Mrs. Smith died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.
Before moving to Alto, Mrs. Smith resided in Chicago and in Atlanta most of her life.
Born Jan. 7, 1905, in Fort Payne, DeKalb County, Ala., she was the daughter of the late John Oscar and Christina Rains Griffin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, A.T. Smith; four sisters; two brothers; and three great-grandsons.
Mrs. Smith was a member of First Baptist Church, Cornelia. She rode a train from Crossville, Tenn., to Chicago to meet her future husband A.T. Smith and they were married for 77 years at his death. Mrs. Smith was a retired teacher and homemaker. She taught school in a one-room school in Alabama and also taught in Atlanta. Mrs. Smith was a pianist at First Alliance Church in Atlanta and also played in First Baptist Church Sunday School, in Cornelia.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Buster Cleveland of Alto; sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Evelyn Smith of Tucker and Thurston and Diane Smith of West Columbia, Texas; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Smith was last of her immediate family.
Those wishing to express online condolences to the Smith family may do so by visiting whitfieldfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements were in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
The Northeast Georgian
December 19, 2012