Lillian Smoak, former Augusta bakery owner, dies at 86

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A supportive wife of an Air Force lieutenant colonel, Lillian Smoak tended to the homefront, including an iconic Augusta bakery and her son while her husband served the country. Smoak, 86, died Saturday.

Smoak’s Bakery and Catering Inc. became a beloved business in part because of her dedicated behind-the-scenes work with catering services. David Smoak said his mother and father, Daniel Smoak, worked 18 hours a day, seven days a week.

“A lot of times they would meet each other at the door. Mother was leaving from the late-night catering business, and he was coming in to get the bakery started in the morning,” David Smoak said.

Smoak’s Bakery closed its Walton Way store in 2004 after 73 years of business. Daniel Smoak died Nov. 13, 2009.

“The quality of product and catering service was a source of pride to her,” David Smoak said.

The bakery earned 25 “Best of Augusta” awards from Augusta Magazine, an award that thrilled his mother, David Smoak said.

Lillian didn’t socialize at the front counter much after she had a fair-share of entertaining during the couple’s time at Air Force bases overseas. During her husband’s two assignments in Paraguay, she planned parties for military ambassadors. She stayed to work at the Augusta bakery during his tour to Korea, and once baked a cake for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

“She was a top-notch cake decorator, too, so when the need was called on, she went up front to decorate,” her son said.

Smoak suffered a stroke seven years ago and her health recently deteriorated.

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museofsatie 10/09/11 - 03:59 pm
I grew up going to Smoak's

I grew up going to Smoak's Bakery and was saddened when it closed down some years ago. Such a great family and business.

Vito45 10/09/11 - 04:22 pm
When I worked at ST. Joe's

When I worked at ST. Joe's back in the 70's, at least once a week we would get a box of Smoak's cinnamon rolls. YUMMM-EEEEE!

boomhauer 10/09/11 - 05:09 pm
Somethings can't be replaced

Somethings can't be replaced and Smoak's Bakery is one of them.

Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 10/09/11 - 08:31 pm
May her beautiful legacy live

May her beautiful legacy live on through her children.

dickworth1 10/09/11 - 08:46 pm
A "Piece of Cake" on

A "Piece of Cake" on Washington Rd. in Martinez has a lot of ties with
Smoak's bakery and I think they have kept up the wonderful cake traditions from Smoak's. The Smoak's were very good people and very caring of Augusta and community. I know that the smoak's baked a
cake for our Children's Miracle Network poster child when I was chairman of fund raising for the children's hospital when I worked at
Sam's Club before Sam's Club had a bakery. It was a surprise birthday party for our Shannon on her 16th birthday and the Smoak's not only
baked the largest cake I had ever seen and delivered it to Sam's club
and would not accept any money for the cake! These are the type of
people that the Smoak's were and I will never forget this as long as I
live. Thank you for the memories and it was a priviledge to know the
Smoak's and rest assured they are back together again baking for heaven.

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