Bayne Ellis Smith, Sr.
Oct. 30, 1931 - Feb. 26, 2014
MACON, GA- Bayne Ellis Smith, Sr., 82, of Beverly Place, passed away Wednesday at his residence.
Services will be held Saturday March 1, 2014 at 11:00AM in the Jeffersonville United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Jeffersonville City Cemetery. Rev. Gary Starret will officiate.
Mr. Smith was born in Baxley, GA, the son of the late Walter Pratt, Sr. and Ellie Herndon Smith. He was the widow of the late Mary Rozier Smith whom he was married to for 55 years. He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Harold and (Eula) Smith, (Walter) and Frieda Kaiser, Jack and (Bobbie) Smith, Wendall and (Betty) Smith.
Bayne attended Appling High School graduating in 1950. He worked at Lyric Theater as a doorman before enlisting in the United States Air Force in January 1951, serving in England, Guam, and New Mexico. He retired as a Staff Sergeant. After his service to his country he worked for Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, moving to Macon in 1957 to begin work for Life Insurance Company of Georgia.
Bayne met Mary Rozier in Waycross, GA and they were married in Jeffersonville in 1957.
In 1960, Bayne began working for Professional Life Insurance Company of Jacksonville, FL where he retired in 1974 as VP of Marketing. Soon after retiring he opened an insurance agency in 1974 in Macon which he operated until recently. Bayne was also a founding member of the Twiggs County Volunteer Fire Department, which was the first volunteer fire department accredited in the State of Georgia.
Survivors include his daughter, Kelli and her husband Lee Wilson; son, Bayne Smith, Jr., and his wife Melaney; grandchildren, Ben Brundige, Mary Kathryn Brundige, and Ellie Brundige; and beloved niece, Sandra Lewis.
Bayne always enjoyed traveling with his wife Mary and during retirement enjoyed gardening, flea markets and cars.
Bayne loved life, and his interest in the people he met led to many great friendships. He will be remembered for many things, from his sense of humor to the great care he took of the people he loved- but especially for his love of a good fire, a hot grill, and friends to share them with.
The family wishes to give many thanks to his loving caregivers, Mary, Cynthia, and Marty and the Staff at Pine Point Hospice, especially Nurse Donna Battison.
Donations can be made to Loaves and Fishes Ministry of Macon, (www.loavesandfishesministry.org) or Books for Keeps (www.booksforkeeps.org)
Visit www.reecefuneralhomeinc.com to sign the online registry.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 Friday in the funeral home.
Reece Funeral Home in Jeffersonville has charge of arrangements.
Reece Funeral Home Inc
15448 U.S. 80 Jeffersonville, GA 31044
Published in The Telegraph on Feb. 28, 2014