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Sandy Reid

Danny, I am praying for your father and your family during this challenging time. May I suggest that you ask about the oxygen level in your father's blood. Gases used during surgery lessen the oxygen level and I have read where a little extra oxygen afterwards can help some people become more aware. (I researched this after my great aunt's gall bladder surgery left her greatly confused.) May our Creator God, in whose image we are made, Comfort you all with the Peace which passes all understanding. May Jesus heal your broken heart and by His strips, heal Clayton, for His Glory, I pray in Jesus' name. Amen Sandy

Evelyn Dunagan

Danny, Your hearts are broken over the loss of your Mother and need time to heal. We pray that our Heavenly Father will heal your Dad and allow him to remain here with you and your family. We know that God answers our prayers but we cannot know what His plan is. Stay strong, keep your faith, and pray that God's will be done. Our hearts go out to you and your family.
Love, Evelyn & Mac

The Northeast Georgian

N. E. Georgian, April 19, 2006:
Former columnist's death is like losing a neighbor


Tuesday, April 18, 2006 10:14 AM EDT

Clayton Smith, former community columnist for The Northeast Georgian, died Saturday, April 15. Mr. Smith, a retired teacher with 30 years of service, wrote for this newspaper and the Georgia Shopping News before it for several years.

Mr. Smith taught hundreds of young people at Lula Elementary, Banks County Elementary, Banks County High School, Baldwin Elementary and South Habersham Junior High School. But his teaching didn't end when he retired from public schools.

He compiled his columns into a book, "Country at Heart," in 1996.

"It all started when I was working in my backyard garden and found a rusty mule shoe, which must have been worn by one of our mules used on this and other fields in the 1920s and 1930s," Smith wrote in the introduction to his book. "This incident brought forth such a flood of memories that I simply felt compelled to put it down on paper. I wanted to leave our offspring a record of our day. May I encourage you to do the same?"

He wrote about topics such as gardening, mules, how to not get killed by a train, the magic of a covered bridge, Veterans Day, farm animals and other critters, hog-killing time and old dogs.

"I talked with Ty Cobb" is the name of one chapter of his book.

Mr. Smith's simple, yet colorful writings appealed to a widespread audience, from those who remembered the days he was writing about to those who wanted to know more about successful gardening.

Mr. Smith died Saturday, only a few hours before the funeral for his beloved wife, Ruth.

Although he hadn't written for the newspaper in several years, many people continue to follow his advice on gardening and life.

His death is like losing a neighbor.

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