Charles J. Smith (EVANS, Ga.)

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EVANS, Ga. - Charles J "Chuck" Smith, III, one of the nation's pioneer Black marketing specialists, age 83, died on March 21, 2008 in Evans, GA. His career spanned more than 50 years. He worked for such firms as Royal Crown Cola Company of Columbus, Georgia and the Greyhound Corporation, Phoenix, Arizona. He also applied his marketing skills as an administrator at Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, (TSU) one of the nation's largest historically Black institutions of higher learning, from which he retired in December, 1993 as Special Assistant to the President. Smith served as an administrator at Georgia State College, Savannah, GA, now called Savannah State University, and served as a Board member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Washington DC. As an active member of the National Alliance of Marker Developers, Smith served a term as President of the organization as well as many years as a board member. During his retirement, he established the Chuck Smith Organization, Specialists in Multi-Cultural Marketing Communications, which successfully promoted vintage jazz vinyl records world wide. In 2004, he published his autobiography, "I Remember: A Black Son of the South's 74 Year Living History." Smith earned a bachelor's degree in history from Tennessee State University, Nashville in 1947 and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Iowa in 1948. He was an active member of the Rotary Clubs of Phoenix, Houston, and Augusta. Chuck is survived by his loving wife, Wilma, Evans; son, Charles, Ft. Worth, Texas; daughter, Donna, Houston, Texas; granddaughter, Lauren, Houston and many nieces and nephews. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-March 30, 2008


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