Feb. 14, 1951 – April 3, 2019
FAYETTE— Services for Marilyn Smith, 68, of Fayette, who died Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at her residence in Jefferson County, will be 11 a.m. today at Bethesda Baptist Church in Fayette with the Rev. Al Weeks officiating.
Burial will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Franklin Funeral Home in Meadville.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today at the church.
Mrs. Smith was born Feb. 14, 1951, in Natchez, the daughter of John Morgan Buckels and Martha Brown Buckels.
She enjoyed caring for her babies at Little Blessings Day Care where she spent 23 years loving the kids as if they were her own. She enjoyed working in her yard caring for her flowers and lawn decorations. She loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to spend time riding around the family farm with her beloved husband. She was an avid shopper that could see a bargain a mile away. She was a loyal Ole Miss Rebel fan.
Smith was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, John Bennett Buckels and Larry Buckels; infant son, Joe K. Smith Jr.; and infant grandson, Riley Joe Smith.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Joe Smith; three daughters, Wendy Williams and husband, Phillip, and Felicia Smith, all of Fayette, and Kelly Swearingen and husband, Robby, of Oxford; six grandchildren, Luke Williams, Ramie Williams, Chase Bennett, Chelsea Bennett, Kaylee Smith and Hunter Smith; three great-grandchildren, Charlotte Bennett, Emma Bennett and Savannah Williams; and a number of family and friends.
Pallbearers will be Brice McWilliams, Josh Smith, Adam Purser, Luke Williams, Chase Bennett, Phillip Williams and Robby Swearingen.
The family requests memorials be made in her name to Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation, P.O. Box 520, Crystal Springs, MS 39059 or mtkfound.com.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at franklinfh.com.