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Garth Irwin Smith

Garth Irwin Smith

Tuesday, March 26th, 1935 - Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

Garth Irwin Smith, age 85 of Mt. Airy, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020.

Born in Toronto-Ontario, Canada, on March 26, 1935, he was a son of the late Arthur William Smith and Edris Josephine Stone Smith. Mr. Smith was a retired technician with the former Baycor now Ten Cate. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia where he enjoyed the Saints and Sinners Sunday school class. Mr. Smith enjoyed bee keeping, fishing and playing the trumpet and guitar in his spare time.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Sandy Rackoski Smith; brothers, Warren Smith and Stuart Smith.

Surviving are his wife, Sue Payne Smith of Mt. Airy; son and daughter-in-law, David Smith (Sherry) of Cleveland; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Heath (Bill) of Bremen, Diane Izzard (Bill) of Crescent City, Florida; step daughters, Janet Payne and Sharon Usher both of Warner Robins; sisters, Lynette Doolen and Edris Gillet both of Wisconsin; grandchildren and spouses, Christie McLean (Joe), Stephanie Rhinehart (Adam), William Heath (Amanda), Sandy Walker (Stephen); step grandchildren and spouses, Seina Darcey (Tim), Christina Thompson (Andrew) and Eliza Usher; great grandchildren, Reagan Rhinehart, Will Heath, Belle Heath, Becca Heath, Brennan Darcey and Havan Darcey; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are scheduled for 11 am, Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia with grandson, Rev. William Heath and Rev. Andy Chambers officiating. A private inurnment will be held at Level Grove Cemetery. For those not able to attend, the service will be live streamed from the Frist Presbyterian Church of Cornelia Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/First-Presbyterian-Church-of-Cornelia-GA-142221962501929.

For those in attendance, there will be a brief time of fellowship following the service on Saturday at the church.

Those in attendance are reminded to follow social distancing and public health guidelines regarding COVID-19.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia, P.O. Box 165, Cornelia, GA 30531.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is in charge of arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, August 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, August 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia
    Address
    469 North Main Street
    P.O. Box 165
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    For those in attendance, there will be a brief time of fellowship following the service on Saturday at the church. Those in attendance are reminded to follow social distancing and public health guidelines regarding COVID-19. For those not able to attend, the service will be live streamed from the Frist Presbyterian Church of Cornelia Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/First-Presbyterian-Church-of-Cornelia-GA-142221962501929.
    Officiant
    Rev. Andy S. Chambers
    Co-Celebrant
    Rev. William Heath
  • Interment

    Location
    Level Grove Cemetery
    Address
    Level Grove Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Dianne Gallagher

Posted at 05:12pm
So sorry to hear of Garth's passing. He was a good person and friend to all he met. Our condolences to Sue and the son and daughters of your families that we taught at SHMS. Thinking of you in our prayers. Richard & Dianne Gallagher
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Juanita Velasco

Posted at 06:49am
I was so sorry to hear of Garth's death. We shared a long list of memories and memorable times with our spouses.
Juanita Velasco
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Terry Kingsmill

Posted at 02:19pm
So sad to learn of my cousin's passing. A life well lived. My condolences to all his family and friends that are grieving his loss.
Terry Kingsmill
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David Baskin

Posted at 10:16pm
I offer my deepest condolences to each family member, in the passing of Garth. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. I have memories of working with Garth on numerous projects around the First Presbyterian Church in Cornelia, and the Mt. Airy Chapel. Garth always pitch in and carried more than his load. Garth, was a fan of the Atlanta Braves and I enjoyed going to games with him. He was an avid participant in our Sunday School Class. Garth would always accompany me to June P. house to assist, in helping her, with whatever task we were attempting to accomplish. I learned several things from Garth and I will miss him. I am thankful our paths crossed for a few years.
 
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Betty Matkowski Posted at 11:39pm

Susie and Diane, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was very special and was always there to help us. I will never forget the trips to the woods to help us find a Christmas tree and your Mom's brownies. My brother Wayne passed last Tuesday. I live in San Diego now and decided it wasn't safe to go through 2 large airports and a 5-hour flight. I watched the service with my two sons and their families. Technology has surely changed our world. Mama loved your parents and you were great neighbors. Debbie lives just outside of Gainesvelle. Her married name is Debbie Champlin. You can find me on FB. Betty Short Matkowski
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