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Justus "Jay" Smith

October 26, 1942 — December 9, 2023


Justus "Jay" Smith


Justus "Jay" Smith, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on December 9, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia. Born on October 26, 1942, in White Run, Kentucky, Jay lived a remarkable life filled with love, laughter, and meaningful connections.

Throughout his career, Jay dedicated himself to his craft and served as an auto body painter for 19 years. His meticulous attention to detail and undeniable talent made him a true master in his field. Following this chapter of his life, Jay transitioned into warehouse shipping where he thrived for another 19 years. His strong work ethic and commitment to excellence were evident in everything he did.

Known for his jovial nature and warm smile that could light up a room, Jay had a heart of gold. People were naturally drawn to his kind and open personality. He possessed the extraordinary ability to make friends wherever he went, leaving a lasting impression on those who crossed his path. Children especially adored Jay – with a resemblance strikingly similar to Santa Claus himself – he brought joy and excitement wherever he went.

Jay's passions knew no bounds. He was an avid car enthusiast who loved both racing and working on cars. The thrill of the speedway never failed to ignite a fire within him. He would spend hours tinkering with engines and perfecting their performance.  Jay also adopted rescue cats and cherished their company.

Above all else, family meant everything to Jay. He treasured every moment spent with his loving wife of fifty-nine years, Marian Smith. Their love story was one that inspired those around them – built on trust, support, and unwavering devotion. Together they raised two children: daughter, Susan Payne; son, Jason Smith & wife Shelly, who adored their father beyond measure. Jay's legacy also lives on through his beloved grandchildren: Allen Payne & wife Jennie, Hannah Smith, Jayce Smith, and Jacob Smith. His role as a loving grandfather was one that brought him immeasurable joy.

Jay will be remembered as a hardworking individual and a true provider for his family. His proudest accomplishments were not measured solely by professional success, but by the love he shared with those closest to him. His zest for life, infectious laughter, and ability to find humor in any situation made him an irreplaceable presence in the lives he touched.

As we gather to celebrate Jay's incredible journey, let us remember the light he brought into the world. May his memory inspire us to live with an open heart and to cherish every moment with loved ones. Though he may no longer be physically present, his spirit will forever remain a guiding force in our lives.

As we bid farewell to Jay, let us hold onto the invaluable lessons he taught us about love, friendship, and living life to the fullest. As we close this chapter of an exceptional life well-lived, may Justus "Jay" Smith find eternal peace in the embrace of his loved ones who have gone before him. Rest in peace, dear friend – your light will forever shine brightly in our hearts.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Jay's name to Rescue Cats in Fayetteville, GA at

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