Former Jackson Newspaperman Smith Dead at 83

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Charles G. Smith Jr., an editor at The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson and of the weekly Clinton News, has died at the age of 83.

Smith died Wednesday at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson of complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease. A private memorial service will be planned for a later date, his wife, Lynn, said Thursday.

Born Feb. 27, 1925, in Shreveport, La., Smith grew up in Clinton and was a veteran of World War II.

“He was born a teacher,” said Lynn Smith, his wife of 50 years. “This is the soul of his being.”

When the two married in 1957, Smith was teaching at the now closed Central High School in Jackson, where he coached football and girls basketball in addition to teaching American literature and journalism.

After leaving his teaching job in 1964, Smith went from being a weekend editor at The Clarion-Ledger to a full-time employee.

Smith remained at the paper until Gannett bought it in 1982. He then moved to The Clinton News until he retired in the early 90s.

After retirement, Smith returned to his alma mater, Mississippi College, where he briefly taught journalism, his wife said.

Lynn Smith said her husband donated his body to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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