LUDOWICI - Charles Jefferson "C.J." Smiley II, 74, of Ludowici, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
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C.J. was born Nov. 6, 1939, in Jesup to the late Archie and Laurena Smiley. He was a resident of Long County and graduated from Long County High School in 1957. He attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He served the public through his role as an engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation for 34 years and retired in 1994. Upon retirement, he and his wife returned to Ludowici, where they enjoyed many years that included activities such as horseback riding, gardening, civic endeavors, church activities and time with family and friends. C.J. was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Sarah Smiley McDonough; and his nieces, Lynn Beck and Suzie Wilson.
Survivors are C.J.'s wife of 53 years, Betty Reddish Smiley of Ludowici; a daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Danny Cameron of Newnan, Georgia; a son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Shelly Smiley of Senoia, Georgia; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Derry and Charlotte Smiley, and Mack and Laura Smiley, both of Ludowici; a sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Larry Ogletree of Roswell, Georgia; four grandchildren, Kallie Cameron, Kyle Cameron, Cameron Smiley and Cassie Smiley; a great-granddaughter, Kaelyn Bowen; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Gum Branch Baptist Church with the Revs. Rick Brown and Eric Rentz officiating. Interment will be in the Gum Branch Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jamie Smiley, Charlie Smiley, Archie Smiley, Levin Tomlinson, Christopher Lumpkin, Paul Brannen, Daniel Brooks and Tommy Faulk. Honorary pallbearers will be C.J.'s friends at the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Adult V Sunday school class members of Gum Branch Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Gum Branch Baptist Church, 8590 Highway 196 West, Hinesville, GA 31313.
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Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of the arrangements.
Rinehart & Sons Funeral Home
860 S. US Highway 301 Jesup, GA 31546
Published in Coastal Courier from June 30 to July 7, 2014