Georgia Faye Smith

Georgia Smith

Beautiful Memories of Georgia Faye Smith’s earthly journey are etched in the minds of all who know and love her. And oh, what a wonderful journey it was. She made a mighty impact during her 83 years of life. She will always be remembered for her gracious noble spirit, kind heart and beautiful smile. Her friendly persona endeared her to many people throughout her life span.

On November 15, 1936, God bestowed upon this earth a wonderful gift in the form of a precious baby girl, Georgia Faye Payne, born to Willie and Veatrice Payne in Arcadia Louisiana. She was a joy to her family. She grew up in loving home where she was taught values and the importance of family. She embodied family values that she would carry throughout her life. She received her primary and secondary education through the Arcadia Public School System. During her high school years, she was an outstanding basketball player making her a vital member of the team. She definitely left her mark on the Class of 1954. She was a studious graduate; culminating her high school years on May 28, 1954.

Georgia was lovingly called “Boozie” by family and friends. As a young woman she met a handsome young man, Herbert Jessie Smith they fell in love and became husband and wife on June 16, 1956. They remained as one for fifty-one years until the Lord called him home. They were inseparable, they made their home in Texas. She graduated from nursing school on December 3, 1970. She would embark upon her new nursing career; the high calling of caring became a way of life for Georgia as she established her roots as a nurse during her tenure in the medical profession. She proved that nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription. During her   assignment at Galveston County Memorial Hospital she administered excellent care to every patient she joyfully encountered. Because of her leadership and valuable work ethic she became a Charge Nurse. She finished her professional career as a Charge Nurse at College Park Nursing Facility. After thirty-eight years of giving matchless service she retired on December 11, 2008.

Georgia was a noble woman that reflected God’s love. She was a faithful member of Westward Church of Christ. She worked on various committees and ministries within the church. She cherished spending time with her family and friends. She had a big heart and anyone who truly knew her had to love her. She always had a smile and warm hugs for her family. If you were feeling down, she would have a word of inspiration for you. If you were happy, she would celebrate your happiness right along with you. Her listening ear was a calm relief during times of discomfort. She was a strong woman who overcame many obstacles in her life. She drew strength daily from reading God’s Holy Word. She knew no matter what she faced in life; God was on her side. Her beautiful and radiant spirit will live on in the hearts of all that love her.

The Sun did not set on the Life of Georgia Faye Payne Smith on May 13, 2020, but rather it shined and danced across the blue sky. The chapters of her earthly life ended, and her heavenly life began anew. She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Veatrice Payne; beloved husband, Herbert Jessie Smith; siblings, Jewell Samuel Payne, Joe Louis Payne, Arteria Collins, Dora Dean Payne, Ruthie Mae Payne, Norma Lee Meyers and  Willie Veatrice Payne.

She exemplified the virtuous woman in her daily life and her fragrance of love and devotion will always remain in the hearts of her family, her son, Herbert A. Smith (Stacey); her daughter, Carolyn Mixson-Joiner; grandchildren, Steven Simmons (Octavia), Craig Mixson (Renita), Latrina Mixson, Latoya Shinette, Antonio Smith, and Antione Smith (Laterika); 12 great-grandchildren,  6 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Jean Simmons,  Joyce  Jeanette Wiggins (Ceotis), Doyce Larnette Payne, and Sherry Ann Youmans ( Floyd); many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. 

There will be apublic visitation held on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 9am with a chapel service to begin at 11am.  Services will be held at Carnes Funeral Home located 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, Texas 77591.  Burial to follow at Hayes Grace Cemetery in Santa Fe, Texas.