Mary Alice Smith, 73

Funeral services for Mary Alice Smith, 73 of Jefferson, will be held Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Carter and Rev. Tony Powers officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home. Burial will follow Friday, October 15, 2021 at Swainsboro City Cemetery at 11 a.m. with Rev. Emory Fennell officiating. She left this world in the comfort of her home and with her loving husband holding her hand after a lengthy illness October 10, 2021.

Mrs. Mary Alice Smith was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to many.

She was born near Dublin on September 27, 1948 to Earlene Sheppard, who unfortunately died while she was a young girl. She was lovingly raised by J.T. Kight (also known as “Red”) and Evelyn Kight, then later a special stepmother, Carolyn Snider.

Her siblings included two brothers, Edward Sheppard and J.W. (Christina) Kight, and three sisters, Elizabeth (David) Butts, Karen (Ron) Claxton and Kim Jackson. She also left behind a sister-in-law, Marisue (Cal) Avery.

She and her husband, Russell Eugene (Gene) Smith were married for nearly 54 years and adored one another. Together, they had three children, Russell Smith Jr. of Austin, Texas, Marti (Mark) Gibbs of Gainesville, and Ben (Sarah) Smith of Cleveland. They also had eight beautiful grandchildren: Deann Smith, Cassandra Rangel, Kyle Smith, Riley Smith and Zack, Ethan, Taryn and Mia Gibbs. There are several great-grandchildren as well.

After raising her children, Mrs. Smith earned her B.S. in social work as well as a master’s in social work from the University of Georgia. During her career, she worked in the psychology clinic at UGA as well as for Psychiatric Health Services and DFACS – Adult Protective Services. She loved her job as well as helping people.

Mrs. Smith was always ready with a funny joke that would make you laugh or even blush a little! She was an avid reader and enjoyed watching game shows on television. During their retirement years, they took advantage of their time together and took many trips and saw many beautiful places around the world. Some of her favorite trips was when they visited Ireland, Nova Scotia, and Durango/Silverton Railroad. She and her husband are members of Union Baptist Church in Winder.

Pallbearers will be Jay Poole, Zack Gibbs, Ethan Gibbs, Taryn Gibbs, Carlin Stewart, and Joseph Stewart.

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson is in charge of arrangements.

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