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Joan M. Smith

Greenwood

On July14, Rachel Joan McGee Smith, joined her Lord and Savior in heaven. Known by her friends as "JoAnn" and appropriately named "Amour" by her grandchildren, she exuded love in all that she said and did. Joan will be remembered for her deep faith in Christ, her graciousness, her wisdom, and her gentle strength.

Joan was the wife of Robert H. "Bob" Smith for sixty-five years. They have made their home in Greenwood since 1954. A selfless wife, mother, and grandmother, she gave all of herself to her family, her church, and her community. Known for her beautiful speaking voice, Joan gave many book reviews, recitations, and fashion show commentaries. An active member of First United Methodist Church, Joan served on the Staff Parish Committee, was a life member of the United Methodist Women, wrote and directed numerous church plays and programs, was a leader for the Methodist Youth Fellowship, and taught many Sunday School classes, church circles, and Bible studies. As a charter member and president, Joan named the women's club LeBonte, meaning "benevolent." She was a life member of the Greenwood Junior Auxiliary, Town and Country Garden Club, and enjoyed her bridge club.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her son, David Barton Smith; her parents; her sisters-in-law, Jo Page McGee and Geraldine Smith Peters. She is survived by her husband, Robert H. Smith; her son Robert Brent Smith (Laura), of Oxford, MS; Stacie Smith Crim (Bill), of Jackson, MS; her grandchildren David Barton Smith II and Aynslee Alexander Smith of Oxford, MS; and William Lee Crim III, Rachel Barton Crim, and Robert Balie Crim of Jackson, MS; her brother Dale Gassaway McGee (Jan) of Memphis, TN; her sister-in-law Christine Smith Eller of Elizabethton, TN; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Greenwood, MS and 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014 followed by the service in the sanctuary. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Park in Memphis, TN. Wilson & Knight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to The Bart Smith Memorial Scholarship at First United Methodist Church, 310 West Washington Street, Greenwood, MS 38930.

An online guest book may be signed at www.wilsonandknight.com.



Published in Clarion Ledger on July 17, 2014
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