia Coleman Smith. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II. He was a member of Oliver Lodge #334 F&AM and Past Master and was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Scottish Rites. He was a member of the Birmingham Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was one of the founding members of the Bank of Thomasville and was chosen as the Senior Achiever of the Year for Thomasville in 2003.
The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Thomasville Baptist Church with the Rev. Glenn Akridge, Rev. Jim Etheridge, Rev. Ty Parten and Dr. James Best officiating. Burial was in Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville.
Mr. Smith is survived by two daughters, Virginia Smith Glass and Sally Smith Cox, both of Birmingham; one sister, Melba Smith Anderson of Thomasville; one grandson, Dallas W. Glass of Fairbanks, Alaska; two granddaughters, Dana Glass Griffith and Sarah Virginia Cox, both of Auburn; and one great-granddaughter, Virginia Neal Griffith of Auburn.
Pallbearers were Gene Davis, Mike Smith, Loyal Bryant, Terry Overton, Ronnie Champion and Ron Capel.
Honorary pallbearers were George Davis, Carroll Scarbrough, John Collins, A.L. "Red" Sims, Edmon McKinley, Wendell Harris and Bill Scarbrough.
O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville directed.