Grady Turner Smith, 71, died on Monday, March 5, 2012, after a long illness.
Turner was a member of Burks United Methodist Church for over 60 years and helped start the Boy Scout Troop at Burks in the 1960's. He was also involved in several building campaigns for his church.
He attended the University of Tennessee, UTC and graduated from Southern Technical Institute in Marietta, Ga. While at UT, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
Turner was president and CEO of Dillard Smith Construction Company. He was a member of Southeastern Line Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and Selcat which are industry related organizations and served in many capacities on these appointments. He also served as trustee for the Line Construction Benefit Fund and the Southern Benefit Fund. He was a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association and was elected to represent all the power line contractors in the U.S. as vice president of NECA for four years. He was also selected to be a member of the Academy of Electrical Contractors.
Turner was an Eagle Scout and was very supportive of the Boy Scouts of America. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Boy Scouts of America, 6031 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, Tn. 37411.
He is survived by his wife, Gaye Young Smith and daughters, Melinda Weems, Amy (Scott) Vechinski and Kathy (Greg) Carter, and five grandchildren; Ashley, Jenny, Kristi and Emily Vechinski from Huntsville and Samuel Weems from Chattanooga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wm. Dillard Smith and Kathryn Turner Smith and his brother, Wm. Dillard Smith, Jr.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, at the North Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 at Burks United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tn. 37343.
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