July 2, 1951-
October 4, 2013
Smiths Station, AL- Marcia S. Smith, 62, of Smiths Station, AL, passed away early Friday morning, October 4, 2013, while in the comfort of her home.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm EST, on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at Smiths Station Baptist Church with Dr. David Kees and Reverend Dean Knipe officiating. Interment will follow the service at Lakeview Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 pm EST at Vance Memorial Chapel in Phenix City. Serving as Pallbearers are, Jerry Bentley, Bobby Kilcrease, Willie Harold, Steve Henley, Jimmy Wright and David Zeigler.
Marcia was born to her parents, Lucy and Hawley Strickland, on July 2, 1951, in Wills Crossroads, AL, where she spent her childhood. She attended schools in Abbeville, AL then resided in Eufaula, AL from 1970 until her marriage to D.D. Smith, September 30, 1994, when she then moved to Phenix City. She and D.D. purchased their present home on Lake Oliver and moved to Smiths Station in 1998.
Marcia worked in various positions at Mead Coated Board from 1973 until 1999 when the first signs of her condition began to appear. She was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease at UAB in Birmingham in 2000 at the age of only 49. Medication was started early and she stayed fairly stable until the medication lost its effectiveness in early 2007. Once her condition began deteriorating it went downhill very fast.
Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Todd Smith and an infant brother, Charles Lester Strickland.
She is survived by her husband Denver D. Smith; daughters, Amy Irby (Brent) of Birmingham, AL, Debra Livingston (Keith) of Phenix City and Sharon Smith-Horton (Christopher) of Salem, AL; sons, Christopher Lee (Erin) of Huntsville, AL, Mark Smith (Laura) of Phenix City and Brad Smith (Damien) of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Felicia Hilyer (Joe) of Abbeville, AL; step father, William Stuckey of Wills Crossroads, AL; 15 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; much extended family and many caring friends.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Oct. 6, 2013