Juanita Smith

Juanita Smith, 96, passed away peacefully from her earthly life and entered her eternal life on May 21, 2018.

Graveside service will be Saturday, May 26 at 3 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Benton. 

Mrs. Smith was born Juanita McClendon in Oklahoma on July 2, 1921 to parents Wade and Jessie McClendon. Juanita married Tommy Smith on February 14 on Valentine's Day which represented their love for 62 years until Tommy passed away. They made Yazoo County, Mississippi, their permanent home.

Juanita was an avid gardener. She loved putting on her sunhat and working in her rose and vegetable gardens. She enjoyed all types of crafts including silk flowers, purses, quilting, sewing, crocheting, knitting and antiques. She was known to see something and could make it. She was an active member of Southside Baptist Church for many years including Sunday School, Women's Missionary Union, Pantry Ministry and special projects. Upon moving to Madison, MS she became an active member of First Baptist Church Madison until her health started failing.

Juanita supported various charities and did volunteer work where needed. She "Prayer Walked" in the halls of the schools of Madison. She was a prayer warrior devoted to studying God's Word. She loved to cook delicious meals and was known to her family by many of her famous dishes including her Thanksgiving dressing. She was a true picture and definition of a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law and a Grand Mimi!

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tommy; sisters, Sue Thornton and Effie Hubbard; Brother, Bob McClendon. She is survived by her daughter, Deseree Guthrie and son-in-law Buck Guthrie; grandkids, Cheryl Gordon (Todd) of Madison, Cindy Walker (Petey) of Cartersville, GA, Steve Guthrie (Lori) of Baton Rouge, LA. She is also survived by great grandkids, Chad Walker (Rachel) of Cartersville, GA, Sonny Walker (Morgan) of Rome, GA, Hayes and Hannah Gordon of Madison, MS, Emily Dees Bandin (Alex) of Casa Grande, Arizona, Macy Barrios (Josh) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Michalyn Habisch of Baton Rouge, LA, Amber Kinstley (Michael) of Vicksburg, MS, and eleven great-great grands.

Memorials may be made in her honor to First Baptist Church, Madison, MS.    

Mimi, God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be so He put His arms around you and whispered, "Come to Me." With tearful eyes, we watched you and saw you pass away and although we love you dearly we could not make you stay.  A golden heart stopped beating and hardworking hands at rest.  God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. We are so thankful for eternal life and will see you again.