Dr. Marian Williams Smith
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153 Villa Nova St
Cuthbert, GA
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.
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153 Villa Nova St, Cuthbert, GA
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Virgil Chapel Baptist Church
Highway 27 North, Cuthbert, GA
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12 Entries
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Deidre Dunn
Family
July 19, 2021
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
Taffie Fillingame & family
Family
July 19, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Fund memories of a special big sister in the Valley. Thank you Soror for being a part of my life. I am sorry I won't be there to share the love in person, but I will be there in spirit. I will miss you.
Christine Everett Ellis
School
July 19, 2021
We are heartbroken by you loss and sorry we cannot be there during this difficult time.
Annie Bing & Fairmont High school Class 1968
School
July 18, 2021
I had the pleasure of being one of Mrs. M caregiver that's what I called her so loving, she was a special friend to me she treated me just her family we had a great time together getting to know one other and Sharing our love for family, I knew her family and friends well and never met any of them. She will be missed and remembered in my heart, God has another angel in his mist.
Vivian seaton/Tallahassee
July 18, 2021
May God continue to Bless this family with his grace and mercy.
Dr. Rose Campbell
Work
July 17, 2021
Condolences to Bryan(Jasmine), grandchildren,Siblings and family, We loved Marian, too. She has been in the Walker´s life since 1980, when Bryan,Gerald(TJ) and Ato Crumbly became brothers. I ask her to come to FVSU from Tallahassee to pin Tamara AKA in the undergrad chapter. She was gald to do it. She was wherever she needed to be of service. She will be forever missed. "Absent from the body, Present with the Lord." We love U
Barbara S Walker & Family
Friend
July 16, 2021
I offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of the later Dr. Marian Williams Smith. Rest in peace my sorority sister.
Sarah L. Thomas
Other
July 16, 2021
My deepest sympathy. I pray God comforts and strengthen you during this difficult time. SAN
Cassandra Hudson
School
July 16, 2021
What an awesome example and amazing legacy Dr. Smith leaves for us all. As a an alum of Fort Valley State and FAMU, I am in awe and so very thankful. Sincerest condolences to the entire family. Rest well Dr. Smith.
Shemeika Banks & Family
July 16, 2021
Nicole Roddenberry and family
July 16, 2021
My heart is heavy as I know that the family´s is too. I truly miss my friend of over 60 years. May God grant you peace and comfort during this time. I Iove you all!!
Lois Mckellar
Friend
July 16, 2021
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