Charles R. Smith

Charles R. Smith, died July 24, 2017.


Charlie was a loving husband and father, as well as an active leader in the community.


Charlie was a prominent criminal defense attorney and practiced law in Atlanta for 35 years. During his time practicing law his accomplishments were great and included winning the first RICO case in the state of Georgia. He presented three cases to the United States Supreme Court, in which all three cases were ruled in his favor, one of which established case law for wire taps in the State of Georgia. He retired from practicing law after a prolific career, only to take an appointment as the Municipal Court Judge of the City of Cumming and retired after 22 years of service on the bench.


Charlie served in the United States Army. He was a founding member of the South Forsyth Rotary Club. He served on the board of directors at the Peoples Bank of Forsyth County and Citizens Bank of Forsyth County. He was also co-founder of Bald Ridge Lodge Boys Home. He was an active member of Yarrab Shrine Temple of Atlanta for 50 years, serving as Temple Attorney for server years.

His soulmate and loving wife of 58 years, Evelyn S. Smith, preceded him in death.


Survivors include his daughter, Laura Lynn Byess and her husband, Donnie, of Jasper; son, Charles Edward Smith, a captain and 20-year veteran of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, and his wife, Jessica; grandchildren, Stewart Chase Smith, Christa and Allen Bowen, Scott and Cassondra Herrington, Jason and Jessica Byess, Kelly DeBord; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Louise Long, Sue Smith, Grace Stewart; loving companion, Beverly Hall; her daughter, Lori Muenchow; various other relatives also survive.


Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 and again from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 5 at Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming, followed by a memorial service at noon at the First United Methodist Church of Cumming.


In lieu of flowers, donations are requested made to the Bald Ridge lodge Boys Home. Donations to the boy’s home can be taken to any Citizens Bank location in Cumming, to the attention of Tim Perry or mailed to Citizens Bank, Attn: Tim Perry, 651 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Cumming, GA 30040.


Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory of Cumming is in charge of the arrangements.