Dr. Marian Williams Smith
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Dr. Marian Williams Smith who transitioned from this earth on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Marian was a loving mother to Bryan (Jasmine) and adored and loved her two grandchildren, Justin, and Jillian. She was a devoted sister to Bettye (Frank) Wilson; Minnie Lewis; Samuel (Juanita) Williams; Wesley (Julia) Williams; and Naomi Hopps. Dr. Smith graduated from Fort Valley State (College) University with a B.S. degree in Mathematics. She continued her education at the University of Georgia and received a M. Ed in Mathematics Education and ultimately received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Mathematics Education. Marian began her professional career in 1964 with the Griffin-Spaulding School System as an high school math teacher. She chaired the math department for numerous years and was awarded the Georgia Sixth Congressional District's 1977 Star Teacher after tutoring her school's Star Student to a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT. In 1978, Dr. Smith began teaching at FVSU as assistant professor. She also served as coordinator of developmental mathematics, advisor for various organizations, volunteered extensively in the community and presented both nationally and internationally in her field.
Dr. Smith was an active member of the FVSU national alumni association for more than 57 years and served as the National Alumni Association treasurer. Marian served as chairperson for the Hunt Bond Troup Scholarship Programs for three (3) terms; member of the FVSU National Alumni Association Board of Directors in 1990-1994; and 2002-2004. She served as President of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Fort Valley National Alumni Association; Chair of the Class of 1964 40th Class Reunion in 2004; Annual Black History Observance Scholarship Committee in 2003; Committee for planning a Retirement Celebration for Coach Douglas Porter in 1997; Treasurer for the FVSU National Alumni Association for 1990-92; received the Mathematics Achievement Award from Fort Valley State College in 1996. She spent her career serving not only the local communities as an educator but also the country. She was a trained professional educator who made outstanding contributions to college and high school education. She began teaching at FAMU in 1981 as associate professor of mathematics and rose to the ranks of chair of the Elementary Education Department; assistant dean of Administrative Services within the College of Education; and professor of Mathematics Education. She was selected as a member of the Advisory Board for the Destined for Success Educational Services in Lithonia, Georgia (2005-2020); selected to serve on the AACTE Committee on Meetings and Professional Development (2008-2011); served on the Association of Teacher Educators Commission on the Development and Preparation for Teaching the Whole Child (2007-2010); Chair of the Title IX Gender Equity Committee at Florida A & M University (2007-2011); selected as a member of Empire Who's Who of Women in Education (2005); Chair of the SACS Committee on Faculty at FAMU (2004-2009); inducted into the Consortium of Doctors (2003): selected as Advanced Teacher of the year (1997) at FAMU. Marian was committed to strengthening, embracing and enhancing teaching and worked diligently with student teachers to help equip them with the knowledge and skills of becoming a successful teacher. She was also selected as a member of a delegation to travel to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa to dialogue with mathematics educators in the colleges/universities (1996); Teacher of the Year at FAMU (1995); Life member of NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, and Fort Valley State National Alumni Association.
Marian was a member of Bethel AME Church, Tallahassee, Florida, member of Tallahassee Coalition of the Homeless and the Big Bend Hospice volunteer program and many other organizations and committees. She retired as professor of mathematics from FAMU in 2012 as Professor of Education. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 19, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Perkins Funeral Home, 153 Villa Nova Street, Cuthbert, Georgia 39840. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., Virgil Chapel Baptist Church, Highway 27 North, Cuthbert, GA 39840.
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Published by Tallahassee Democrat from Jul. 15 to Jul. 16, 2021.