AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Richmond County Commissioner Grady Smith has died. He was 71 years old.
Augusta mayor Hardie Davis announced Commissioner Smith’s death at the Commission meeting Tuesday. The commission learned about Smith’s death during the meeting, which was immediately adjourned. Smith has represented District 10 on the Richmond County Commission since 2015.
Utter shock and sadness filled the commission chambers when Mayor Hardie Davis broke the news to everyone.
District 10 Commissioner Grady Smith passed away due to an illness. The longtime commissioner was in his 2nd term serving super district 10. He was known for his vibrant personality and no-nonsense approach. "His opinion was always somewhat shocking at sometimes, but he always looked out for the best for everyone,” says Commissioner Dennis Williams.
Throughout the last several years, his health was visibly decreasing. He found ways to overcome it to still make it to meetings. ″He’s been sick for a while, he’s been going through a lot. He still tried to serve the people. He tried to come even if he didn’t feel like coming," says Commissioner Marion Williams.
While not being able to overcome this, many of his colleagues say Smith left a lasting impression. They will remember him for exactly that. ″He made a joke out of everything he could and we’re going to miss him," says Commissioner Williams.
There haven’t been any plans made publicly to honor Smith. He was in his last weeks of his term. The Commission will vote to appoint a new commissioner soon. They could vote for John Clarke who won the seat back in May.
Commissioner Sean Frantom took to Facebook to talk about the loss of his fellow commissioner.