Jerry Morgan Smith, 87, of Greenville, husband of the late Christine Burwell Smith, died Monday, September 13, 2021.
Born in Winchester, VA, he was the son of the late Paul William Smith and Lillian Lee Morgan Smith.
Jerry is survived by his son, Gregory Smith and his wife Lea; daughter, Sandra Smith MacMillan and her husband Jim; two granddaughters, Briony and Isabel Smith; two grandsons, James and Morgan MacMillan; and a brother, Richard Smith.
Jerry spent most of his early years in South Carolina, graduating from Conway High School and going on to attend The Citadel, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1956. While at the Citadel, he met Christine Burwell. They married in 1957.
He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Pharmacology from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1959 and a Doctorate in Pharmacology from the University of Kansas in 1964. Jerry worked as a toxicologist throughout his career, retiring from Rohm and Haas Company as their Director of Toxicology.
In 1988, after retirement, Jerry and Christine moved into their waterfront dream home, Honah Lee, in Worton, Maryland. While there, Jerry enjoyed boating as well as volunteering for various community organizations. Jerry was an elder at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, Maryland, where he focused on Christian Education geared toward the church’s younger members. Jerry was also instrumental in the growth of HomePorts, a nonprofit membership organization which helps older adults continue living safely and comfortably in their own homes.
Jerry’s greatest love was his family, especially his wife. When Christine developed serious health problems, Jerry committed more than twenty years to being her most passionate advocate and devoted caregiver. He died just seven weeks after Christine.
A celebration of Jerry’s life will take place at 4:00 p.m., October 16, 2021, at the home of Sandra MacMillan (208 Kilburn Lane, Travelers Rest, SC). A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to HomePorts (P.O. Box 114, Chestertown, MD. 21620). When sending a gift, please note that it is in memory of Jerry Smith.