The funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, December 5, 2009 at Marthanna Living Way of Christ, Georgia Highway 280, Desoto, Georgia. Interment will follow in the Antioch Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith was born April 19, 1943 in Lee County, Georgia to the late John Mays and Lena Bell Gary Mays. She was married to John Lee Smith, Sr. and to this union they were blessed with two children and three step-children. She was educated in the public school system of Lee County. At an early age, she joined Marthanna Grove Baptist Church where she served on the Usher Board Ministry. After many years of dedicated services, she retired as homemaker.
Survivors include a beloved husband of thirty-six years, John Lee Smith, Sr., Americus, Georgia; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Jacqueline King (Calvin) and Faye Denise Carter (Christopher), all of Americus, Georgia; three stepchildren, John Smith, Jr., James Smith (Cassandra), all of Atlanta, Georgia. and Juanita Smith (Abdal), Americus, Georgia; thirteen grandchildren; four siblings, Lena Fuller (Roosevelt), Desoto, Georgia, Mary Paul, Jack Mays, both of Coral Gable, Florida and Ernest Mays, Leesburg, Georgia; sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Minnie Ray (Ray), Pompano, Florida, and Henry Grady Smith, Miami, Florida; aunts and uncles, Evelyn Mays, Smithville, Georgia, Ella Ruth Mays, Leslie, Georgia, James Mays, Atlanta, Georgia, Robert Mays (Norma), Leslie, Georgia, Willie James Horton (Annie), St. Reigh, Kansas and William Daniels, Lee, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including four devoted friends, Ernestine Brown, Lessie Reese, Essie Mae Mitchell, and Bobbie Mae Robinson.
Please know everyone of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Pam and Mike Chapman
We are sorry to hear about the lost of your dear mother. Know that God is there to comfort during this time and always. Trust Him. Thank God for the 66 beautiful years he gave you. Know that she will always be in your heart. Live so that you will see her again.
James & Harriett Rouland-Jones
My sincere sympathy, with loving memories of Ms. Almeta. May God comfort your hearts.
It is our prayer that God will hold you in His loving arms and strengthen you during this your saddest hour of mourning the loss of your beloved. May God Bless each of you.
Pagie $Mae Belle Thomas
Jackie I am sorry to hear of your lost.I will keep you and your family in my prayers in this time of your grieving. Stay Strong and trust in the Lord.
WE AT LEE MEDICAL IS SORRY TO HEAR OF THE LOST OF YOUR LOVE ONE. AS YOU KNOW SHE WILL BE TRULY MISSED..
DR JAMES HOTZ AND STAFF AT LEE MEDICAL ARTS IN LEESBURG GA
LEE MEDICAL ARTS
gone but never forgotten you will be missed! love bessie!
Let not your heart be trouble. God is to wise to make a mistake. Our heart and prayers goes out to the family, which we are part of. with all our love
The Hawkins and Preston Family your Cousins
Robert, Delores, Lakietha Hawkins
Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow May the love of God be with you during this difficult time
Reginald & Angela Stevenson
I am sorry to hear of your loss, but remember that God is always there to wipe away out tears and he has "large" arms for us to be held for comfort.
With deepest sympathy for your family. You were a very sweet lady that I called madear when I saw you.Very nice lady and you will be forever be missed.
Earth has Know sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Our prayers are with your family.
Delores & Alvin Jackson
To the family of the late Mrs. Almeta Mays Smith I am so sorry for your loss. When the enemy death strikes, our grief can be great even though we may believe in the resurrection hope. And we can have confidence in the resurrection because Jehovah God guarantees it because he resurrected Jesus as the scripture brings out at Acts 17:31 So trust in the God of all comfort and he will see you through this difficult time.
Dear Uncle John:
I know that you do not remember me. I was a very young girl the last time that you saw me. I am your brother Troy's youngest daughter. Minnie told me of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Eva Jean (Smith) Hayes
Our hearts and spirit goes out to the family. Gwen is the oldest daughter of Troy Smith Jr. I know that she will be missed and now she is safely home with the Lord.
Gwendolyn Smith Williams
I miss my grandma but I am glad she has to do no more suffering I miss her and I will always love her! She will always be in my heart
even though it has been a year and 3 months has passed and I still missed you. I will always love you with all my heart.