Celebration of life for Linda Robertson Smith will be at noon Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Antioch Baptist Church. Pastor Larry Weathers, pastor, Rev. Edward Pace officiating, with burial following in New Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Ball Play, Ala. Mrs. Smith will lie in repose one hour prior to celebratory services.
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Public viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Adams-Buggs Funeral Chapel. Formal visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Morning Star Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa.
Adams-Buggs Funeral Service Inc. is in charge.
Linda Michelle Smith was born on Oct. 11, 1970, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the second of two children to Hattie Mae Robertson. She confessed Christ at an early age and was a member of Hurricane Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, where she sang in the choir. Later, after moving to Gadsden, she united with Mt. Zion Baptist Church, East Gadsden, Ala.
Linda was a 1989 graduate of Holt High School, Holt, Ala. She pursued higher education at the University of Alabama, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She furthered her education by obtaining a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Alabama in 1997. She was an educator in the Alabama public school system for 19 years and was loved by all her students. She taught at Holt Elementary and Davis-Emerson Middle School, Tuscaloosa, and at Stowers Hill Intermediate School (now Attalla Elementary), after moving to Gadsden. She was a distinguished educator, having won the Alabama State Teacher of the Year Nominee (Davis-Emerson Middle School, 2004) and Teacher of the Year (Stowers Hill, 2007-08). She also shared her teaching talents by helping with the Vacation Bible School at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, East Gadsden.
In 2004, she was joined in matrimony with Kevin O. Smith in Jamaica. They spent a total of 16 loving years together. Linda was a loving wife and mother to their child, Kayla. She valued family and enjoyed planning and hosting family gatherings. She would always say "let's have a 'get-together.'" Linda enjoyed traveling, having set foot in Italy, the isles of the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Also, she especially liked to shop. She was a treasure to all who knew her, and she is sorely missed.
Linda departed this life on Sept. 24, 2012. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Bertha Robertson.
She leaves to cherish and celebrate her memories, her husband of eight years, Kevin Smith; four children, Kayla Smith, Brandon (fiancée Jane) Smith, Shaw AFB, S.C., Kendall (fiancée Carley) Smith, Jacksonville, Ala., Kelcey Smith, UNA, Florence, Ala.; mother, Hattie Mae Robertson, Tuscaloosa; mother-in-law, Faye Nell (Richard) Edwards; father-in-law, Billy Smith; grandmother-in-law, Maudesta Jones; sister, Regina (Rev. John Jr.) Samuel, Tuscaloosa; sisters-in-law, Kimberly (Dale) Heard, Andrews AFB, Md., Keli Edwards, Washington, D.C., Brandy Smith, Bernia (George) McCain, Birmingham, Ala.; aunts, Ruby Lewis, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Dorothy Woods, Attalla, Ala., Annie Jean (Rev. George) Martin, Tuscaloosa; uncles, Alonzo (Marie) Hamlett, Tuscaloosa, James (Anita) Lewis Jr., Tuscaloosa; her treasured nieces and nephews, Jalen Samuel, Jalia Samuel, Daija Heard, Delaney Heard, Deginal Spears Jr. and Gabriel McCain; her special cousins, Janice Henry, Alice Woods, Glenda Brasfield, Tanya Thomas, Alvin Woods, Shelia Davis, Sammy Brown, Lisa Washington, Tony Brown, Semekeyo Steward, David Martin; and a host of other cherished family members. She also leaves her best friend since sixth grade, Erica Lyon, Atlanta, Ga., Lynette Craig and Felecia Robertson, both of Tuscaloosa; and a number of unnamed friends and family whom she loved dearly.
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Published in The Gadsden Times on Sept. 28, 2012