Forge Ahead:   Spring Edition 2009    Page 2


It is with sadness that we write of the death of
Mrs. Alice Smith, aged 91, widow of Emery Smith, Jr., who was the founder of Clan Smith Society. Miss Alice had  suffered several falls during the past few years, and was almost totally blind the last years of her life. Complications from a fall led to
her death on August 28th.  During these last years of her life Miss Alice had been lovingly
cared for at home by her son "Little Emery" and his wife Jean. They were devoted children and wonderful care-givers.

Miss Alice worked very hard along side her hus-
-band Emery to make Clan Smith Society a reality.  Together they did lots of research into all things Scottish Smith and we all owe them a great debt of gratitude for all their hard work and dedication. She was a vibrant force in Clan Smith Society for many years.
If you would like to send Emery and Jean a
condolence card or note, here is their address: 
Mr. and Mrs. Emery Smith III 
120 St. Joseph Road 
Southern Pines, NC 28387



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Dr. Nat Smith pictured here with dear friend Jackie Grooms at the 2004 Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games

We are very sad to report that long-time, faithful
member of Clan Smith Society, Dr. Nat E. Smith, passed away on June 5, 2008 in Winston-Salem, NC.

Many of our Clan Smith members have known
Dr. Smith for years, and many of us have spent wonderful hours talking about various facets of Scottish history and all things "Smith" with this unforgettable man. Not only was he well-versed in history, but he was also a top-notch heart surgeon.

He will be greatly missed.

If you would like to send a condolence, card, or
note to his widow, Marguerite, here is her address:
Mrs. Marguerite D. Smith
2900 Country Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104

2008 Annual Minutes

Mrs. Alice Smith

We are very sad to report that Thomas Lide Smith, member of Clan Smith Society, passed away in 2008, after a battle with leukemia. He was an avid historian, being well versed on many aspects of history, especially Southern, Confederate, as well as Scottish history. He was a resident of Alabama. *

Thomas Lide Smith

We met on Saturday, May 19, 2008 at the Clan Smith Society tent at the Gatlinburg games for our annual

Newman Smith, president of Clan Smith Society, opened the meeting. Peggy Smith offered the opening prayer.

Peggy read the minutes from 2007 and they were approved. We also added that long-time member, Mildred
Talley is suffering from Alzheimers and needs our prayers.

Dan Smith gave the treasurer's report. He reported that we presently had $338.00. He said that we would have
enough to pay for Grandfather Mountain games this year, and for the printing of the 2008 newsletters. Members Debbie and Mike Clark said that they would take care of the fees for the Greenville games. In addition, Marilyn and Sharon Culler, who were also present, gave us a generous donation to help with expenses. Dan stated that he would really like to do the Stone Mountain games, and Fran Lawson graciously stated that she would pay for the Stone Mountain games.

These wonderful contributions were greatly welcomed
by all in attendance! 

Under old business we discussed that there were quite
a few members who had not paid their dues for 2008, and 
that money has been tight.

New business included that Peggy Smith had totally
re-vamped the website.

Even though postage and printing costs have gone up
a great deal, it was decided that we would continue to mail
out one hard-copy newsletter a year, even though there will be more information and pictures available online on the website for members to see. Fran Lawson said that she much prefers receiving a newsletter by mail, then reading it online.

Under new business we discussed when we should stop
sending a newsletter to a former member. It was suggested
that we send a reminder for dues, with the bottom portion
being filled out to correctly update information about members because folks forget to contact us when they change their email addresses, many times. 

Dan stated that he continues to need help convening
at the games. Several voiced how thankful we have been for Dan's being so faithful to convene at the games, and all the hard work it takes to set up and tear down a clan tent. Dan does such an excellent job in representing us, but he needs help and we need more members who will convene at games. 

We said that we would have our annual meeting in
2009 again in Gatlinburg on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

We passed around the minutes from last year and they
were accepted.

Present at the 2008 Annual meeting ere: , Debbie
Clark, Mike Clark, Marilyn Culler, Sharon Culler, Fran 
Lawson, Dan Smith, Newman Smith, Peggy Smith.

Minutes taken by Peggy Smith, Secretary of Clan
Smith Society

Dr. Nat Smith