Charles Smoot V

    Charles Calvert Smoot V, 82, of Murphy, died peacefully in his home Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, after a five-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
    He was born Aug. 2, 1935, in Washington, D.C., to the late Violet May Shelton and Charles Calvert Smoot IV. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Edward “Butchie” Blackmon.
    He is survived by his wife, who would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on Oct. 5 this year, Jeanette O. Smoot; children, Charles C. Smoot VI and wife Jeannie Smoot of Kingsport Tenn., Glenn Smoot and wife Lisa Smoot of Social Circle, Ga., and Cheryl Smoot Fowler and husband Woody Fowler of McDonough, Ga.; his five grandchildren, Marissa Stewart of Gainesville, Ga., Charles Smoot VII and wife Stephanie Smoot of Monroe, Ga., Justin Smoot and wife Brittany Smoot of Murphy, Eli and Joe Fowler of McDonough, Ga.; his seven great-grandchildren, Lorali and 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-law, 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 age 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, American Railroad Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association and Railroad Industrial Clearances Association.
    He was the Founding Father of RICA, where he served as a member of the 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 2011 Heritage Award for RICA.
    After retirement, he and Jeanette moved from the Atlanta area to Murphy, 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, 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 Murphy Presbyterian Church.
    Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Murphy Presbyterian Church, 250 Valley River Avenue. Pastor Alan Wildsmith officiated. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at the East Lawn Memorial Gardens in McDonough, Ga. Following the graveside service, the family received friends at McDonough Presbyterian Church in McDonough, Ga.
    The family received friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Murphy Presbyterian Church.
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    Townson-Rose Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.