In Passing: Leavell Smith

In Passing: Leavell Smith

Mr. Leavell Smith, age 85, of Newnan, GA, died at Brightmoor Hospice on Dec. 23, 2012. He was born in Dooley County, Georgia, on June 7, 1927, to the late Lander Smith and Dailyer Riddle Smith. Leavell was a hardworking entrepreneur who made his living from the land. He had been a farmer in Coweta County since the 1940s. He was best known for growing watermelons and greens.

In days gone by, he was a fur trapper and was inducted into the Trappers Hall of Fame at the State Capitol in 1998. He was also known for his “boxcar” lumber. In the 1970s, he began removing wood from the interiors of train cars, which he used to build his house and many others.

He was a World War II veteran, proudly serving his country in the Army. Leavell was a simple man. He loved his family, working, fishing and giving to others. He and his wife, Betty, were married for 65 years. He was a member of Sargent Baptist Church. His favorite Bible verse was Proberbs 22:1: “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving fovor rather than silver and gold.” He leaves behind a great legacy.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Folds Smith, of Newnana; daughters Terry Payton (Farron), Faye Knott (Doug), and stepdaughter, Elain McKoy (Frank), all of Newnan; 8 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

— Submitted by Carl H. Payton Jr.


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