A service to remember the life of Ms. Esther Smith was held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating were Richard Gasser and Charles Vaughn. Interment followed at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Minden. The family received friends from noon Saturday until service time.
Esther was born March 6, 1923, in Ringgold and entered into rest May 29, 2014, in Bossier City. Mama was a wonderful Christian lady who spent much of her time reading her Bible. She was a devoted wife, who adored her husband and a mamaw who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and loved working in her flower beds as long as her health permitted. A strong woman of faith who always saw the good in people and prayed continually for her family and friends.
Just one of her favorite verses was 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rich and Vera McGinty; her husband, Lannie Smith; children, Carolyn Smith Fuller and Rhevis Cooper Smith; sister, Mary Ruth Hicks and daughter-in-law Ruth Hickman Smith.
She is survived by her son, Lynwood Smith; daughter, Teresa Smith Cockrell and husband, Sam; grandchildren, Tony Smith and wife, Beverly, Kathy Cashio and husband, Joe, Donnie Fuller and wife, Debra, Mona Miller and husband, Steven, Lisa Balkom and husband, Kenny and Sarah Smith.
She had 10 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; sister, Faye McGinty Gordon; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers were Tony Smith, Donnie Fuller, Colby Fuller, Sam Cockrell, Kevin Smith and Lyn Sinclair.
Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Balkom and Steven Miller.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church children's ministry, the music ministry fund or donor's choice.
The family wishes to thank Professional Home Health and especially Donna Harbour and Julie Burks for taking care of Mrs. Smith. Also thanks to the FBC Homebound ministry visitors Jenetta Doseff and Jeannine Miller for visiting and sharing their love of Christ together.