Kingston C. ‘Nick’ Smith Jr.

Published 12:36 pm Friday, March 11, 2011

ATMORE – Kingston C. Smith Jr., known to all as Nick, of Atmore, was called home to be with the Lord at age 69.

Born in Cambridge, Mass., he spent his youth in Trumbull, Conn. where he came to know the Lord, fell in love with his wife and married. Nick attended Moody Bible Institute and graduated from The King’s College in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Immediately after graduation, he worked for Reader’s Digest.

Nick volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician for eight years in Newtown, Conn. – one of the first EMTs in the state. Nick was also a Boy Scout Troop Leader at the same time. Over a 50-year period in five different states, he contributed to many ministries in a variety of churches.

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In 1977, Nick accepted a management position at the U.S. Calvary Store in Radcliff, Ky. In 1985, he joined the American Bible Society in New York City, commuting from Monmouth Junction, N.J.

Nick served as president and owner of Custom Travel in Atmore for the last 20 years. He was active in the local community as chairman of the Youth Leadership Atmore (YLA) sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce.

Nick’s passion was traveling throughout Europe and Asia, community volunteering, photography, canoeing, camping and classical music, especially playing the organ. He was always helpful, loved challenges and hard work. He enjoyed trips to Colorado spending time with his family, cheering on his grandchildren’s activities and sporting events.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Barbara and children Brian (Shelly) Smith and Cheryl (Tim) McLeod of Colorado. Grandchildren are Lindsey, Trevor, Jonathan Smith and Tyler, Casey, Caitlyn McLeod, all of Colorado. His brother, Clint (Vivienne) of Al Ain, United Arab Emirates and stepsister Ruth Glaspey of Traverse City, Mich., also survive him.

Nick is the son of the late Kingston and Marion Smith.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Monday, March 14 at the First Baptist Church, 310 S. Main St. in Atmore. Visiting hour will begin at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Youth Leadership Atmore, Atmore Chamber of Commerce, 501 S. Pensacola Ave., Atmore, AL 36502.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.