Rose Mary “Peaches” Smith, daughter of the late Walter and Ola Mae Smith, born on June 2, 1960 in Baxley, died Thursday, March 22, 2012. She grew up in Appling County. Her fellowship with Christ began at First African Missionary Baptist Church, Baxley, where she was a member of the Singles Ministry and a very proud member of the Total Adoration Praisers (TAP). Rose Mary “Peaches” also had the same love and commitment for the Family and Friends Day Rally as her father. She was educated in the Appling County public schools where she graduated in 1978. Peaches continued her education at South Georgia College in Douglas. The two loves of her life were her children, Brian and Amy. Ms. Smith was employed by Alco in Hazlehurst for many years and later she became a dedicated employer of Fred’s Dollar Store where she worked until her health failed. The joys and pleasures of her life were her children, sisters, brothers, relatives and friends of whom God had given her. In addition to her parents, a sister, Barbara A. Johnson and a brother, Elder Norman J. Smith, also preceded her in death.
Survivors include one daughter, Amy M. McDew; one son, Brian M. Smith; three sisters, Elaine (Kelly) Moody of Baxley, Mary A. (Edward) Watson of Clinton, S.C. and Carolyn Jones of Baxley; three brothers, Charles E. (Chae) Smith and Adrian (Rosario) Smith of Hinesville; Walter L. Smith of Claxton; one sister-in-law, Katrina Smith of Windsor Hill, MD; three aunts, Louella McTier and Helen Davis of Baxley and Gloristeen Shaw of Ft. Myers, FL; two uncles, Ben (Hester) Smith of Baxley and Maxwell Williams of Ft. Myers, FL; one great-uncle, Nathaniel Richardson of Detroit, MI; a devoted neighbor and friend, Sarah A. Ryals; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.
Funeral services were held at 12 o’clock noon Wednesday, March 28 at First African Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor J. M. Blair officiating. Interment followed in Old Field Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Baxley.
Active pallbearers were Gary Smith, Janos Nails, Gene Smith, Lorenzo Brookins, Lionel Gibbs and Jamie Nails.
Honorary pallbearers were Total Adoration Praisers (TAP), and the ACCHS Class of 1978.
Arrangements were under the direction of Baxley Funeral Home.