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.