Noted local historian, educator and theologian Gerald J. Smith died Monday. He was 71.
As author of To Seek a Newer World: A History of Columbia County Georgia, Smith was fascinated with the community he had called home since 1977.
“The book was probably the most detailed thing he wrote about Columbia County, but really, he did so much,” said his son, Gerald Judson Smith Jr. “He was always being asked to speak and did. He would speak to anyone.
“Columbia County was near and dear to him.”