The son of the late F. Lee and Florine Tate Smith he attended Berea Grade School, Stanford High School where he played both basketball and football. He was a Kentucky Colonel and holder of a private pilot’s license issued in 1947 at the former Goodall Field in Junction City, KY
The highlights and pride of his life: Married in 1947 to Flois Vinson who preceded him in death. Survived by his son Winfield Scott Smith and daughter in law Ellen, grandson, Jared Scott Smith, and step grandson, Aaron M. Brown.
An honored World War II veteran who served as a member of the U.S Coast Guard attached to the 5th Marine Division aboard the U.S.S. William M. Black and later the LST 261, Smith served in both the South Pacific and European Theatre.
A published author, he sold his first full novel, a western, “The Bronco Man” at age 87, in addition to two previous books “The Lexington Connection” and “The Wonderful Year of the Cats”. He also was a published freelance writer in numerous national magazines. He was a nationally published cartoonist, including the syndicated cartoon strip, “O’Malley’s Law” which appeared in over 200 law journals and newspapers. He created and sold national magazine panel cartoons, newspaper editorial and sports cartoons, in addition to animated television commercials. He authored the national manual, “How to Self Syndicate” for free lance cartoonists.
Smith was a lifelong newspaper man starting with the Advocate Messenger in 1947, followed by the Tupelo Daily Journal, Lexington Herald, Bristol Herald Courier and Virginian Tennessean, and Forest City Courier.
In 1962 Smith purchased the Marshal Courier, which became a national award winning weekly newspaper in Benton. He sold the newspaper in 1970 to accept a position with the Tampa Tribune as a writer and Bureau Chief, and ended his newspaper career as a reporter with the Lexington Herald covering the District, Circuit and Federal court system. He also was the first editor of the Lincoln Ledger.
He was an avid UK sports fan. Later in life Smith became involved in numerous forms of automobile racing with his son, Win, and later with his grandson, Jared. He established and published a monthly national tabloid newspaper (The Kentucky Racing News) based in Danville, KY in which he earned numerous press and personal awards for his service to racing.
He was inducted into the Kentucky Racing Hall of Fame in 1990. The United Midwestern Promoters named him Media Person of the Year in 1991. In 2005, he was honored during Legends Night at Bluegrass Speedway. He was honored by the Go Kart racing community through Lightning Valley Motorsports. Beginning in 1982, he was a presence at hundreds of racing events all over the country in his role in the media, race team owner and as the father and grandfather of two racers. He was a major influence in short track racing in the Midwest and Southeast. His newspaper provided a voice for the short track racing community in 32 states.
A Celebration of Life gathering was held on Friday, August 16 at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home. In honoring Scott’s wishes, he wanted everyone to dress informal and to be comfortable, to not worry about wearing a suit or tie. If you knew, Scott, then you knew this is how he lived.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to Hospice or the Flois Smith Memorial Fund at Danville High School
A memorial tribute wall is available for Scott at www.preston-pruitt.com .