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Marjorie Henegar Smith, 90

Ninety-year-old Marjorie Henegar Smith died Saturday morning, June 29 at Webb House in Smithville.
Funeral services were held July 2 at First Baptist Church in Smithville. Rev. Rick Roberts officiated and burial was in DeKalb County Memorial Gardens. 
She was a Warren County native and preceded in death by her parents John Bernard and Sally Stroud Henegar of McMinnville; her husband Jack Coleman Smith Sr. of Smithville; two sisters Dora Hayden Norris and Betty Jo Phillips of McMinnville.
Survivors include four sons Jack Smith and wife Linda and Jim Smith and wife Joye of Lexington, Ky., Tyree Smith and wife Joyce of McMinnville and Karl Smith and wife Pam of Nicholasville, Ky.; a daughter, Keely Hogan and husband Tim of Nolensville; and a sister Sarah Moore of McMinnville; 12 grandchildren Leah Jones, Jennifer Smith, Marta Scroggin, Jason Smith, Nathan Smith, Alan Smith, Ryan Smith, Mandy  Rawls, Jonathan Smith, Kathryn Maupin, Cole Hogan and Solomon Smith; and 21 great-grandchildren.
“Miss Margie” as she was affectionately called, was well known and loved for her smile, magnetic personality and incredible life of service to her Lord, family, and community.
Except for a short time when she moved to Franklin, Tennessee, she was a faithful member of First Baptist Church (FBC) in Smithville for nearly 70 years. Her service there included many years as a teacher of the Beginners Sunday School Class for children. She was a leader in the GA’s (Girls in Action) program at FBC. She was an active member of the Women’s Missionary Union and the church choir.
Before she moved from Smithville to Franklin in 2000, FBC honored her with a “Marjorie Smith Day” at the church which included special recognition during the service, a presentation of roses and a luncheon in her honor following the service.
While her service at church was broad in scope, “Miss Margie” birthed a letter writing ministry in her home that, years later, was praised by a host of college students.  When high school seniors from her church and community graduated and moved to the difficult college life, she would write each one personal letters of encouragement and support. She did this each month for everyone on her list, and over the course of time wrote hundreds of individual letters. 
When she moved to Franklin, “Miss Margie” joined Woodmont Baptist Church and quickly became involved as a group leader in her Sunday school class.
On moving back to Smithville in 2007, she returned her church membership to First Baptist where it remained until her death.
Hundreds were on hand during visitation for “Miss Margie” and many had their own favorite story of her special love and dedication. One lady summed up the long list of accolades by saying, “If there is such a thing as an angel on earth, it was "Miss Margie.”
But maybe the best words we could share about “Miss Margie” were actually written by her and found tucked inside her Bible. The handwritten note to herself simply read, “Help me remember that each day I’m not just walking through life, but preparing for eternity.”
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home of Smithville was in charge of the arrangements.
Smithville, TN
July 3, 2013

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