Food City Founder Passes Away

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Knoxville (WVLT) – The founder of the Food City chain, Jack C. Smith has passed away at his home in Abingdon, Virginia following a brief illness.

He was 81 years old.

Smith is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and served in the Navy for seven years.

In 1955, Smith opened his first grocery store, a Piggly Wiggly franchise, in his hometown of Grundy, Virginia.

Smith's company K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. operates 95 Food City stores in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

Smith is precede in death by his wife of 56 years, Jewell "Judy" Garland Smith in 2003. He is survived by his son, Steve Smith who is the President and CEO of Food City; two daughters; one sister-in-law; two brothers-in-law and six grandchildren.

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