Dear Fellow Patriot,
It is with sadness that we report the passing of Mr. Harold Smith, former Smyrna Mayor and long time active member of the Cobb County Republican Party. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. Below are details as published from the Marietta Daily Journal.
RIP: Former Smyrna Mayor Harold Smith, 91, considered the guardian of the city’s past, died peacefully at home on Saturday.
Smith and his late wife, Betty, were among those who chartered the Smyrna Historical & Genealogical Society in 1985. One of their reasons for doing this was to establish a museum for the public, a goal that was realized seven years later when the Smyrna Museum opened in the city’s old health clinic building across the street from city hall. The city razed that building as part of its downtown redevelopment efforts, moving the collection to its present home near the entrance of Smyrna Market Village in 1999.
In a 2017 MDJ interview, Smith observed how museum visitors can see the town’s history in a variety of displays with artifacts dating back to as early as 1832.
“So many people are moving in here,” Smith said of Smyrna. “But half the people don’t even know this town’s got any history.”
Smith watched Smyrna change dramatically over his lifetime. The quiet Georgia town of his youth grew into a bustling extension of Atlanta. He emphasized the need for residents new and old to take an interest in Smyrna’s past. If for no other reason, he said, to prevent the mistakes of the past from being repeated.
“When you don’t care about your history,” Smith said, “you do the same thing over and over again.”
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at the Smyrna First Baptist Church with Dr. Jeff Pennington officiating. Interment will be in the Smyrna Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 28, at the Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna."