Henry Howard Smith
Henry Howard Smith
  • November 3, 1927 - January 23, 2017
  • Atlanta, Georgia

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Henry Howard Smith, II passed away peacefully at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Community in Dunwoody, Georgia on January, 23, 2017. Henry was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 3, 1927 to Ella Sorin Smith and Francis Palmer Smith. He attended Druid Hills High School. Upon graduating high school, Henry followed his father’s footsteps and went to The University of Pennsylvania where he pursued his architectural degree. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He graduated in 1949. Upon graduation, he returned to Atlanta to start his Architectural career. Henry married his wife of 66 years, Anne Irwin, whom he had been dating since high school, in August of 1950. In 1951 he enlisted into the United States Air Force where he was involved with the Atomic Energy Program. After discharge from the Air Force in 1953 Henry and Anne settled back in Atlanta, and he started practicing Architecture with his father’s firm. He designed and renovated numerous projects that included custom homes for members of the Atlanta Community, churches (Northside United Methodist Church, Cathedral of St. Philip, First Church of Christ Scientist, First Baptist Church of Chamblee, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, First United Methodist Church, Ellijay, Ga., St, Stephens Episcopal Church, Milledgeville, Ga., Decatur First Methodist Church and many others) car dealerships (Hix Green Buick and Mitchell Motors Oldsmobile), museums/visitor’s centers (Kennesaw Mountain and The Chieftains Museum, Rome, Ga.), banks (First Atlanta, Fulton National, Cleveland National, Baxley State, Coffee County Bank and others ), schools (Agnes Scott College, Gordon Junior College and Berry College to name a few), as well as medical office buildings. Henry indicated to his family that three of his most satisfying projects were the restoration of President Andrew Jackson’s home, “The Hermitage” outside of Nashville, Tennessee, the restoration of The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta after a torrential fire, and the first building for Atlanta’s Shepherd Center. Henry enjoyed his early days spending the summer months at his family’s cottage on Saint Simons Island. He would later build a house on Lake Allatoona where he and his family enjoyed countless weekends and summer months on the water. He was a member of The Capital City Club, The Breakfast Club, The Phoenix Society and The Symposium Group. Henry was preceded in death by his parents Ella Sorin Smith (she died when Henry was only 3 years old) and Francis Palmer Smith; his sister Margaret Smith Kingdon; his brothers Francis Palmer Smith, Jr., Robert Eugene Smith; his nephews John Smith Kingdon, Francis Palmer Smith III, Daniel Smith III, and granddaughter Kendall Corrine Smith. He is survived by his wife, Anne Irwin Smith; his daughter Alice Anne McIntyre (Michael), grandson Andrew Michael Clark McIntyre all of Jonesboro, Ga.; his son Henry Howard Smith III (Julie), grandchildren Gwendalynn Fay Smith and Allecia Marie Smith all of Atlanta; his daughter Ella Smith Tyler (David), grandchildren Christopher Calhoun Tyler and Cameron Smith Tyler all of Atlanta; nieces Marie Ella Kingdon of Indianapolis, Margaret Anne Kingdon of West Virginia, Mary Elizabeth Smith of Maryland, and nephew Robert Eugene Smith, Jr. of Georgia. A visitation for family and friends will be held at H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel 1/27/17 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. A graveside service for family will be at Westview Cemetery 1/28/17 at 2:00 PM In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to The Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.