Betty Smith

Betty Smith

Monday, May 24th, 2021
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Betty Claire Smith, 88, of Reynolds, GA went home to be with the Lord Jesus May 24, 2021 at Liberty Commons/Kempton Assisted Living in Jacksonville. She was born to Lonnie Hugh and Sally Mae Pierce September 24, 1932 in Talbotton, GA. She was the middle child of four other siblings Walter Hugh, Mary, Paul, and Thomas. She was predeceased by both Walter Hugh and Thomas. She grew up on a farm near Reynolds, GA, graduating from Reynolds High School. She graduated from Business Training Institute in Macon, GA and worked as a secretary for Cherokee Brick and Tile before meeting her future husband William Alfred Smith. They were married on March 13, 1950 at Macon. It was the start of a 69 year marriage that took them throughout the States and the world. Upon discharge from the Army, Bill began the process and schooling to become a Navy chaplain and officer. An ever supportive wife, she worked so that he could focus on his education and she faithfully accompanied him throughout his thirty year career to duty stations in Florida, New York, Virginia, and North Carolina. She was mother to three children, Claire Smith Zawistowski of Jacksonville, Christopher Lanier Smith of Conway, SC, and Elizabeth Michelle Gisondi of Cary, NC. She was also grandmother to five children, Lauren McCool of Des Moines, Iowa, Jarrett and Jillian Smith of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Leo and Lila Gisondi of Cary, NC. She was also a mother in law to their spouses, Steve, Becca, Laura, and Joe and leaves behind a number of nephews and nieces as well. Betty was a devoted wife and mother who was a never ending source of love and support for her family. She dearly loved them and was dearly loved in return. She was a remarkably strong woman who was often tasked with raising the children alone when military duty called Bill away from the family for months at a time. She was an avid letter writer and took great care to stay in contact with her family, making each feel special and loved. As much as she loved her family, she loved her God and the Lord Jesus more. She loved going to church and participating in programs to help others, particularly with her excellent sewing and cooking. She could often be found at home playing the piano and singing her favorite hymns to the Lord. She and Bill purchased her family farm after his retirement from the Navy. It was here favorite place where she could enjoy the gardening, animals, and farm life that were so precious to her. Never was she happier than when she was digging in the dirt and working with her flowers and plants, those who knew her know this well. Viewing ceremony will be held at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville, NC at 5:00 with a 6:00 service with Reverend Craig Ham of Genesis United Methodist Church officiating.
Burial will be held at Macon Memorial Park Cemetery, 3969 Mercer University Drive, Macon, Georgia 31204 on June 2, 2:00 pm The service will be live streamed on the FairHaven Funeral Home Macon Facebook page

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FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services has charge of arrangements.
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    Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 2:00pm
    Macon Memorial Park Cemetery
    3969 Mercer University Drive
    Macon, Georgia 31204
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