Elainia Smith

Elainia Smith (York)

Monday, March 6th, 1967 - Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
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Elainia York Smith, age 53 of Clarkesville, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Born in Toccoa, Georgia on March 6, 1967 to Bobby and Beatrice Chitwood York of Clarkesville. She was the director of special education at Woodville Elementary and worked in the Habersham County School System for 21 years. Mrs. Smith graduated from Habersham Central in 1985 and obtained her masters/ specialist degree from Piedmont College. She had a love and passion for children like no other having hosted 3 exchange students, two from Germany and one from South Korea. Mrs. Smith was active in the community, having been involved with Foothills of North Georgia, EMMAUS, Woodmen of the World and anything to do with children. She was a member of Cool Springs Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Edward Smith.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Ethan McKlain Smith of Clarkesville; special cousin, Adelaide Loudermilk; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A drive by funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Cool Springs Methodist Church with Rev. Garvis Kinsey and Rev. Steve McIntyre officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will have a drop-in visitation from 12 noon until 5 pm on Friday at the funeral home.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 8th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Friday, May 8th, 2020 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
    175 Vfw Post Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 9th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, May 9th, 2020 2:00pm
    Cool Springs Methodist Church
    Cool Springs Road
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    Rev. Garvis Kinsey
    Rev. Steve McIntyre
  • Interment

    Cool Springs Methodist Church
    Cool Springs Road
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Jill Maxwell

Posted at 02:55pm
Elainia will always hold a special place in my heart. She was such an inspiration to me and many others. Her love and dedication to her family was like no other. Elainia has touched many lives in Habersham and surrounding counties. I am blessed to have known such a special lady. I will continue to lift all of you up in thoughts and prayers.

Sandy Wheeler

Posted at 01:25am
I am so sorry for you loss. Elainia was such a sweet person. I knew her at Fairview Elem. when she was a little girl and watched her grow into the special young woman that she became. She will be missed. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love, Sandy Wheeler

Peggy Burrell

Posted at 01:50pm
Elainia will be truly missed by all. May all of you find comfort and peace of mind in knowing that she is now home and resting in the comfort of God’s care and loving arms. My thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences are with you and your family.

Cynthia Carver

Posted at 12:12pm
I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Elainia at Woodville this past year. I didn't know her very well, but it was obvious her dedication to her work with children. It's obvious how much she was loved and will be missed. My prayers are with your family.

Delores Goss

Posted at 11:07am
I don't have to tell you what a wonderful person Elainia was because you already know that. I just don't know anyone who was more compassionate to children than Elainia. She just had a way of making them all feel important and special. She was so kind and caring to the children around her. We have lost a great warrior. She fought hard in her battles. There is a huge gap in so many places that someone will have to try to fill, but it will be difficult to do as well as she did. I have heard her testimony and believe according to that, she is in a much better place than we now. To the family, I have been praying for the comfort that only He can give. I love the picture!

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