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Bessie “Jackie” Smith (6-6-21) service 6-27-21

Sept. 20, 1946 – June 6, 2021
Bessie Jacqueline “Jackie” Smith was born on Sept. 20, 1946, the fifth child of 10 children born to the late Elvin Lee and Virgie May Rose.
She departed this life on Sunday, June 6, at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 17 days.
Born and raised in Savannah, Jackie married the love of her life, Billy Gene Smith, on March 23, 1968. They worked together to raise seven children who will continue to honor both of their memories. Billy preceded Jackie in death on Dec. 17, 2008.
Mother to four daughters, two sons and one stepson; grandmother to 24, and great-grandmother to 11, Jackie was an incredible woman who always put her children and grandchildren ahead of her own needs.
Jackie was happiest when she was gathered around her kitchen table with family and friends enjoying her coffee and cigarettes. In her later years she traded the coffee for Red Bull. She loved being on the front porch, admiring her flowers, she had a special fondness for elephant ears and loved watching birds. Large family gatherings were always special especially those at the swimming pool. She loved music and she loved to dance.
Following her wishes there will be no funeral service. Family and friends will gather for a celebration of her life June 27, at Crump Community Center.
Jackie is survived by her six children including four daughters, Carline and Rick Guthrie, Crump; Demetric and Chad Gray, Savannah; Roxanna andDerek Cortez, Morris Chapel; Rose and Josh Pruett, Savannah; two sons, Billy Smith and Betty Stricklin, Savannah; Seneca and Marsha Smith, Savannah.
She is also survived by seven siblings – Virginia Qualls, Janie Spurgeon, Bobby, Larry, Jerry, Jimmy and Ronnie Rose.
In addition to her husband, Billy, Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, Elvin Lee and Virgie May Rose; two sisters, Roberta Fielder and Opal Jerrolds; and one stepson, Terry Smith.
In addition to her children, she will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren – Summer Hampton, Dayton Partain, Skye Partain; Corey Gray, Tristan Gray, Silas Gray, Acie Gray; Dustin Maness, Phoenix Cortez, Joslyn Cortez, Gavin Cortez; Ashton Austin, Aden Austin, Graci Pruett, Catalina Pruett, Daisy Pruett; Lauren Pettit, Gavin Smith, Karac Smith; Emma Smith, Phoebe Hampton, Corey Hampton, Chase Hampton; Lori Smith and great-grandchildren – Haylee Lowery, Bailey Thrasher, Kya Hampton, Jane Ann Malone, Beckett Malone, Jolene Adele Malone, Harper Maness, Bryson Gray, Peris Hampton; Julian Torres, Jetta Torres.
Jackie will be missed greatly but will live on in our hearts and memories forever. The family thanks everyone for your prayers.