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Homes dedicated to Charles Smith
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Charles Smith stands beside the sign where duplexes will be built for elderly people in our community. McMinnville Housing Authority dedicated the development in his honor. - photo by Lacy Garrison
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New duplexes similar to this existing unit already in McMinnville will be coming to Nashville Highway near its intersection with Spring Valley Road. They will be dedicated to Charles Smith.

McMinnville Housing Authority has named its new project soon to be located in the area of Nashville Highway and Spring Valley Road after a founding member of its board – Charles L. Smith.

Smith was appointed as a commissioner to the McMinnville Housing Authority board on Dec. 6, 1958, when the Housing Authority was organized by the city of McMinnville. He served continuously until 2016, a total of 58 years.

“We will now start the development of eight units, in four duplexes with a small community room on this property on Senator Jerry Cooper Highway,” said McMinnville Housing Authority executive director Patricia Basham. “This development shall be designated Smith Terrace in his honor.” 

A dedication was held on Monday in the field in front of a sign that read “Coming Soon – Smith Terrace Affordable Elderly Homes.” Many from the McMinnville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners shared why Smith deserves this honor.

“You don’t have enough room in the newspaper for all the good things I could say about him,” said Commissioner Tommy Savage. “Mr. Smith is a World War II veteran and has always been concerned with helping people of this community, especially those less fortunate. He wanted to expand the housing authority and these duplexes are going to be for senior citizens.”

Added Basham, “Mr. Smith was the ultimate gentleman and professional in all his dealings with our staff. He was always at every meeting and was very prompt and his ability to handle the job of chairman was excellent.”

As for Smith, he says he couldn’t be more pleased and he appreciates the ones who came out in support.

“It’s a small start and these duplexes will be nice,” said Smith. “I believe they will be an asset to the community and give people a good place to live.”