Sybil Smith

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 16, 2007

Services for Sybil Willis Smith, 91, of Vidalia, who died Saturday, April 14, 2007, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Vidalia with the Rev. Dan Glenn officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Natchez under the direction of Laird’s Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 tonight at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.

Mrs. Smith was born Oct. 18, 1915, in Columbia County, Ark., the daughter of Lee and Lucinda Willis. She was one of nine children. She was a amember of First Baptist Church of Vidalia, where she was active in many areas. She also participated in the Easter Star organization and the Friendship Homemakers club. Her major occupation was a homemaker, and she worked part time for the Council on Aging.

She was blessed with eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Mrs. Smith’s loving heart, gentle spirit and positive attitude are just a few of the many qualities that she possessed. She will be greatly missed and will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Spurgeon Smith; her parents; and siblings, Ima Emerson, Gordon Willis, Vesta Haynes, I’Dell Taylor, Ira Lee Willis and Goldie Willis.

Survivors include her children, Willis “Billy Mack” Smith and wife, Lois, of Natchez, Alpha Jo Reed of Houston, Texas and Randall Smith and wife, Amie, of Denver, Co.; sister, Gloria Willis Houck of Ridgecrest; brother, Darrell Willis of Yanceyville; grandchildren, Jack Reed Jr. of Simpson, La., James Reed of Seabrook, Texas, Cindy Smith of Pensacola, Fla., Sheryl Payen of Wildwood, Texas, Georgina Reed of Pasadena, Texas, Holly Smith-Eady of Mount Juliet, Tenn., and Garrett Smith and Addie Smith, both of Denver Co.

Pallbearers include family members and friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Barry Tillman, the staff at Natchez Regional Medical Center and the staff of Camelot Leisure Living for all of the wonderful care shown to our beloved mother and grandmother.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First Baptist Church of Vidalia.