53, of Palmetto, FL went to join her Lord and Savior after a long, courageous battle with cancer, on March 5, 2014. Sue is survived by her loving husband of 21 years, Byron M. Smith III; their daughter, Shelby J. Smith of Palmetto; son, Michael S. Smith and two grandsons, Kolton and Mason (Mimi loves you!) of Millbrook, AL; mother, Mary George Wilson of Wetumpka, AL; brother, Chuck Shirley and his family of Gilbert, SC; sister, Caye Lindsey and family of Millbrook, AL and many other family and special friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Charles Bowen Shirley III and her loving grandparents. Sue was born in Prattville, AL and graduated from Stanhope Elmore High School - Class of 1978. Sue and her family moved to Palmetto FL in 2001 with the plan to be a stay at home Mom, but instead volunteered at and eventually became Bradenton Christian School Elementary school secretary. Sue will be remembered by friends and family for her giving heart, friendliness, beautiful smile and southern drawl. She cherished her friends and family, enjoyed horse related activities, reading, crosswords and being involved in any activity her kids were participating in. Strangers were drawn to Sue and she would talk to them like she had known them forever. A Celebration of Life will be held March 8, 2014 at 10 am at Bayside Community Church - East Campus, 15800 E State Road 64, Bradenton, FL 34212. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209 is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W. Bradenton FL 34209 in the memory of Sue. She loved her BCS kids! Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Brown and Sons 43rd Street - Bradenton
604 43rd Street West Bradenton, FL 34209
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Mar. 7, 2014