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Janie Smith

June 14, 1937 ~ November 3, 2018 (age 81)
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Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel

Janie Smith

Tupelo-Janie Sue Hightower Smith was born to Leborn and Gladys May Hightower in Guin, Alabama on June 14, 1937.  She departed this life for the life eternal after a very brief illness at 2 am on  Saturday, November 3, 2018.  She graduated from Marion Co. High School and worked at Tombigbee Rural Electric Cooperative until she married Robert E. “Bob” Smith on February 8, l958.  They moved to Hopkinsville, KY and lived there 4 years before coming to Tupelo in l961 when Bob joined the Tennessee Valley Authority.   Janie chose to be a stay at home mom and wife and was involved in many community activities.  She was awarded the Jefferson Award for Community Service in 2012 which she cherished.  She was a very active member of St. Luke United Methodist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class.  She and Bob enjoyed many hobbies together such as gardening and growing and sharing beautiful flowers. Sharing these hobbies with 5 wonderful grandchildren were her greatest pleasures and joy.  She would gladly talk about the grandchildren, show their pictures and tell you they were her pride and joy.  She was lovingly known as Granny Smith by them and many friends and family were overjoyed when they had her signature Granny Smith tea cakes.  She and Bob agreed that they were a great pair and had a wonderful life together.

A Service of Death and Resurrection celebrating her life will be held at Noon Monday, November 5, 2018 at St. Luke United Methodist Church with her pastor, Rev. Rob Gill, officiating.  The committal will be private.  Visitation will be from 10:30 AM-service time on Monday only at St. Luke.  Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving the family.

Janie leaves behind her cherished family:  her husband of 60 years, Bob Smith of Tupelo; her son, Mike Smith (Carole) of Counce, TN.; daughter, Donna Jarrell of Tupelo.  Her grands: Michele Smith Black (Brad) of Huntersville, NC, Cindy Smith Lott (Matt) of Memphis, TN., Brian Smith of Chattanooga, TN, Lindy Carroll and Lacey Carroll both of Savannah, GA.  2 great grandchildren, Adam Black and Anna Black both of Huntersville, NC. 

The family requests that memorials be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1400 Clayton St., Tupelo, MS. 38801 or to Traceway Manor Senior Services, 2800 West Main St., Tupelo, MS. 38801.

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