Smith, Donald Walker "Hoot"

Ridgedale Pharmacist Was Also Pilot, Big Game Hunter, Runner

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Donald Smith
Donald Smith

Donald Walker "Hoot" Smith passed away April 1, 2020 in Kingman, Arizona.

He was a pharmacist for over 60 years, a 1950 graduate of Central High School and a 1956 graduate of Southern College of Pharmacy with honors - leading the class. He and brother John owned Smith Brothers Pharmacy in Ridgedale, a neighborhood drug store that saw six pharmacists come from the Ridgedale community. Owner Hoyt Matthews helped and encouraged all six boys to enter and complete the courses to become pharmacists.

Don was one of two (brother John) and Betty's brother, Arthur Wallace. Don was an active hunter and shooter most of his life - hunting in Wyoming and Canada. He was a life member of NRA Skeet and Trap Association and a former president of the Chattanooga Big Game Hunting Club. He was an airplane pilot for 50 plus years.

As a youngster he was in the Boy Scouts and the Sea Scouts under Bob Elmore, the Sea Scoutmaster. He ran many foot races locally and out-of-town including mini-triathlons.

He was in the 181st Field Artillery National Guard until he was admitted to pharmacy school. Don was a member of the Big Brother Association for five years, and a 30-year member of the Civil Air Patrol, reaching the rank of Major and flying many missions for down or lost aircraft.

He was a member of Delashmitt Road Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Wallace Smith; son, Terry Smith, and daughters, Cindy Gentry; grandchildren Taylor Smith, Alan Smith, Zach Smith, Benjamin Smith and Matthew Gentry, and several great-grandchildren.


Cranford, Beatrice E.

Foster, Bettie

Cox, Sheila


Beatrice E. Cranford, 88, of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in a local hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga, Inc. (click for more)

Bettie Foster, 78, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Chattanooga. Arrangements are by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodd’s Ave., 622-9995. (click for more)

Sheila Cox, 61, of Hixson, died on June 3, 2020. Arrangements are by Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, Tn. 37415, 423 877-3524, Lanefh.com. (click for more)



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Cranford, Beatrice E.

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Foster, Bettie

Bettie Foster, 78, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Chattanooga. Arrangements are by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodd’s Ave., 622-9995. (click for more)

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