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Ms. Betty J. Smith, 66, of El Paso, Colorado and formerly of Albany, Georgia departed this life Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at her residence. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 20, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. from the Zion Hope Baptist Church, 426 Lumpkin Road, Leesburg, Georgia. Apostle Henry Holsey is the pastor and Rev. Henry Mathis will provide the eulogy. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Her remains will lie in state at the church Friday from 12:00 noon until the service hour. Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jean Willis Smithwas bornon May 2,1953, to the late Mary Willis & Aaron Cheatham in Albany, GA. She departed her life peacefully in her sleep surrounded by loved ones at home on March 3, 2020.She excepted Christ at 9 years old and truly lived her entire life spreading the word of God.She was a civil rights activist from an early age. She worked in the community helping all, no matter the need. She was extremely sincere and dedicated to making life better for others. She ran for the public offices of both, City Commissioner and State Representative.Many are who they are today because of her bull-headed determination and leadership style—always fighting for what’s right in all things especially for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. She continuously breathed greatness into the world. She is known for believing and supporting anyone who has a dream, little or small, of becoming the best of whatever their heart desires.She is survived by her five children:Chavelia Cecilia Carthen, Kenderson Aaron Hill, Iris Electa Smith, Nicole Noel Smith and Dominique Montel Smith; grandchildren, Brittany Malone, Demerious Milton, Sivan Collins, Kai Daniels, Anaya Daniels, Dy’Anna Luke, Mikayla Glenn, Zaniyah Glenn and Kamryn Glenn; five sisters and one brother,Barbara Willis, Clara Ross, Ola Dee Willis, Aaron Cheatham, Diana Willis, Authur Lee Willis; niece, Aduja Glenn; nephew, Kalonji Glenn; aunts, Bertha Mathis and Ann Joyner; first cousins, Rev. Henry Mathis, Tommy Lee Willis, and Angie Smith; and other relatives and friends.

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  • Friday, March 13, 2020
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