Article from the Jacksonville News is reprinted here in its entirety.
By: Margaret Anderson
News Staff Writer
Even cancer couldn’t hamper
Carol Smith’s passion for living or her quest to help others.
In June, Carol went into the hospital for gallbladder surgery. That’s when
the cancer was discovered. She wasn’t given any hope. It had progressed to
several of her organs.
Shaken but not daunted, Carol went home and continued to live her life as a
friend and volunteer. She did so until the treatments and the disease slowed her
and she eventually lost her life Jan. 11 at NHC in Oxford.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist
Church. Rev. Bill Etheridge will officiate. The family will receive friends in
the parlor an hour before the service.
Carol’s friend Kenneith Calvert remembers working in charitable organizations
“Carol did so much volunteer work that we could give her the title of ‘Miss
Volunteer of Jacksonville,’” said Calvert. “So many groups will miss the extra
hands and feet she provided.”
As a tutor and volunteer at Kitty Stone Elementary School for the past nine
years, Carol worked with many teachers, including Kitty Kirby.
“She worked with students who would benefit from extra assistance in
reading,” said Kirby. “Not only did these students make great strides in
reading, they learned to enjoy the books and material they were reading. This is
all because of Carol’s enthusiasm and love of reading. She would tell stories to
the students and bring in materials to help their understanding of the reading
material. The children looked forward to their tutoring sessions each week.”
Kirby said that Carol was a personal friend to the students and didn’t forget
their birthdays, Christmas or other holidays. She also volunteered to work at
the schoolbook fairs and was a big supporter of the fifth- and sixth-grade
Language Arts Olympiad.
“She has truly touched the lives of many of our students,” said Kirby.
Born in Bluffton, Ohio, Carol received a bachelor’s in education from
Bluffton College. She worked as a home economist for Ohio Power Company and
later served as district director for Camp Fire Girls in Albuquerque, N.M. She
was a reservationist for Braniff Airlines in Dallas and Kansas City, Kan., and
worked for the U.S. Government at Sandia Base and White Sands Missile Range in
New Mexico. Later she was a service representative with ATT in Washington, D. C.
Her last job as support services coordinator in the College of Commerce and
Business Administration at Jacksonville State University lasted 14 years.
Carol’s travels included 25 countries. She lived in two of them — Thailand
(Bangkok) and Panama (Panama City). She moved to Jacksonville in 1979.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Christopher Andrew and Kerry
Parker Smith of West Point, Ga.; a sister and brother-in-law, Roberta and Thomas
Reiter of Pemberville, Ohio; a niece, Melissa Hause Reiter of Chicago; a nephew,
Dr. Jeffrey Reiter of Seattle; and a nephew, Craig Reiter, his wife, Amy, and
their children, Grace and Lydia of Elmore, Ohio.
Carol coordinated the Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center’s Christmas book
project for three years. She volunteered with the American Red Cross and served
as a director of the Jacksonville Exchange Club for two years as well as door
prize committee chair for seven years, earning money for Jacksonville charities.
As part of her work with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, she
coordinated training for the adult literacy program and gave income tax
assistance for the elderly for two years. She worked in 2003 with the Jimmy
Carter Habitat for Humanity. She served on the Jacksonville Medical Center
Women’s Advisory Council for two years and was president of the JSU Retirees for
two years. She was treasurer of the Inter Se Study Club for five years.
Carol was named 2006 winner of the Jacksonville Exchange Club’s Book of
Golden Deeds. The Cottaquilla Girl Scouts named her the 1998 Woman Committed to
Excellence Outstanding Professional. She was the Inter Se Study Club’s Woman of
the Year for two years.
A 21-year member of the First United Methodist Church, Carol chaired the
worship committee two years.
Carol was an Auburn University fan and was known for her knowledge of and
love of birds and needlepoint.
Carol’s giving continued after her death. She donated her body to the Gift of
Body program offered by the Alabama Organ Center, the International Institute
for the Advancement of Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Memorial donations can be made to Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center, 206
Francis St., West, Jacksonville 36265, Habitat for Humanity of Calhoun County,
2300 McCoy Ave., Anniston 36201 or a favorite charity.
Carol was an advocate for donating one’s body to help others. That can be
done by registering at the Alabama Organ Center, 1-800-252-3677.
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