TUSCALOOSA Celeste Augusta Carlton Smith, age 55, of Tuscaloosa, died Aug. 16, 2012, at DCH Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa with Rev. Sam Haun and Rev. Mark McCormack officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church. A reception with the family will be immediately following the service at the church. Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Socapotoy Cemetery in Coosa County. Williams Service Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Celeste was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin R. Carlton of Sylacauga.
Survivors include her husband, James D. Smith, and her daughter, Anna Marie Smith, both of Tuscaloosa; her mother, Mrs. Benjamin R. Carlton of Sylacauga; and her godson, K.D. Smith of Tuscaloosa.
Born in Anniston, Alabama, Celeste grew up in Sylacauga, Alabama and graduated from high school there. She was a graduate of Huntingdon College (B.S.) and the University of Alabama School of Social Work (M.S.W.) She was retired from the Alabama Department of Mental Health after working as a social worker and director at Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa for 26 years. In recent years, she worked as office manager for her husband's law practice.
Celeste was a tireless worker assisting those in need in the community, and was a founder of the Covenant Dance Experience dance ministry that provides many deserving children and youth the opportunity to grow in grace through the art of liturgical dance. She was an Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church and assisted in many programs and mission activities. As an adjunct faculty member and field placement supervisor for the University of Alabama School of Social Work, Celeste was a teacher and mentor for many social work students. She was also active in the local Democratic Party and served on its Executive Committee.
Beloved by her church, friends, and family, she will be sorely missed, but her memory will live on through the many individuals she has touched in her days among us.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Covenant Presbyterian Church's Tornado Relief Fund, or Covenant Dance Experience, c/o Covenant Presbyterian Church, 113 Hargrove Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401; or to one's favorite charity.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 19, 2012