Originally created 10/26/01

Dr. DeWitt Smith Jr.



AUGUSTA, Ga. - Dr. DeWitt Clinton Smith Jr., 76, of Kings Way, Augusta, died Thursday, October 25, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Ansley (Libby) Smith, in 1994. They were married for 40 years. The funeral will begin at noon Saturday at The Church of the Good Shepherd, with Father Robert Fain and the Rev. David Sargent officiating. Burial will be in Harlem Memorial Cemetery. A native of Statesboro, Georgia, Dr. Smith was born November 4, 1924. After graduating from Claxton High School, Claxton, Georgia, in 1941, he served in the United States Army during World War II. After an honorable discharge, he then attended Augusta Junior College, the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky, and Grinnell College in Iowa for his undergraduate degrees. He completed his post-graduate studies in Optometry at Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948. He completed his post-graduate study of sub-normal vision at the University of Rome, Italy, in 1967. Dr. Smith retired from practicing Optometry, specializing in contact lenses and Orthokeratology, after fifty years. He was a member, past Trustee, and past president of the 10th District of the Georgia Optometric Association. He was a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. A pioneer in contact lens therapy, he was the first Fellow in the State of Georgia in the Orthokeratology Society of the National Research Foundation, a member of the Southern Council of Optometrists, and a member of Society dOpt., Europe. His fraternal affiliations included Sigma Chi social fraternity, Omega Epsilon Phi professional fraternity, and Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Fraternity. He was a member of the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness and Better Vision Institute. He was a recipient of the Lions Club Certificate of Appreciation. He served as professional chairman of the Optometric Division of the Georgia Heart Association and was visual advisor to the schools of Columbia County for a number of years. He was a member and past president of the Col. Wm. Few Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. He was a member of the Gen. Porter Alexander Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, a member of Col. Geo. E. Rains Chapter, Military Order of the Stars & Bars, a member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans, Post 205. He was a former Mason and Shriner, and a member of the Pinnacle Club. He was a communicant of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal. Survivors include a daughter, Melanie R. Smith, Augusta; a son, DeWitt C. Smith III, Duluth; and a grandson, DeWitt C. Smith IV, Hephzibah. Pallbearers will be Neal W. Thompson, Danny Thompson, Tom Ansley, Ed Doolittle IV, Robert Whisnant, and Jack Ansley. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Kenneth Braun, Col. Frank Scharite, and Jack Hatcher. Friends will be received Friday evening, October 26, 2001, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Starling Funeral Home, Highway 78, Harlem, 706-556-6524. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Parkinsons Disease Association. The Augusta Chronicle October 26, 2001