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Posted: December 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Jeanne M. Smith

Lord & Stephens East

Jeanne M. Smith, 84, of Covington passed away on Dec. 13 of complications from heart surgery. The youngest child and only daughter of Mae and Ward Robertson, she was born in 1924 in Batavia, Ill. Mrs. Smith had three brothers Gerald, Wallace and Richard. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hampton Smith (1920 - 1969) and her daughter Melinda Eudy (1952 - 1994).

She attended the University of Illinois and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in English. She married Hampton Smith in 1951 in Illinois. They lived in many parts of the country as Hampton pursued a career as an analytical chemist. Their residences included Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Savannah, Atlanta and Covington. Mrs. Smith resided in Covington for the past 40 years.

Mrs. Smith had several careers, including English professor and real estate agent and worked for many years at the Covington News as the advertising manager and wrote articles for the paper. She was an active reader and writer and had several works published in magazines and greeting cards. She was active member and former elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, the Covington Garden Club, Covington Woman's Club, bridge clubs and Seniors Bingo and served on the Covington Library Board.

Surviving are Wade and Delores Smith of Greer, S.C., Duane and Pam Smith of Bogart, Rod and Jane Smith of Duluth and Dan Eudy of West Hartford, Conn.; grandchildren Caroline Eudy, Hampton Smith, Catherine Eudy, Meredith Eudy, Zachary Smith, Mitchell Smith, Grace Smith, and Luke Smith; great-grandchild Nolan; and numerous friends and extended family throughout the country.

Her wish was to be cremated. The family requests that instead of flowers, donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Covington or her favorite charity The Salvation Army in her memory. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the Covington community for their support and friendship to their Mother. "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival," C. S Lewis.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church of Covington. The family will greet friends after the service.


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