ECFCU president steps down after 45 years

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 09:31 AM.

“He does those little extra things to bring joy in people’s lives and he does it without fanfare, without wanting any attention.”

After his retirement from the St. Joe Paper Company after 44 years, Smith and community volunteer have fit as well as his familiar brightly-colored Polo shirts and ramrod-straight carriage.

“It’s a real blessing to help people,” Smith said. “You never run out of things to do if you volunteer.”

That ethos was imbued in Smith as a young child.

His father passed when he was six. He was an only child and his mother worked hard to make ends meet.

He has never forgotten the kindness of Mr. Costin at St. Joe Hardware, who brought his mother in and told her whatever she needed, let him know.

He has also not forgotten the generosity of the folks he worked with and for at the old Dime Store in his youth. They made sure he got meals, had the little things a boy needs.

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