Valdosta Daily Times

July 18, 2013

Elizabeth Johnson Smith


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Elizabeth Johnson Smith, 84, of Valdosta, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Langdale Hospice House. Mrs. Smith was born on Dec. 19, 1928, in Lexington, Tenn., to the late Jim Henry and Girtha Petty Johnson. While growing up, she spent most of her childhood and received her education in Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Valdosta First United Methodist Church. She retired as head bookkeeper for Valdosta Insurance Agency and Blanton and Griffin Insurance of Valdosta. Mrs. Smith was a devoted mother to her three sons and family.

“Not only was she our mother, but our Best Friend and Mentor.” She was our North, our South, our East and West.” Remember her as the person she was, “Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep for I Am with the Lord.”

She is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law, Henry Grady (Bubba) Smith and Helen Johnson Smith of Lexington, Tenn., Gregory Earl Smith and Ruth Watson of Lake Park, Michael Eugene Smith and Tina Garrett Smith of Valdosta; four grandchildren, Blake Colin Smith of Athens, Ga., Jade Smith Johnson of Douglasville, Ga., Luke and Lee Bailey of Valdosta; five great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Betty Moyes Johnson of Bartlett, Tenn., and Dorothy Conway of Valdosta; her friend and caregiver, Ellie Bridges, of Valdosta.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Grady Smith; and her brother, James Leroy Johnson.  

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2013, in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with Pastor Keith Allsbrook officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com. — Carson McLane Funeral Home