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Merrifield Smith

Obituary of Albert Church Smith, Bristol, Tennessee.

Albert Church Smith, Confederate veteran, former editor of the Bristol (Va.-Tenn.) News, died at his home in Bristol on December 16, 1921, aged seventy-seven years.

His active career was marked by many years as a newspaper reporter, editor, and foreman, as a government official, court attache, and soldier. His connection with the Masonic Lodge has been notable in the series of distinguished offices and honors bestowed upon him. He became a thirty-second degree Mason in Washington in 1895, was a past master of Shelby Lodge, No. 162, a past high priest of E. H. Gill, R. A. C. No. 50, and a past eminent commander of Johnson Commandery No. 14, a past district deputy grand master, district No. 40, under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Virginia, 1887, and a past commander of St. Andrew Consistory, Scottish Rite. He was also a member of Kerbela Temple Shriners of Knoxville.

Mr. Smith entered the Confederate service in 1861, at Athens, Ga., and served throughout the war, surrendering with General Lee at Appomattox. He was a member of Company K, 3rd Georgia Regiment, Wright's Brigade.

He is survived by his wife, who was Mrs. Emma Jane Merrifield, of Elmira, N. Y. He was widely known in East Tennessee, and his passing was mourned by many friends.


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