A Rome couple who celebrated 70 years together as man and wife in January have died just three days apart. Mrs. Jo Gray Smith, 90, passed away Wednesday. On Sunday, her “sweetheart,” Charles R. “Snook” Smith, died at age 91.
The Smiths will be buried today following a joint funeral service set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Salmon Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery
Mrs. Jo Gray Smith, age 90, of Rome, GA, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
A native of Rome and Floyd County, Jo was born May 6, 1929, a daughter of the late Henry Clay Gray, Sr., and Dillie Wilkie Moore Gray. She graduated from Model High School in 1948 with her sweetheart, Charles R. “Snook” Smith. They were married on January 14, 1949, and were together for over 70 years before he passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019. Three days later, Jo joined him in Heaven.
She was a homemaker and housewife who loved cooking, sewing and fishing. Jo cherished the times she could spend with family and especially at Snook’s side. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, Raymond Gray, Henry Clay Gray Jr., Robert Gray, Curtis Gray, Frank Gray, Wayne Gray and Buster Gray, and three sisters, Thelma Sullins, Betty Sanders and Louise Farrer.
Jo and Snook are survived by two daughters, Janet Smith (special friend, Dudley Rush), and Susan (Tommy) Stephens; two grandchildren, Richard J. “Richie” (Alice) Stephens and Lisa (Nathan) Faircloth; three great-grandchildren, Arielle Faircloth, Natalie Faircloth and Clara York. A host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends also survive.
Funeral services for Jo and her husband, Snook, will be held Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Salmon Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Ken Freshour and grandson, Richie Stephens officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery with Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 Honor Guard of the American Legion conferring graveside rites for Snook.
The family will receive friends at Salmon Funeral Home Saturday from noon until 2 p.m.
Pallbearers are asked to meet at the funeral home Saturday by 1:30 p.m. and include Tommy Gray, Michael Jackson, Frank Gray Jr., Bill Atkins and Cody Franklin.
Mr. Charles Richard “Snook” Smith, age 91, of Rome, GA, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 30, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Smith was born in Calhoun, GA, on April 6, 1928, a son of the late Lawrence Barton Smith and Lois Eunice Woods Smith. He had been a resident of Rome and Floyd County the greater part of his life and was a 1948 graduate of Model High School. He had served in the United Sates Marine Corp Reserve.
Prior to retirement, “Snook” was associated with General Electric of Rome for many years. He was a devout member of Shannon United Methodist Church and a member of the Rome Woodcarving Club. “Snook” loved camping and fishing and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. He enjoyed watching old western television shows especially Gunsmoke. “Snook” was an humble man who was excellent at woodcarving, and he never thought of himself as the master artist he really was. In addition to his parents, Mr. Smith was preceded in death by two sisters, Sarah Thomas and Charlotte Carnes, and two brothers, Harrison Smith and Edgar Smith.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers are asked to meet at the funeral home Saturday by 1:30 p.m. and include Michael Carnes, Bruce Carnes, Dennis Thomas, Nathan Faircloth, Richard Stephens, Leroy Taylor, Tommy Stephens, Dudley Rush, Alan Byars and the Men’s Sunday School Class from Shannon United Methodist Church.