Celebrating the life of
Jean Clark Smith
July 23, 1937 - February 01, 2022
Jean Clark Smith joined the Church Triumphant and was reunited with her family on February 1, 2022.
Jean was born on July 23, 1937, to Alfred and Margie Clark in Columbus, GA. While her dad was in the Army, Jean lived in Tokyo, Japan, as a child. After graduating from Jordan High School in Columbus, Jean married Donald Clyde Smith, who adored her.Jean and Don were married 53 years when Don died in 2008.
During Don’s career with Eastern Airlines, he and Jean lived in Columbus, Peachtree City, and Savannah. While in Columbus, Jean worked for Burnham’s and then two churches, Cascade Hills Baptist and Mt. Zion Baptist. In Savannah, Jean was employed by Haverty’s Furniture and as an insurance adjuster for USF&G.
Jean was a faithful and longtime member of Compassion Christian Church. At Compassion, Jean volunteered every week and manned the Welcome Desk on Sundays. She also volunteered as a Pink Lady at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Jean was known for her sunny disposition, kindness to others, Christian spirit, and her calming energy.
She enjoyed traveling. One of Jean’s favorite trips was going to the Holy Land with her daughter, Sheila.
At home, Jean enjoyed looking at the hydrangeas Don planted for her outside the kitchen window, walking with her dogs, sewing, monogramming, and crocheting. Jean enjoyed reading; especially Jane Austin novels, and those written by her friend, Rene Ryan, who dedicated a book to her.
Jean and Don were devoted grandparents to their five grandchildren, and relished spending time with them. When two of her grandsons were deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, she mailed them a steady stream of care packages and letters. She and Don always welcomed family for visits and overnight stays. One of Jean’s greatest joys was having her children and grandchildren join her after church for Sunday lunch.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Sheila Vittitow; son, Gary L. Smith; and a brother, Randall Clark.
She leaves wonderful memories to be cherished by her sister, Nancy Allen (Doyle) of Thomaston; daughter-in-law, Pam Smith; and grandchildren, Brian Smith, Regan Smith, Daniel Vittitow, Erick Vittitow, and Alex Vittitow (Martha); a niece and five nephews.
The family would like to thank Jean’s caregivers at Sunabella Memory Care Community and Sun Care Hospice for the kindness and care given to Jean.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Compassion Christian Church, 55 Al Henderson Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419; or Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Drive, Savannah, GA 31406; or Ferst Readers, 237 N. 2nd Street, Madison, GA 30650.
Graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2022 in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Our sincerely sympathies to Jean's grandchildren and their families, also to Nancy & Doyle and their family. Jean has left such good memories of her kindness and compassion for others. Our love and prayers to all... (Wayne & Judy, Buzz, Laura, Caroline, Claire, Derrick, Lindsey & Daniel).
- Judith Allen, Carrollton, Georgia
I enjoyed the little time I was able to spend with Jean. I hope that she is eating all the chocolate she wants in heaven! ❤
- Joyce Crowder McBride, Savannah, GA
Really gonna miss hanging with her. So many pictures and memories we shared.
- Lavetra King, Savannah, GA
We send our sincere condolences to Jean's family. Jean was our dearly beloved neighbor and friend for over forty years. She was a lovely lady. Carlton and I miss her so much. May God grant peace to her family in their time of sorrow. RIP Jean. Ruth West
- Ruth and Carlton West, Savannah , GA
Jean was a sweet and thoughtful individual and neighbor. I will miss her. My sympathy to her family.
- Melinda Elkins, Savannah, Ga
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Graveside Service
- 12:00 p.m. on Sat, February 19, 2022
- Forest Lawn Memory Gardens
315 Greenwich Road (map)
Savannah GA 31404