Jan. 21, 1965 – Sept. 23, 2019
Angus Mark Smith Jr., 54, of Madison, passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. A memorial service was held at Madison Presbyterian Church on Friday, Sept. 27, with visitation afterward.
Mark was born on Jan. 21, 1965, to JoAnn and A. Mark Smith Sr. He started his career in the newspaper industry at age 20 while he was a student at UGA. He had 21 years in the business before joining his family at Smith Communications Inc. in 2006. For most of his years there, he led the advertising department as the company expanded to add multiple newspapers and magazines. In recent years, he began to embrace the more creative side of the business. Since he started writing, Mark has entertained readers with witty columns that gave insight into his outlook on growing up, living in the modern age and, of course, football. He saw the Georgia Bulldogs take the field as often as possible and took award-winning pictures that have graced the pages of his family’s newspapers. He could give insight into most SEC stadiums that he had visited through the years and would be sure to explain why Sanford Stadium is superior. In 2018, Mark received a first-place award for Humorous Column, known as the Joe Parham Trophy, from the Georgia Press Association.
Mark was a leader of the youth group at Madison Presbyterian Church, where he always found a way to help the kids, ranging from cleaning dishes after an event to leading the group on ski trips. He found another calling in coaching youth soccer. He wasn’t only involved in these activities because his daughters were involved; he loved the interaction and being a part of shaping young lives.
Mark was a devoted husband and father. He was a friend to everyone he met, enjoying getting to know people as much as he enjoyed telling his own stories. He was at his best while encouraging others to excel, and he will be deeply missed by his family, friends and colleagues.
He also served on many local civic boards and newspaper associations.
Mark is survived by his wife of 30 years, Hannah; daughters, Caroline and Natalie; parents, JoAnn and A. Mark Smith Sr. of Eatonton; and brothers, Michael Smith (Alison) of Incline Village, Nevada, and Matt Smith (Jen) of Milledgeville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Madison Presbyterian Church Youth Group, 382 S. Main St., Madison, GA 30650.