Geneva Smith

Geneva Pearl Smith, 87, went to be with her Lord on Monday, May 12, 2014. She died peacefully at Riverside Health Care Center in Covington, Ga. after a 7-year battle with dementia. She is the third generation in her family to suffer with this disease. Born in Hazen, Ark., to Lillian and Gene Barnes, she lived in Chattanooga for most of her life. She was a lifelong member of Second Presbyterian Church where she served in the nursery for many years. In 1946, at the age of 20, she was employed by the N.C. & St. L. Railroad where she worked for 40 years. For most of those years, she was the only woman in the Chattanooga office. She was married to Reuben Lawrence Smith Jr. for 40 years. In retirement she moved to Black Mountain, N.C., where she built a home in the Christian community of Laurel Ridge. Surrounded by the communitys 1200 acres and a national forest, she often saw bears and raccoons looking through her open windows and doors as they stood on her porch and deck. Deer, wild turkeys, and horses were a common site as she drove through her neighborhood. She served on the Laurel Ridge Board, volunteered at her church and CBU and gave out food each month for Angel Food. She described this 14 year period as the happiest time in her life due to the many Christian friends that lived around her. As dementia began, she had to leave the mountains and her friends to live with her son for three years in Conyers, Ga. Nothing was more important to her than her faith in God, her family and her friends in Laurel Ridge. She is survived by her two children, R. Lawrence Smith III and Patricia Carol Lehberger; grandchildren, Shannon Russel Smith, Jennifer Amanda Smith, Gregory Eugene Vandergriff, Anthony Burch Vandergriff, Robert Andrew Vandergriff, Michael Norman Lehberger, Nathaniel Thomas Lehberger; and several great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 16 from noon to 2 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. Pastor Sam Fine will conduct the service at 2 p.m. in the church. Interment will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St., Chattanooga, TN 37402. Send condolences at Arrangements are by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated.

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