Wanda Smith

Hamilton County

Wanda Jane Smith, 61, passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at her home.Wanda, the daughter of William L. and Geraldine V. Gunn Smith was a longtime resident of the Shepherd Community in Chattanooga.She graduated Howard High School in 1970 and attended Cleveland State Community College and Chattanooga State Community College. She was a longtime member of Pilgrim Rock Baptist Church and retired from the city of Chattanooga.Wanda was preceded in death by her sister, Lucy Smith Williams; and granddaughter, Jayla Smith.She is survived by her parents; three devoted daughters, Jillian Smith, Chattanooga, Janel (Derrick) Matthews, Smyrna, Tenn., and Joia (Maurio) Sanders, Chattanooga; brothers, William E. (Jean) Smith, Chattanooga and Marvin O. (Denise) Smith, Ooltewah; grandsons, Richard Laster III and Jaiden Edmonds, Chattanooga; special niece, Yolanda Williams Gilmore, Chattanooga; aunt, Bernice Gunn, San Antonio, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Pilgrim Rock Baptist Church, 1726 Church Road, Chattanooga, with Pastor Timmy L. Sykes officiating.Interment in Highland Cemetery.The body will lie in state after noon today and the family will receive friends from 68 p.m. this evening at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

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