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April 17, 2014

Jeffrey Dianne Waldrop Smith,

TIFTON — Jeffrey Dianne Waldrop Smith, 71, of Tifton died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals. The Rev. Stephen Webb and the Rev. Paula Lewis will officiate with burial to follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service at Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.

Mrs. Smith was born March 8, 1943 in Tift County and was the daughter of Felton Alvin and Georgia Anne Norman Waldrop, both deceased. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Mono "Buddy" Smith Jr., who died Nov. 24, 2013; and one son, Joseph Mono Smith III. She was a career educator; she taught high school English at Tiftarea Academy and middle school English and gifted education at Turner County Middle School. She was also a restaurant owner and caterer.  She received her bachelor's degree from Valdosta State University and her master's degree from the University of Georgia.  While attending Valdosta State University, she was president of Kappa Delta Sorority.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Dogwood Garden Club, where she was president of the local club and district and state chairman of special events.  She was also a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).  She was active at Tifton's First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Beacon Sunday school class and she helped prepare for Club 55. She grew up as a member of Trinity Methodist Church in Tifton, where she was president of the youth group, played the piano for church and taught Sunday school.

Mrs. Smith is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Monica Hart and Dr. David Hart of Amarillo, Texas; and one grandson, Jeremy Hart.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the online guest registry at www.bowen-donaldson.com. Services for the Smith family are under the care and direction of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.

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