Ms. Marie "Ree" Smith died July 8. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Carl (Josie) Smith, she was born in 1943. She was educated in the Jasper County School System. The first member of the Smith family to be awarded a college degree, Ms. Smith earend a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Albany State College. After graduation, she taught business educations classes in Cairo and in the Jasper County School System, Beloved by her students, Ms. Smith was a dedicated teacher, striving each day to reach her goal of individual pupil achievement. She was preceded in death by sister Yvonne Smith.
Surviving are sisters Wyenna (Alphonso) Camp, Julia (Archie) Lynch, Delories Elaine Miller, Janice Smith, Elsie Harris; aunts Rozie Smith, Rose Roberts; uncle Thomas Smith; a host of nieces and nephews; cousins Sherry Smith, Bernard (Stephanie) Smith, Rosetta Smith, Betty Shields, Joyce Durden; a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. July 12 at Rock Spring Missionary Baptist Church, Mansfield, with the Rev. Jimmy Hall officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.