WYATT NATHANIEL SMITH
May 9, 1982
December 11, 2016
Wyatt Nathaniel Smith was born on May 9, 1982 in Savannah,
Georgia, and passed away at his home in Washington, DC, with his family by his
side on December 11, 2016. In between he lived life with gusto, making every
He spent much of his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama and
then returned to Georgia for college. After graduation from his beloved
University of Georgia, he came back to Alabama to earn a master’s degree at
Auburn University. First in Atlanta and then in Washington, DC, he derived
great personal and professional satisfaction from his career in commercial real
Wyatt’s interests were many and eclectic. He loved music,
both as a listener and as a musician himself, playing guitar in several bands.
He was a bourbon and wine aficionado and a fly-fishing enthusiast. Travel was a
real passion. He travelled widely but always maintained
that no city topped Rome.
Wyatt recently married the love of his life, Ellie, who
survives him. They were devoted to each other and certainly knew true love. He
is also survived by his loving parents, Michael and Shelley Smith, and his
aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as an enviable group of wonderful friends.
Once Wyatt and Ellie learned he had cancer, they very
intentionally determined to take full advantage of the gift of each day—both
the pleasures of everyday life and memorable occasions and special experiences.
They packed a lot of living into a compressed timeframe. As one friend said, “They have given me the
gift of instruction in how life is to be appreciated.”
A celebration of Wyatt’s life is planned for December 20,
2016 at 5:00. Wyatt was at peace with
his faith and what life had brought his way and insisted on a real celebration.
Family and friends are invited to gather at the Georgia Theatre in Athens,
Georgia to do just that. After the
program, there will be music, food, and drink.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that gift be made to
The Ruesch Center and designated for the Wyatt Smith Endowment. (The Ruesch Center, Georgetown Lombardi
Comprehensive Cancer Center, 3300 Whitehaven St. NW, Suite 4000, Washington,
DC 20007.) Wyatt was so grateful for the opportunities
he had to live life to the fullest, and he wanted the fund to make possible travel
or other special experiences that would enrich the lives of other patients who
otherwise might not be able to take advantage of them.