RUTH BROWN SMITH
4/12/2006 (Publication Date)
April 3, 1923 - April 8, 2006
BALDWIN, GA - Ruth Brown Smith, age 83, of Baldwin, GA, died Saturday, Arpil 8, 2006 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Mrs. Smith was born on April 3, 1923 in Habersham County, GA to the late Randol and Lonie Lawrence Brown. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Shirley Day, Selma DiGloria, Mildred Morris and an infant sister,as well as brothers, Roy Brown, Herman Brown, and Hugh Brown.
Mrs. Smith was a 1942 graduate of Baldwin High School and a graduate of Toccoa Falls Institute with a 2 year business degree. Upon her graduation she was bookkeeper at the Toccoa Falls Institute from 1944 to 1951. Mrs. Smith was bookkeeper for the Jones Lumber Co., Huntsville, AL from 1951 to 1952 and was pricing clerk for John Deere Plow Co., Chamblee, GA, from 1952 to 1956. She was retired from the Habersham County Board of Education having done secretarial work at South Habersham Junior High School from 1974 to 1989. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Habersham Retired Educators Association. She was a member of the Broad River Baptist Church.
Survivors include the following: her husband of 49 years, George Clayton Smith, Baldwin, GA; her children: Daniel James Smith, Central, SC; Rebecca Smith Purcell, Mt.. Airy, GA; Samuel Clayton Smith, Lynchburg, VA; Philip Mark Smith, Baldwin, GA; sister: Emma Brown Patten, Lakeland, GA; brother: Bruce Brown, Mt. Airy, GA; grandchildren: Abigail, Caleb and Hannah Purcell; Kendra, Logan, Kayla, and Haddon Smith; Jessica and Addison Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2006 from the Broad River Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Purcell, Rev. Connie Berry, and Rev. Ray Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2006. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gideon's International, PO Box 195, Baldwin, GA 30511 or to Broad River Baptist Church, 306 Ferguson Road, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Those wishing to express condolences to the family may do so online by visiting www.whitfieldfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, Georgia.
Ruth provided a wonderful story about her life in the LRWMA which is in the book Life Along the Middle Broad River. To read Ruth's story, go to: Ruth Brown Smith and Randol Brown
Mother(Ruth Brown Smith) went to heaven at 5:29pm today, April 8, 2006. All her children were present at the event. We all experienced a great peace as we saw her draw her last breath and realized she was at that moment entering the presence of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. I read John 11:25-27 at the foot of her bed just after she passed. We praise God for the great reunion she has had with so many she knew and for the joy she is currently and will forever be experiencing. The event was really and truly a time of rejoicing for us all. We wish we could see what she sees now, but we know we will too in time. Upon entering the presence of God, the natural beauty of Mother's face shown through as the suffering of this life ceased.
We visited Daddy's bedside again after Mother's passing. He is still under sedation. He is slowly progressing, but with kidneys that are not yet working properly. Please continue to pray for him.
Mother's funeral will be at Broad River Baptist Church on Sat. April 15, the day before Resurrection Day.
Visitation will be on Friday, April 14 at Whitfield Funeral Home in Baldwin, Georgia. Specific visitation times and the time of the funeral have not yet been set.
Daddy will not be able to go to the funeral and will likely not even know of Mother's passing until sometime afterwards. Please pray for us as we learn from God how to tell him. His doctor says that telling him too early could be detrimental to his health in the state he is in.
Please pray for us and for Daddy's complete healing.
Love in CHRIST,whose lovely face my Mother has already seen,
Adoring son of Ruth Brown and Clayton Smith
John 11:25-26 -- 'Jesus said... I am the resurrection, and
the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.