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Wendolyn Mitchell SMITH


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Wendolyn Mitchell SMITH Obituary
SMITH, Wendolyn Mitchell Macon, GA Wendolyn Mitchell Smith, 62, a 33-year resident of Macon, Georgia, went to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior, after a 19-year battle with cancer on December 6, 2017. Wendolyn, known by her loved ones as Wen, was born in Columbus, Georgia, to the parentage of the late Hattie Louise and Willie Lee Mitchell. She was one of three siblings, including her identical twin, Gwendolyn Mitchell. Wendolyn was educated in the Muscogee County Public School System; and graduated from Hardaway High School in 1973. Shortly thereafter, Wendolyn enrolled and attended Savannah State College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She furthered her education earning a Master of Science Degree from Fort Valley State University; and the Education Specialist Degree in Counseling from Troy State University, Phoenix City, Alabama. After graduation from college, the couple (Bertram & Wendolyn) moved to Ocean Side, California. Upon returning to Georgia, Wendolyn entered the education profession and taught or served as a counselor at Camp La Lejeune Elementary School System; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Valaho Elementary School, Valaho, California; Upson County High, Thomaston, Georgia; and the Bibb County School System at the King Elementary-Edison School, Springdale Elementary School, Sonny Carter Elementary School, Joseph N. Neel Academy, Matilda Hartley Elementary School, and Ballard Alternative School. Wendolyn was a life member of the National Savannah State University Alumni Association and the Metro Macon Chapter of the National Association, Macon, Georgia and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority-Epsilon Omega Omega Chapter, Macon, Georgia. Wendolyn was an avid traveler and fulfill her last dreams by completing her bucket list to travel to all 50 States and six of the seven continents. Wendolyn loved the Lord, and at the time of her demise was a member of the St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church-Atlanta, Georgia. She served faithfully beside her husband, Reverend Bertram Smith, as First Lady on their journey serving the Lord in the African Methodist Episcopal Church as: the Second Vice-President of the Sixth Episcopal District Ministers, Spouses, Widows and Widowers and PKs; the Women's Missionary Society; co-founder and First Lady of Adams Smith Tabernacle A.M.E. Church-Warner Robins, Georgia; Duresville A.M.E. Church-Macon, Georgia; and St. Peter A.M.E. Church-Fort Valley, Georgia. Wendolyn also served as the First Lady of the Augusta-Wrens District while her husband served as one of the Presiding Elders of the Augusta Georgia Conference. Other Christian service included: serving the Macon Conference as Christian Debutante-Masters Commissioner and President of the Macon Georgia Conference Minister's Spouses, Widows and Widowers and PKs. Wendolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Lee Mitchell and Hattie Louise Davis (Leonard); in-laws, Reverend Peter and Louise Smith; stepbrother, Corvette Davis; nephew, Sgt. Ramon L.A. Johnson; and sister-in-law, Dr. Anthelyn Jean Temple. Wendolyn was the beloved wife of Reverend Bertram Cornell Smith; loving mother of Nicole, Monique, Danielle Smith; attentive grandmother of Tresor Warren, Jase Rivera and Daniel Smith; god-mother of Terrence Graham, Rory Calhoun, John and Linda Vorcheck, Brittany and Dorothy Baker; the sister to Willie Louise Richardson, Diane Reid, Gwendolyn Mitchell Johnson (Gregory), Willie Lee Mitchell (Marie); god-sister of Genesta Webb and Cecedar Velasco; sister-in-law to Dr. Wanda West (Roy), Marie McKenzie (Warren), Paula Evett Smith Wright, Otis Smith and Reverend Richard Temple; an aunt to 14 nieces and nephews; numerous great- nieces, great-nephews, cousins and had a world of wonderful friends. The Family will convene at the family Home at 160 Bentwood Circle, Macon, Georgia, (478) 320-9950. Family Wake: 6:30-7:30 P.M., Wednesday, December 14, 2017, St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 2501 Shurling Drive, Macon, Georgia; Morning Service: 10:00 A.M., Thursday, December 14, 2017; St. Mark A.M.E. Church, 3605 Campbellton Road SW; Atlanta, Georgia 30331; Closing Service: 2:30 P.M., Thursday, December 14, 2017, The Macon Centreplex-Ballroom, 200 Coliseum Drive; Macon, GA 31217. Hicks & Sons Mortuary, Inc.; 2233 Anthony Road; Macon, Georgia 31204 (478) 788-4300.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 10, 2017
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