Allan Joseph Smith, Jr.

Born: Wed., May 15, 1935
Died: Fri., Mar. 20, 2015

Reception Following Service

Wed., Mar. 25, 2015
Location: Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Social Hall

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Wed., Mar. 25, 2015
Location: Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church

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Allan Joseph Smith, Jr.

Allan Joseph Smith, Jr., 79, of Greensboro, GA, died surrounded by his family on March 20, 2015, after an extended battle with dementia. He was born on May 15, 1935, in
Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Allan Joseph Smith and Ann Weber. He married Mary Stuart Palmer Smith in 1962, and they lived in Dunwoody, Georgia for 40 years before moving to Greensboro in 2008.

Allan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Fenn College in 1962, and a Master of Engineering degree in Aerospace Engineering from Sacramento State in 1967. His career included assignments with Aerojet General, Georgia Tech, and an 18-year position with MARTA, where he was instrumental in developing its rail line system. He also served as president of the Georgia chapter of Project Management Institute.

Allan imparted his passion for tennis to countless athletes over the course of his life. He retired from MARTA to become a full-time tennis official, serving as referee for many tournaments at the junior, collegiate, adult, and USTA levels, as well as for wheelchair athletes. He was voted USTA Grassroots Tennis Umpire of the Year in 1992. He served as president of the Atlanta Professional Tennis Umpire Association. He held two U.S. patents for tennis court equipment. He also loved to travel, was a lifelong aficionado of music, and enjoyed dancing.

He is survived by his loving and stalwart wife, Mary; daughter Terri Laufer, her husband, Daniel, and their children, Benjamin and Sarah, of Smyrna, GA; son Steve Smith, his wife, Taryl, and their children, Brant and Ian, of Boulder, CO; daughter Carol Colby, her husband, Chris, and their children, Randolph and Dean, of Radford, VA; and son David Smith, his wife, Jill, and their children, Kyle, Rachel and Kevin, of San Antonio, TX. He is also survived by his sister Diane Yagielo and her husband, Steve, as well as his sister Sylvia Leeseberg and her husband, David, all of Greensboro, GA.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church,  6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, GA 30642 at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, with a reception to follow at the church. Father Paul Williams will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Saint Mary’s Good Samaritan Foundation, 1230 Baxter Street Athens, GA 30606.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Gerri Iacoboni
   Posted Sat March 21, 2015
Dearest Mary, Diane and Steve, Sylvia and David,
May Allan now rest in the peace and comfort of the arms of The Lord.
While he has always retained his spiritual beauty, with God, he is restored to his intellectual and physical brilliance....and we can all rejoice in that!
God grant you all your own peace in knowing of Alan's restfulness.
My love to you all,

Ruth Hendrix
   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
Sincere Sympathies to the families.

Scott Lawrimore
   Posted Mon March 23, 2015

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Terri, Daniel, Benjamin and Sarah: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. With deepest sympathy, The Weather Channel Radio Network

Kay McEvoy-Smith
   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
Dear Teri and family,

I am so sorry to learn of your father's death. I will keep all of you in my prayers.


Karen Simon
   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
Deepest sympathy on the loss of Uncle Allan. You are in our prayers.

Larry&Julie Willliams
   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
Dear Mary, Steve and Diane, Sylvia and David, and families,
While we know there is a huge void in your life, may you find comfort knowing this good and talented man is with the Lord. He will be missed by many.
God Bless!
Julie and Larry Williams

Pauline Rentz
   Posted Tue March 24, 2015
Mary and family, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Allan. May the God of peace and comfort be with you during this time.

Colleen Janek
   Posted Tue March 24, 2015
Aunt Mary, Terri, Steve, Carol, David and families,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Allan. I have fond memories of him. I hope that your memories and your faith will be of comfort to you in the coming days. I wish that I could be there with you for his funeral Mass. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, Colleen

Lynne Colby & Gary Baldowski
   Posted Thu March 26, 2015
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I know from my father's death that even when it relieves suffering and is expected it still leaves a void
where that person used to be. We love you, miss you and our thoughts are with you.