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Bachman Shirer Smith III

Bachman Shirer Smith III
  • October 10, 1944 - February 3, 2017
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Respite Care Charleston
    1605 Harbor View Road
    Charleston, SC 29412
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Grace Church Cathedral
    98 Wentworth St.
    Charleston, SC 29401
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • organization of your choice

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“To all of Bachman's family: although we only knew Bachman through his visits to Colorado, we always looked forward to being with such a gentleman,...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Ann & Family,I was so sorry to hear of your dear Bachman's passing.My sincerest condolences. Anne Brockinton Lee ”
2 of 31 | Posted by: Anne Brockinton Lee - Lake Tahoe, NV

“Dear Ann, We were so very sad to hear of Bachman's death. We remember you both fondly and especially our biking along the Glenwood Canyon trail in...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Susan Halverstadt - Denver, CO

“I was so sorry to hear of Bachman's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
4 of 31 | Posted by: David Jordan - Columbia, SC

“Eunice, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers for the lost of Bachman. I have many pleasant thoughts of Bachman from...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: leck brock - marietta, GA

“My sincere and deepest condolences to the entire family. I have very fond memories of Bachman from my days in public finance in the late 90s at...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Andie Kennedy - High Point, NC

“My condolences to the Smith family. I enjoyed seeing Mr. Smith at Kanuga Conference Center during the summer guest periods. I worked on summer staff...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Bradley Jones - Hendersonville, NC

“To the Smith family - our prayers and thoughts are with each of you - Bachman was such a good man, attorney and person - when I retired from the firm...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Linda Sudbury - Malvern, AR

“Dear Ann and family: Bachman was such a nice person. I remember that when I was in high school running for Student Council he gave a speech in my...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Lee Demetre Lavelle - SC

“Ann, Eunice and all the Smith family, please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Praying you will know great comfort during this time. ”
10 of 31 | Posted by: Becky Kerr - Isle of Palms,, SC

“Please accept our deepest sympathies. Tom and Beth Stoney ”
11 of 31 | Posted by: Thomas P. Stoney, II - SC

“Bachman Smith was a very memorable classmate from the High School of Charleston, a distinguished individual, someone we all looked up to. ”
12 of 31 | Posted by: Nathaniel Wallace - Orangeburg, SC

“My deepest condolences to the entire Smith family. The only thing more comforting than hearing Bachman's voice was listening to his choice of words...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Ellen Gardner - NYC, NY - Friend

“Ann, thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family now and in the days ahead. Please know that both Jerry and I share in your loss. I was...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: Cornelia (and Jerry) Burn - SC

“So sorry to hear of Bachman's passing. Friends since the 4th grade, roommates, and fraternity brothers. We were the odd couple of " H " dorm our...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Sumter DaVega - Carmel, IN

“Dear Ann and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy. Bachman was true southern...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Tim Nauss - Macao, China

“Ann. Mary and I are saddened by your loss.You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers ”
17 of 31 | Posted by: Mary&Sted Dowd - Longmeadow, MA

“My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of my South Carolina fraternity brother, Bachman. Love always to Ann. ”
18 of 31 | Posted by: Hugh Wilson - McClellanville, SC

“With deepest thoughts of sympathy for the loss of my fraternity brother and to his bride, Ann who was my friend. ”
19 of 31 | Posted by: Hugh Wilson - McClellanville, SC

“To Bachman my fraternity brother at Carolina and Ann my first love.Hugh Wilson McClellanville, SC ”
20 of 31 | Posted by: Hugh Wilson - McClellanville, SC

“Oh, Ann, I am so sad for you and your family. With Love,Gay ”
21 of 31 | Posted by: Gay Coleman - Asheville, NC

“Ann - we are so sorry for your loss. I have a hole in my heart. Bachman was one of a kind - a real gentleman and I always enjoyed seeing him. I...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Minh Nguyen - North Charleston, SC

“Bachman was such a leader in all his endeavors .. Our thoughts and prayers in your time of sorrow .. with love Sted & Jane + Sted & Mary Dowd ”
23 of 31 | Posted by: Sted Dowd - Charleston, SC

“Ann, Lindsay and I send our thoughts and prayers. We were so sorry to hear about Bachman ”
24 of 31 | Posted by: Brent Heffron - Sullivan's Island, SC

“Dear Ann,Barry and I were very sad to learn of Bachman's passing. He was a true gentleman and you were such a loving couple. Hugs, prayers, and...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Barry and Donia Teagle - SC

“Everyone here at Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, PA send our deepest sorrows for Mr. Bachman Smith's family at this sad time. He will...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: PMPED - Hampton, SC

“Bachman was a wonderful man. I will never forget how kind he was to me and my son following the death of my husband. He made sure I knew that I didn...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Libby England - Charleston, SC

“Ann,I was so sorry to read of Bachman's death. I met you when you and Bachman were engaged, and enjoyed seeing you (and sometimes both of you)...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Carolyn Gorman - Charleston, SC

“I wish you peace and comfort in the loss of Bachman. Although I knew him mainly as a teenager, I read his obituary and recognized the man I knew he...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Mimi Reese - Lexington, SC

“With deepest sympathy- ”
30 of 31 | Posted by: Robert H Green - McClellanville, SC

“Bachman was kind and a good councelor to his younger college friends which revealed much of his character. My condolences to Ann, his children,...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Bobby Temple - Fort Motte, SC


Bachman Shirer Smith III, 72, a lifelong resident of Charleston, died Thursday February 3, 2017, of complications from Parkinson's Disease. Bachman was the son of the late Dr. Bachman S. Smith, Jr. and Eunice Green Smith. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann Bell Smith; sons, Bachman S. Smith IV (Kathryn), and Legare B. Smith (Kate); daughter, Merritt S. Kellett (Wim); grandchildren: McGregor W. Kellett, Hoke G. Kellett, Seabrook W. Kellett, Clayson M. Smith, Cecilia C. Smith, and Bachman S. Smith V; sisters, Margaret S. Garbe (Richard), and Eunice S. Logan (Wade); and brother, Walter G. Smith (Callie).

Bachman was born October 10, 1944. He graduated from High School of Charleston, The University of South Carolina, and The University of South Carolina School of Law. He practiced law in the firms of Brockinton, Brockinton and Smith and Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, where he served as managing partner.

Bachman's sense of civic responsibility knew no bounds and started with his dedication to his church. He was a lifelong member of Grace Church Cathedral, where he served as Senior Warden under 3 rectors, Master of Acolytes, and Church Chancellor. He served as chairman of the City of Charleston Zoning Board of Adjustment, Charleston Election Commission, and Sullivan's Island Board of Zoning Appeals. He was former president of the following organizations: Historic Charleston Foundation, York Place (Episcopal Home for Children), the Rotary Club of Charleston, the New England Society, Charleston Lawyers Club, Board of Trustees of Charleston Day School, and Steward of the South Carolina Society. He also served on the boards of The Community Foundation, The University of the South (Sewanee), Ashley Hall, and Youth Service Charleston. He was a member of Twin Fin, the Howard Society, the Society of Colonial Wars, the Agricultural Society of S.C. and the Carolina Yacht Club.

Bachman was an avid golfer, enjoying years of playing at the Country Club of Charleston, Biltmore Forest Country Club and Yeamans Hall Club.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at Grace Church Cathedral on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. and to visit with the family at a reception following the service in Hanahan Hall. (Bow ties are appropriate) Friends and family may visit at the home, 78 Secession St., Mt. Pleasant from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2017. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.

The family thanks Marion Morton, Sandpiper and Piedmont Hospice for their kindness and care.

In lieu of flowers, and if desired, memorials may be made to Respite Care Charleston, 1605 Harbor View Rd. Charleston, SC 29412, and/or Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC 29401or any organization of your choice.