Monday, October 8, 2007

Ken Smith

Some of my Chattanooga readers are probably familiar with Ken Smith, a fiction writer who taught creative writing and English Lit at UTC and was always a central figure at Meacham. He passed away last night at a hospital in North Georgia.

Ken grew up out west, did a stint in the Navy (flying choppers off the coast of Vietnam), wrote a lot of stories (published a couple of books), and touched countless people -- he was so generous with his time, his spirit, his talent. And he was truly a wonderful guy -- his grizzly exterior was misleading, as he was a very gentle and soft-hearted man. My fondest memories of time spent with Ken were at the faculty-student softball games, where he always gave 110%, and, especially, at what used to be our regular poker nights, where Ken (an experienced player who was patient with the more ridiculous games called) loved a good low chicago with his bourbon.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 10, from 5pm to 9pm and Thursday, October 11, from 8am to 9pm and Friday, October 12, from 8am to 10:30am at Wilson Funeral Home, 443 Boynton Drive, Ringgold, GA. The funeral will be Friday at 11:30am in Patten Chapel with the burial to follow at the National Cemetery.

UPDATE: the obit from the Chattanoogan.com

1 comment:

Bill said...

I had Ken for creative writing at UTC in 1994. He was a great teacher, a great writer, and a great guy.