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Charlotte Virginia Wimberly Smith, 81, of Tifton, formerly of McRae, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at her home in Tifton. Services for Charlotte will be on Monday, February 6 at 3 o'clock at the McRae United Methodist Church in McRae. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Pastor Jason Dickerson will officiate, assisted by Hank Steverson of the Christian Family Life Center in Soperton, Ga. Pallbearers will be William Dopson, Paul Harper, Kevin Kirby, Tommy Manus, Charles Mathis, Jake Mullis, Eddie Selph and Lawrence Spires. Tonya Steverson of Dublin will be a soloist. Interment will follow the services in the Oak Grove Cemetery in McRae-Helena.
Born November 26, 1935 to the late Ezekial Jenkins Wimberly and Helen Domingos Wimberly of Jeffersonville, Charlotte was a graduate of Twiggs County High School and Emory University in Atlanta. Following graduation, she taught school for one year in the Bibb County school system. She then moved to McRae in 1959, becoming the bride of the late Thomas Robert 'Bob' Smith for the next 51 years. She was a homemaker and mother to four daughters and enjoyed sewing, making many clothes for her daughters and herself. She also had a strong love for the Lord that she shared with her children as they grew up, and then with many others who became her 3rd grade students in her Sunday School class at the McRae United Methodist Church where she was also a member. She was actively serving until she suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage in 1989 at the age of 53. Given 48 hours to live at the time of the stroke, she continued to live past the 2 days expected but with a grim prognosis of a comatose state that she was not expected to wake up from. Six months later she slowly regained consciousness, entered Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital in Macon, and spent the next 6 months in intensive physical, speech and occupational therapy. She then came back home and with the help of her husband and daughters, struggled to cope with the enormous challenges before her. For the next 20 years she lived at home, until Bob's health began to fail and the two moved to Tifton in 2009 to be closer to their daughters. After Bob's death in 2010, Charlotte remained in a Tifton nursing home for the next 2 years. In 2012, she met Freida Hall, and because of her, she spent her last years in a 'home-like' environment, cared for and loved 24/7 by her 'earthly angels.' Freida Hall, Missy Fletcher, and Hannah Jager were more than her caregivers, they, along with their families, became an extension of her family.
In addition to her parents, Charlotte was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Thomas Robert 'Bob' Smith, on August 5, 2010. She is survived by her daughters and their spouses: Virginia (Allen) Kirby of Milledgeville, Carolyn (Hank) Mullis of Tifton, Frances Rehl of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Barbara Wells of Tifton. Seven grandchildren also survive: Jennifer Kirby, Kevin Kirby, Ashley (Sean) Coleman, Brooke Steverson, Hollie Mullis, Jake Mullis and Bailey Wells. Her brother, E.J.Wimberly, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida also survives.
The family would like to thank Southern Care Hospice, Ga. Home Health, and Dr. Raymond Moreno, along with his nurses Michelle and Catrina, for their love and care for 'Miss Charlotte' in her final years.
Please express your online condolences at lowesfunerahome.net Lowe's Funeral Home in McRae-Helena has charge of arrangements.
Published on February 3, 2017
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