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Our love and prayers surround the family of Shirley Smith who passed away Saturday, November 12, around 11:45 am.   

Visitation will be Monday from 12 to 2 at Hazlehurst First United Methodist Church.

The funeral service will be Monday  at 2 pm at Hazlehurst First United Methodist Church.

Ms. Shirley Lowery Elton Smith, age 85, of Hazlehurst, died Saturday, November 12, 2016 at her place of residence.

She was a native of Lumber City in Telfair County and was a resident of Hazlehurst for 37 years. She was the daughter of the late Vasco Alexander, Sr. and Annie Minton Rawlins Lowery of Lumber City and member of Hazlehurst First United Methodist Church, Friendship Sunday School Class. UMW Circle 2, Administrative Council and was co-coordinator of the Older Adult Ministries.

Educated in Lumber City schools, she earned her Associative of Arts Degree at Brewton Parker College in Mt. Vernon, her B.S. in Education at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, and her Masters of Education at Georgia Southwestern University in Americus. She taught in Wheeler, Telfair, Bibb, Chatham, and Jeff Davis Counties, where she retired after 33 years of teaching. She privately tutored for 20 years.

She served for three years as the Lay Representative for the Jeff Davis County Board of Education on the RESA Board of Control in Statesboro. She was a Jeff Davis County Instructor for the Substitute Teachers Workshop for several years. She was also a weekly volunteer for “Rolling Readers” at the Jeff Davis Primary School.

She was a member of the Jeff Davis Retired Educators Association and held life memberships with GAREA, GAE, and NEA. She was also a member of the Jeff Davis OES Chapter #402 in Hazlehurst.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, Joseph K. Smith of Decatur, her daughter, Mary Sue Day of Hazlehurst, brothers, Thomas R. Lowery of Lumber City, Vasco A. Lowery of Lumber City, and Pate C. Lowery of Waycross.

Survivors include one son, John H. (Lisa) Elton of Hazlehurst, one daughter, Hazel Ann (Tony) King of Baxley, five grandchildren, Shaun (Kathryn) Elton of Carrollton, Joni (Jeremy) Maybin of Mt. Vernon, Toni Maria (Billy) Bowers of Baxley, Alexander Day of Hazlehurst and Allison Day of Charleston, SC.

Also surviving are three sisters, Hilda L. Lindsey of Carrollton, TX, Ann L. Harris of Lumber City, Betty L. Lacey of Hazlehurst; sister-in-law Sue Lowery Welch of Toccoa; one brother, Charles Lowery of Macon, Several nieces and nephews also survived.

Visitation and Funeral Services will be held Monday, November 14, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, visitation from 12:00-2:00pm with Funeral beginning at 2:00pm with Rev. Josh Duckworth officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Lumber City.


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