Mrs. Charlotte Ann Bennett Smith, age 79, of Mershon, passed away early Sunday morning (5/23/21) at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross following an extended illness.
Born September 11, 1941 in Patterson, she was a daughter of the late Hugh Dorsey Bennett, Sr. and Georgie Griner Bennett. She lived all of her life in Pierce County and was a graduate of Patterson High School, where she was a star basketball player for the Patterson Eagles.
She was retired from SunTrust Bank in Waycross where she had worked in many different positions.
A member of Mershon Baptist Church, she attended the Senior Adult Sunday School Class, enjoyed singing with the choir, attended the WMU, served many years in the kitchen, and was faithful to always serve where needed.
She was well known for her Gourd Heads that were used to decorate the sidewalks of Blackshear for many fall days, her pecan and peanut brittle, as the cofounder of the Horseshoe Road Yard Sale, and for her many days of labor overseeing Ramah Cemetery and serving as the head of the cemetery committee. She also enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family and friends, and helping others when needed.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Beth Ann Raulerson; a brother-in-law, Billy Ritch; and nieces, Julie Ritch, Beth Bennett, and Georgiann Bennett.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Windell Smith of Mershon; 2 children, Kathy Paul (husband David) of Mershon and Kenny Smith (wife Melanie) of Greensboro, NC; 4 grandchildren, Jeb Raulerson of Blackshear, Peyton Smith (wife Brooke) of Zebulon, NC, Kennedy Smith of Greensboro, NC, and Logan Paul of Statesboro; 1 great grandchild, Rhett Raulerson and another expected in June; sister, Jackie Ritch of Mershon; brother, Hugh Bennett, Jr. (wife Genelda) of Mershon; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside funeral service will take place Monday evening (5/24/21) at 6 p.m. at Ramah Cemetery with Rev. Rozzie James and Rev. Mitch Hall officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ramah Cemetery Fund, In Memory of Charlotte Smith, 3434 West Horseshoe Road, Blackshear, GA 31516.
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Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
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