Jean Ann "Jeeter" Smith went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 3, 2022. Mrs. Smith had suffered from dementia and had lived in a nursing home in Macon, Georgia for the last 3 1/2 years.
Mrs. Smith was born in Morgan, Calhoun County, Georgia, on July 6, 1930. After graduating from high school, she attended Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia until leaving to marry her husband William (Billy) P. Smith in 1949. The couple made their home in Dawson.
Mrs. Smith was a devoted member of The First Baptist Church of Dawson. She was a Biblical scholar and taught her Sunday School class for many years. She loved music and frequently sang in the church choir. She was an avid gardener and loved working in her home's flower beds. She had also hand-dug a fish pond in her backyard which was filled with goldfish and koi. She was a loyal BullDawg and she and Billy attended and entertained guests at Georgia football games from 1967 until Billy's passing in 2003. She was a devoted wife and mother.
Mrs. Smith was predeceased by her father, Wright Thomas Merritt, mother Nellie Clark Merritt Perkins, sister, Gwendolyn Merritt Davis, brother, Benjamin Clark Merritt and daughter, Patricia Smith Lesher (Jack). She is survived by her sons, James Peyton Smith (Ann) of Macon, Georgia and William Thomas Smith of Dawson, Georgia, her grandchildren, Natalie Lurie (Josh) of Gray, Georgia and Peyton Asbury Smith (Ansley) of Perry, Georgia and her great-granddaughter Lola Jean Lurie.
A celebration of her life will be held graveside at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Dawson on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Charles Jones will officiate, with several of Mrs. Smith's friends offering favorite memories. The family will greet friends at graveside after the service, followed by lunch for all family and friends at the First Baptist Church.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Zebulon Park Health and Rehab in Macon for the years of love and care they provided to Mrs. Smith. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Patricia Smith Lesher Scholarship at Augusta University, 1120 15 Street, AD 1104, Augusta, Ga. 30912 or to the First Baptist Church of Dawson.