Davis Hall Smith of Waveland operated a retail tobacco shop on Waveland Avenue, but his 60 years had been filled with more than one colorful career, including one in journalism, another in law.
He once worked as a news writer for the Jackson Daily News-Clarion Ledger (1969-72) and he practiced law in the 1980s, even serving as Jackson's assistant city attorney.
"He wanted a yacht really bad," his daughter Jenny remembered, "and I think his next purchase was going to be a big boat. But he only just got back to being fully functional (after a stroke) a couple of weeks before the storm."
She laughed a little upon remembering how excited her dad got when he was once again able to "get hold of the TV remote control. His recovery really was remarkable."
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"Oh, yes," she said, "and he loved the movie 'Patton,' though I have no idea why." Smith was a former military man