Mrs. Ethel Lee Smith was born on September 6, 1929, in Goodwater Alabama to the late Ruben Thomas and the late Fannie Mae Thomas Lawler. She was called to be with the Lord on July 31, 2021. She was surrounded by family and her heart was content and at peace. Her fight was no longer needed. She accepted Christ at an early age and lived her life for Christ thereafter. She shared her faith in the Lord and her love for the Lord with everyone. She was a faithful member of The Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church in Sylacauga Alabama where she also served as the head of the kitchen until she was unable to continue in those duties. Two awards hanging on the wall at home signified her dedication to church and the community. One award was for Outstanding Service to The Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, the other award was for her dedication as an Assistant Counselor to the Rushing Springs District Matrons. There are countless more accolades unmentioned here that can attest to how great a person Mrs. Ethel was. Aside from working in the church, she was an excellent homemaker. She was devoted to her family. One of her favorite things to do was cook and bake. Everyone eagerly waited for the delicious meals she prepared at home and at church. Each person she knew and met was so fortunate to have had an encounter with her at some point during her 91years and 11 months here on earth. She was an earth’s gem, and now she is a Heavens angel.
Mrs. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband Mr. David Smith, Sr. Her parents Ruben Thomas and Fannie Mae Thomas Lawler. Two, daughters, Francis Garrett (Rev. Raymond Garrett) and Barbara Duffey (O.C. Duffey). Two sons, David “June Bug” Smith, Jr., and Billy “Roebuck” Smith. Two sisters, Clenzell Hogan (Repter, deceased) and Emma Breedlove (Willie, deceased). One brother, Robert “Pie Man” Thomas. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, three sisters, Clara Griffin (L.D.), Ida Hale (Doris, deceased) and Anna B. Stephen (Jan, deceased). Two daughters, Cathy Jeanetta Smith & Connie Embry (Ronnie, deceased). Three sons, Michael Smith (Carla), Leon Smith (Pam), and Ronnie Smith (Dinese). She also leaves in memory a host of grandchildren, great and great- great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.
Mrs. Ethel’s dedication to her family and community was seen and felt everyday of her life. She was a God fearing, loving, caring, and compassionate woman who took pride in being a wife to her late husband David Smith, Sr. and raising her children and grandchildren. She was well respected and set the bar to what Christian living should resemble. She was by definition and example a virtuous woman. Mrs. Ethel was the epitome of greatness, wholesomeness, and was extremely blessed. She was highly favored by the Lord, and that “Favor” resonated through tremendous blessings showered among a huge family mourning this loss of a remarkable human being. Her legacy will never cease, her memory will never fade, and her love will endure a lifetime. We will miss you, is an understatement, but we simply thank you for the memories that will last forever, the happiness that surrounded you, and love that you gave unconditionally. We thank you for the advice, comfort, and warmth that filled rooms as well as hearts. May God bless your soul, and rest well until we meet again. We love you!
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