Martha Farr Smith Bevill, 87, died Saturday Oct. 27, 2012 at her home in Newington (Kildare).
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Martha was born Aug. 10, 1925 at her family homestead, Longwood, in Effingham and Screven counties. She was the daughter of the late Cone Edward Smith and the late Mirtie Farr Smith.
She was educated in Screven and Chatham County public schools. She attended Savannah High School and graduated from Newington High School.
She was a member of the U.S. Cadet Corps Nurses Program established during World War II to address the nation's critical nursing shortage. She graduated from the Warren A. Candler School of Nursing in 1947 and was engaged and married the same year to her husband of 60 years, Emory Hinton Bevill Jr. of Kildare. After marriage, the couple lived briefly in Galveston, Texas, and Beaufort and Camden, S.C., before returning to live in Kildare at the Bevill family homestead in Effingham County.
She was a member of Mizpah United Methodist Church, the ancestral church of the Bevill family. She worked her entire professional career at Candler Hospital in Savannah where she served as the recovery room director. Her husband and their daughter, Pauline (Polly) Smith Bevill Marsh, precede her in death. Also preceding her in death are two sisters, Sarah Floyd and Eve Underwood, and three brothers, Augustus Smith, Joseph Smith and Walter Smith.
Immediate survivors include a son, Emory Hinton Bevill III of Lewes, Del.; two grandsons, Robert William Marsh III of Newington and Matthew Bevill Marsh (Tara) of Sylvania, and respective grandchildren Kaydence and Gentry; two sisters, Christine Cieslowski of Newington and Mirtie Dockery of Douglas; and two sisters-in-law, Lytle Bevill and Mary Bevill Helmey, both of Savannah.
Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 30. The funeral was Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. at Mizpah United Methodist Church (Kildare community) with interment to follow in the church cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to Mizpah United Methodist Church Building Fund c/o 122 Mizpah Road, Clyo, GA 31303. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home in Springfield was in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Effingham Herald from Nov. 3 to Dec. 3, 2012