DIED: 17 October 2014
Juanita B. Smith of Leesburg passed from this life and into the next on Friday, October 17 at 11:20am. She was 87. She was born in Decatur, Illinois to Ephraim and Hazel Bailey. Jesus Christ was her Lord and Savior.
Married for 61 years to Claud Smith, Jr. (who passed in 2007), this loving wife and mother served faithfully beside her husband, singing duets and creating Music Ministries in churches in Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. She was an amazing hostess, cook, seamstress and was known for her ability to make very little go a very long way.
During her life on this earth, Juanita danced on a train for George M. Cohan, designed her own clothes when she was a teenager, mastered the secretarial skills of shorthand and typing, started her own Kindergarten and helped get her husband and children through college (with only a high school education). The complete results of her influential life will never truly be known this side of Heaven.
She was dearly loved, will be greatly missed and never forgotten by those whose lives she touched. Survivors include: Her daughter and son-in-law, Claudia and Ron Henderson (from Sylvester, GA) Her son, Claud Smith, III (from Orlando, FL) ,Her sister, Beverly Davis (from Alton, IL), Her grandson, Craig Henderson (from East Point, GA), Nephews and great nieces / nephews in Illinois