Emmett Smith, 89, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 21, 2015 at his residence after a lengthy illness. His funeral will be held Thursday morning, April 23, 2015, at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dwight Bishop and Mr. Cliff Starr officiating. The family will receive friends at the church starting a 10 AM in the Friendship Fellowship Hall. Pallbearers will Jeff McLain, Ray Garner, Denton Powers, Buddy Moore, Tony Fritz, Trey Smith, Donny McGowan and Tim McGowan. Honorary pallbearers will be Nephews, Great-Nephews and Cousins.
Mr. Emmett was born Dec. 27, 1925 in the Rock Hill community of Early County to the late Abdally Duncan Smith and Menla Marie Temples Smith. He was retired from Early Tractor Company , where he worked from 1953 until 1990. He was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church and the Men’s Sunday School Class and Men’s Choir. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his son: James Emmett “Jimmy” Smith; two sisters: Edith Smith Jones and Vivian Smith Moore; and by 4 brothers: A. D. Smith, Jr., Roy, Lynward and Bill Smith.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Merlene McGowan Smith of Blakely, Ga. and a daughter, Sandra Smith Sanders and her husband, Charles of Norcross, Ga., 2 grandsons: Justin Lane and wife Marianna and William “Bo” Lane and wife Emily and by 5 great grandchildren: George Emmett Lane, Natalia Eleni Lane, Emma Catherine Lane, Annabelle Grace Lane and Myles Brunson Lane.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either Gentiva Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, Ga. 39819 or to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 265, Blakely, Ga. 39823.