The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 21, 2015 at St. James C.M.E Church, 215 Railroad Street, Marshallville, Georgia, where Reverend Billy Heard is pastor. Burial will follow at Willow Lake Memorial Gardens, Willow Lake Road, Fort Valley, Georgia.
Bernice B. Smith was born on January 20, 1952, in Macon County, Georgia, to the late Maggie Pearl Blue and Henry L. Blue. She relocated to Rochester, NY with her family in 1957. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1969 and was employed at Eastman Kodak for many years, retiring from the Film Finishing department in 2007. Bernice was always taking pictures of family and friends. She had boxes upon boxes of pictures. This served as proof that she single handedly intended to save the Eastman Kodak Company film business, despite the digital evolution.
Bernice was known for her love of order and process. She always knew exactly how things should go and was always willing to share with her family, whether they wanted to hear it or not. She had a heart of gold and was always willing to help anyone. She was a true Georgia Peach.
The Lord saw fit to call Bernice home on October 30, 2015. We will miss her dearly. She rests in the Lord's tender care and joins her loved ones who have preceded her in death: her mother and sister, Delores Smith.
Those left to cherish her memory include her loving daughter, MaToya Smith; brothers, Henry Lewis (Ann) Blue, Bernard Blue; sister, Deborah Elaine (LeRoy) Quick, all of Rochester, NY; twin goddaughters, Dominique and Monique Miller; a special great niece who was like a daughter, Modesty Gause, and her children who were like grandchildren, Taniah and Candace McCutcheon and Isis Rutledge; lifelong friends Marina Alvarez, Jackie Hannah, Evelyn Walters, and Jannette Leary (Marshallville, GA); a special neighbor, Jennifer Rozzi, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.