T. Gunter Smith

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T. Gunter Smith

January 31, 1938 - August 24, 2018

COOPERSTOWN - T. Gunter Smith, 80, of Mobile, Alabama and Cooperstown, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, born Jan. 31, 1938, passed away Friday, August 24, 2018, in Cooperstown surrounded by his loving family.
Known as Gunter, he graduated from Webb Preparatory School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Tech in 1963, where he was a member of the SAE fraternity.
After college, Smith served three years as a naval officer aboard the heavy cruiser, U.S.S. Northampton. He moved to Mobile, Alabama in 1963 following his naval service.
Smith's primary business career was as Senior Vice President of The Robinson-Humphrey Company, a regional financial brokerage firm, where he managed the Mobile office for 25 years before his retirement in 2002.
Smith was an avid pilot and aviation enthusiast, and his yellow Navy biplane was a familiar sight around the Mobile Bay area for almost 20 years. He was a member of several aviation organizations, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the National Biplane Association and the Piper Cub Club.
For the past 20 years, Smith split his time between Mobile and the family farm in upstate New York near Cooperstown.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bradley Goodyear Smith; daughters, Jeanette Goodyear Weldon and Susanne Smith McAvoy; and five grandchildren, William James Weldon IV, Bradley Goodyear Weldon, K. Gunter Weldon, Christian Gallagher McAvoy and John Goodyear McAvoy.
The family will be receiving those that wish to pay their respects from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2, at Cary Mede in Springfield Center.
Immediately following, there will be remarks and a Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Aceing Autism, Cooperstown or Aceing Autism, 2001 South Barrington Avenue, Suite 302, Los Angeles, CA 90025 or to the Providence Hospital Foundation, c/o Carroll O'Neill, P.O. Box 850429, Mobile, AL 36685.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.
Published on August 26, 2018
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Cookie & Percy Leaper
Sep 12, 2018
Our sincere condolences to the Bradley, Jeannette and Susanne. Gunter was indeed one of our favorite people and we will deeply miss his cheerful personality and great humor. We will miss him on Fridays at lunch and will be thinking of the many good times we shared together.
John Brewster
Sep 07, 2018
Many fond memories with Gunter before he could fly, and of course we should have been grounded many times.
I now have reason to be in Bell Buckle and I never fail to remember Gunter as I drive through Webb School
I wish for you Bradley, God’s peace and love.
John Brewster
Pat Frazer
Sep 04, 2018
Bradley, Danner & I are so sad for you and your girls and send you our condolences and love. Gunter was a special person and I know he will be missed by many. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Pat
Lewis Glenn
Sep 04, 2018
I am so sad to just hear about Gunter. Gunter was one my Brother Jacks closest friends. I have so many fond memories of him growing up. My brothers and our parents always considered Gunter part of the Glenn family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Winks Floyd-Jones
Sep 01, 2018
Wish I could be there this weekend with you but know I will be remembering so many adventures we all had and waiting for your arrival in Mobile.. Winks
Ray Anderson
Aug 31, 2018
I had become friends with Gunter over the last several years, and I will miss him dearly. My prayers are with you and your family.
Ray (Irvington Post Office)
Karen & Jim Atchison
Aug 30, 2018
Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Gunter loved a great life to its fullest. He was one of a kind and always fun to be around! Rest in peace Gunter.
Joseph Heinz
Aug 29, 2018
Gunter gave me the opportunity to join him at Robinson Humphrey. For that I am forever grateful. He was my boss and my friend. To this day I think about all the good times Mary Jo and I had with Gunter and Bradley. The Good Lord will take care of him.
Porter & Shirley Brock
Aug 29, 2018
Gunter was one of a kind. We will miss him. Our sympathies to Bradley and the rest of his family.
Ron Mitchell
Aug 28, 2018
Dear Bradley, Jeanette and Susanne,

Reading of Gunter's passing today came as a terrible shock and a wave of deep sadness. He was one of my favorite people in this life and, in the decade since I left Cooperstown, I thought fondly of him often. The world was a better place with him in it and a sorrier place without him.
Marietta Uruqhart
Aug 28, 2018
Dear Bradley, Jeanette and Susanne,

Please accept my sincere condolences. I will forever remember his yellow plane at Point Clear. Seeing him enjoying his flight always brought a smile to my face.
God's peace to all of you--Marietta
The Carden's
Aug 28, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bradley & family at this difficult time. Gunter lived a full life filled with good times and people that he loved. He is a one-of-a-kind man that will be sorely missed, and his stories will live on. Rest in peace Gunter!
Becky and David Layne
Aug 28, 2018
Dear Bradley and Family,
Gunther once told me he considered himself a "Blue Domer". He believes the "Blue Dome " is the world God created as his own church.
Blue Skies Gunther!
Becky and David Layne
Aug 28, 2018
. Gunther told me he considers himself a "Blue Domer".I believe Gunther saw God's "Blue Dome" as the church God built himself
Blue Skies Gunther!
Ted Bender
Aug 28, 2018
Gunter was one of the best. He will be missed.
Ted B
Roger MacMillan
Aug 28, 2018
I will miss you terribly - I’ll do my best to keep our Model A tradition productive!
Bertine mckenna
Aug 28, 2018
Bradley and Jeanette. I am so sad to hear about “Gunner”. He was a force in this life for sure and a man of great wit and accomplishment. I know you both brought him great joy. As always I am here if you need anything. Grieving is important and please take time to journey through it. We aren’t meant to “get over” these things. It’s individual to us all. Fondly, Bertine.
Bill & Dana Davis
Aug 27, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to Bradley, Jeanette & Susanne. Truly one of a kind.

Bill & Dana
Charlene Holes
Aug 26, 2018
I send sincere sympathy to you, Bradley, and also to you, Jeanette and Susanne in the loss of your dear husband and father. Although I knew him for only a short time, I truly appreciated his kindness, hospitality, and unique sense of humor. May God comfort you now and in the days ahead.