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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    David Johnson picked the banjo while David Moody plucked the guitar to Arthur Smith's famous song "Dueling Banjos" Saturday during a memorial service in Smith's honor. A public memorial service for Charlotte-based entertainer Arthur Smith who died April 3 at 93 was held Saturday April 12, 2014 at Calvary Church. Top musicians like the Avett Brothers and Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV took part in the celebratory service that began at noon. Close friend and record producer Fred Foster spoke of his long time relationship with Smith and his wife of 73 years Dorothy Smith. Calvary Pastor John Munro delivered the opening remarks, meditation and benediction. WBT's John Hancock emceed the memorial service.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    George Hamilton IV (center) greets other attendees at Arthur Smith's memorial service Saturday. A public memorial service for Charlotte-based entertainer Arthur Smith who died April 3 at 93 was held Saturday April 12, 2014 at Calvary Church. Top musicians like the Avett Brothers and Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV took part in the celebratory service that began at noon. Close friend and record producer Fred Foster spoke of his long time relationship with Smith and his wife of 73 years Dorothy Smith. Calvary Pastor John Munro delivered the opening remarks, meditation and benediction. WBT's John Hancock emceed the memorial service.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Arthur Smith strums a guitar in a video honoring his life during a memorial for Smith on Saturday at Calvary Church. A public memorial service for Charlotte-based entertainer Arthur Smith who died April 3 at 93 was held Saturday April 12, 2014 at Calvary Church. Top musicians like the Avett Brothers and Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV took part in the celebratory service that began at noon. Close friend and record producer Fred Foster spoke of his long time relationship with Smith and his wife of 73 years Dorothy Smith. Calvary Pastor John Munro delivered the opening remarks, meditation and benediction. WBT's John Hancock emceed the memorial service.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Avett Brothers sang "Amazing Grace" during a memorial service for Arthur Smith Saturday at Calvary Church. A public memorial service for Charlotte-based entertainer Arthur Smith who died April 3 at 93 was held Saturday April 12, 2014 at Calvary Church. Top musicians like the Avett Brothers and Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV took part in the celebratory service that began at noon. Close friend and record producer Fred Foster spoke of his long time relationship with Smith and his wife of 73 years Dorothy Smith. Calvary Pastor John Munro delivered the opening remarks, meditation and benediction. WBT's John Hancock emceed the memorial service.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    John Hancock (left) gets a hug from Clay Smith after Smith introduced the WBT radio personality as the emcee of Smith's father's memorial service Saturday at Calvary Church. A public memorial service for Charlotte-based entertainer Arthur Smith who died April 3 at 93 was held Saturday April 12, 2014 at Calvary Church. Top musicians like the Avett Brothers and Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV took part in the celebratory service that began at noon. Close friend and record producer Fred Foster spoke of his long time relationship with Smith and his wife of 73 years Dorothy Smith. Calvary Pastor John Munro delivered the opening remarks, meditation and benediction. WBT's John Hancock emceed the memorial service.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    A public memorial service for Charlotte-based entertainer Arthur Smith who died April 3 at 93 was held Saturday April 12, 2014 at Calvary Church. Top musicians like the Avett Brothers and Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV took part in the celebratory service that began at noon. Close friend and record producer Fred Foster spoke of his long time relationship with Smith and his wife of 73 years Dorothy Smith. Calvary Pastor John Munro delivered the opening remarks, meditation and benediction. WBT's John Hancock emceed the memorial service.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The family of Arthur Smith fills the center aisle of Calvary Church as they enter the salutary for a memorial service in Smith's honor. A public memorial service for Charlotte-based entertainer Arthur Smith who died April 3 at 93 was held Saturday April 12, 2014 at Calvary Church. Top musicians like the Avett Brothers and Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV took part in the celebratory service that began at noon. Close friend and record producer Fred Foster spoke of his long time relationship with Smith and his wife of 73 years Dorothy Smith. Calvary Pastor John Munro delivered the opening remarks, meditation and benediction. WBT's John Hancock emceed the memorial service.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    A public memorial service for Charlotte-based entertainer Arthur Smith who died April 3 at 93 was held Saturday April 12, 2014 at Calvary Church. Top musicians like the Avett Brothers and Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV took part in the celebratory service that began at noon. Close friend and record producer Fred Foster spoke of his long time relationship with Smith and his wife of 73 years Dorothy Smith. Calvary Pastor John Munro delivered the opening remarks, meditation and benediction. WBT's John Hancock emceed the memorial service.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Fred Foster, a close friend of Arthur Smith and a music executive, recounts the story of the first time he met Smith when Foster was 10-years-old. A public memorial service for Charlotte-based entertainer Arthur Smith who died April 3 at 93 was held Saturday April 12, 2014 at Calvary Church. Top musicians like the Avett Brothers and Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV took part in the celebratory service that began at noon. Close friend and record producer Fred Foster spoke of his long time relationship with Smith and his wife of 73 years Dorothy Smith. Calvary Pastor John Munro delivered the opening remarks, meditation and benediction. WBT's John Hancock emceed the memorial service.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dr. John H. Munro, pastor of Calvary Church, says that Arthur Smith talked with him about preaching from the Bible in an early conversation the pair had. A public memorial service for Charlotte-based entertainer Arthur Smith who died April 3 at 93 was held Saturday April 12, 2014 at Calvary Church. Top musicians like the Avett Brothers and Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV took part in the celebratory service that began at noon. Close friend and record producer Fred Foster spoke of his long time relationship with Smith and his wife of 73 years Dorothy Smith. Calvary Pastor John Munro delivered the opening remarks, meditation and benediction. WBT's John Hancock emceed the memorial service.
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