Charles Calvert Smoot V, age 82, of Murphy, NC died peacefully in his home Tuesday, September 26, 2017 after a 5 month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was born August 2, 1935 in Washington, DC to the late Violet May Shelton and Charles Calvert Smoot IV. He was also preceded in death by his brother Edward “Butchie” Blackmon.
He is survived by his wife, who would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on October 5th this year, Jeanette O. Smoot; children, Charles C. Smoot VI and his wife Jeannie Smoot of Kingsport TN, Glenn Smoot and his wife Lisa Smoot of Social Circle, GA, and Cheryl Smoot Fowler and husband Woody Fowler of McDonough, GA; his 5 grandchildren, Marissa Stewart of Gainesville, GA, Charles Smoot VII and wife Stephanie Smoot of Monroe GA, Justin Smoot and wife Brittany Smoot of Murphy, NC, Eli and Joe Fowler of McDonough, GA; his 7 great-grandchildren, Lorali & Camden Stewart, Birdie, Lulu and Charles C. “Charlie” Smoot VIII, Jack Smoot and Hattie Ruth Smoot; sisters, Grace Childress, Cora Stevens and Becky Kincaid: sisters-in-laws, Margaret Haberler, Harry Cochrane and Brenda Jaeger.
Mr. Smoot attended George Washington High School in Alexandria, VA. He began his Railroad career with Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad at the age of 19 where he spent 10 years before moving to Southern Railway which later became Norfolk Southern before he retired after 27 years. Charlie was an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Railroad Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association and the Railroad Industrial Clearances Association. He was The Founding Father of RICA where he served as Member of Board of Directors, Vice President, President, Chairman of Committee 28, and Chairman of the Board. He was a recipient of the Bill Walker Memorial Award and the 2011 Heritage Award for RICA.
After retirement he and Jeanette moved from the Atlanta area to Murphy, NC where he spent the last 27 years on Lake Hiwassee in the Bear Paw Development. Much of his time was spent with hosting family and friends in their retirement home and traveling across the United States, Europe and various other destinations with Jeanette.
Charlie loved anything to do with trains, our country, our freedoms, and our Lord and Savior. He was a Life Member of the National Model Railroad Association, a member of the Tri-State Model Railroaders, Benefactor, Endowment and Life Member of the National Rifle Association of America and served as a faithful Elder of the Murphy Presbyterian Church.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Murphy Presbyterian Church, 250 Valley River Avenue. Pastor Alan Wildsmith will officiate. A graveside service will be held 2 pm, Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the East Lawn Memorial Gardens in McDonough, GA. Following the graveside service, the family will recieve friends at the McDonough Presbyterian Church in McDonough, GA.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 - 10:30 am, Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Murphy Presbyterian Church.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
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