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Danny Smythe

August 25, 1948 July 6, 2016
Danny Smythe
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Obituary for Danny Smythe

Danny Smythe, age 67, a resident of Plainfield, IL and formerly of Memphis, TN, passed away July 6, 2016.
Danny is survived by his loving wife, Tracy DeCourcy; his cherished daughter, DeLanie (Bert) Dargie of Franklin, TN; his grand-daughters, Cameryn and Sydney Dargie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Gayle (nee Bourne) Smythe; and his brother, Phil Smythe.
"Love is a River Running Soul Deep..."
Many know Danny through music. Many more who never met him were touched by that same music. Danny was the original drummer for Box Tops, who typified the summer of love with the 1967 hit, "The Letter". That blue-eyed soul straight out of Memphis spoke to many. When the band reunited in the mid-90s he was happy to bring that same joy back to those who listened to it years ago.
Danny appreciated beauty and art in all forms. As a graphic illustrator for over four decades, he chose a photo-realistic approach to enhance all that was around him. As with his time with the Box Tops, many were exposed to Danny's sense of beauty in products used everyday. Your own surroundings may reveal the perfection of flowers, plants and full gardens on Mircale-Gro ® products and many others shown on http://www.dannysmythe.com. Personally and professionally, Danny actively sought ways to demonstrate love through his actions and outcomes he enabled.
Danny appreciated the larger world around him and embraced the opportunity to travel and absorb history and architecture. He accompanied Tracy as she ran marathons from Maui to Boston to New York. He was her biggest fan as she was his. Danny was an avid golfer and member of Mistwood Golf Club where many mornings with the mist still in the air, he could be found on the first tee with a smile as big as the new day. His strength of character and steady demeanor served him and others well.


Danny is survived by his loving wife, Tracy DeCourcy; his cherished daughter, DeLanie (Bert) Dargie of Franklin, TN; his grand-daughters, Cameryn and Sydney Dargie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Gayle (nee Bourne) Smythe; and his brother, Phil Smythe.

"Love is a River Running Soul Deep..."

Many know Danny through music. Many more who never met him were touched by that same music. Danny was the original drummer for Box Tops, who typified the summer of love with the 1967 hit, "The Letter". That blue-eyed soul straight out of Memphis spoke to many. When the band reunited in the mid-90s he was happy to bring that same joy back to those who listened to it years ago.

Danny appreciated beauty and art in all forms. As a graphic illustrator for over four decades, he chose a photo-realistic approach to enhance all that was around him. As with his time with the Box Tops, many were exposed to Danny's sense of beauty in products used everyday. Your own surroundings may reveal the perfection of flowers, plants and full gardens on Mircale-Gro ® products and many others shown on http://www.dannysmythe.com. Personally and professionally, Danny actively sought ways to demonstrate love through his actions and outcomes he enabled.

Danny appreciated the larger world around him and embraced the opportunity to travel and absorb history and architecture. He accompanied Tracy as she ran marathons from Maui to Boston to New York. He was her biggest fan as she was his. Danny was an avid golfer and member of Mistwood Golf Club where many mornings with the mist still in the air, he could be found on the first tee with a smile as big as the new day. His strength of character and steady demeanor served him and others well.

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