Mr. Edward K. "Ed" Smith, age 78, of Trion, GA died Friday, February 26, 2010 at his residence.
Mr. Smith was born December 14, 1931, the son of the late Julius E. and Rosa Belle Smith. Mr. Smith served as pianist at Welcome Hill and Pennville Baptist Church for many years and he accompanied several gospel quartets. Known as the "piano man", he tuned and repaired pianos throughout the Tri-State area and taught hundreds to play over the past 50 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having proudly served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Smith retired from Mt. Vernon Mills in 1996 and for the past 7 years, with wife Shirley, has owned and operated the Mornin’ Glory restaurant in Trion. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara B. Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley C. Smith; Trion, GA; children, Ken & Mitzi Smith, Alan and Patti Smith, Richie and Marie Smith, Jes and Stephanie Smith, all of Summerville, GA, Lyn and Chuck Kocincki, Fort Oglethorpe, GA, Susan and John Hopkins, Hiram, GA, Neil and Deb Colbert, Centre, AL, Tony Colbert, Trion, GA; brother, J. LaVerne and Jeannie Smith, Clermont, FL; 11 Grandchildren; 6 Great Grandchildren; Nieces and Nephews. Others survivors include sisters-in-law, Geri Hughes, Canton, GA, Charlotte and Michael Hawkins, Athens, TN and Brenda Veatch-Haynes, Summerville, GA.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p. m. Monday, March 1, 2010 at Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Billy Dempsey, Rev. Andy Hutchins, and Rev. Michael Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow at West Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Adam Smith, Matthew Smith, Nicholas Smith, Quinten Hopkins, Dalton Colbert, and Tony Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be the Employees of the Mornin’ Glory.
Mr. Smith will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p. m. Sunday, February 28, 2010. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully request that memorial be made to the American Cancer Society.