Pembroke- Artie James Smith, age 85 died Sunday, July 20, 2014 while under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice. Mr. Smith was a long-time resident of Pembroke having served as a Boy Scout and later as a member of the varsity basketball team for Bryan County High School. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and finished his 37 year career in the 165th Military Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard as a vehicle service supervisor. Mr. Smith was an active Lay Speaker in the Pembroke United Methodist Church, was a charter member of Black Creek Golf Club, and for many years was a member of the Pembroke Lions Club, and was a lifetime member of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. Along with his love of golf and camping, he was a master craftsman of wood. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Zelma Mason Smith.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Marie Lanier Smith of Pembroke; sons and daughters-in-law Wayne and Martha Smith of Bulloch County and Kenneth and Beth Smith of Goldsboro, NC; daughter and son-in-law Arlene and David Spivy of Bulloch County; four sisters, Elise Cribbs, Elvie Owens, Annette Butler, and Montene Cowart, all of Pembroke; nine grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 10 – 11 A.M. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the funeral home. Memorial service will be held 11 A.M. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in the chapel of Flanders Morrison Funeral Home with Rev. Matt Avera officiating. In leiu of fowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donahoo St., Statesboro, Ga 30458. Flandersmorrisonfuneralhome.com