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Mrs. Mary Eugenia Smith Mathews
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
Mrs. Marguerite Ann NeSmith
Mrs. Mary Eugenia Smith Mathews, age 100, died Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Willow Pond Assisted Living under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice.
    The native and lifelong resident of Bulloch County was born April 6, 1918, in Statesboro, Georgia, to the late Harry Warthen Smith and Cora Blitch Smith.
    “Jean” was a graduate of Statesboro High School, who also attended Georgia Southern University and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in economics. At Vanderbilt, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and named homecoming queen.
    Jean was an active church and civic volunteer, including serving as chairman of the Statesboro Bulloch Regional Library Building Committee when the current building was built, a charter member of the Spade and Trowel Garden Club, a sustaining member of the Statesboro Service League, a member of the Statesboro Beautification Committee, a member of the Mary Bennet Smith Sunday School Class and a Deen Day Smith recipient.
    She taught Sunday school at First Baptist Church, led a Cub Scout troop and served on board of the Georgia Southern Botanical Gardens, as she held a lifetime interest in botanicals, especially her beloved camellias.
    Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Joe Mathews.
    Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, Charlie Bland Mathews (Susan), Harry Smith Mathews (Alice) and Joe Edward Mathews (Beth), all of Statesboro. She was a proud grandmother of six grandchildren, Joe Edward Mathews Jr. (Loren) of Statesboro, Eugenia “Ann” Mathews Coleman (Scott) of St. Simons Island, Ga.; Harry Smith Mathews Jr. (Sage) of Savannah, Charlie Bland Mathews Jr. (Jessica) of Statesboro, Allen McCann Mathews of Statesboro, Pratt Edward Mathews (Sally) of Savannah; and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Betty Smith Dobson of Nashville, Tenn.; Joyce Smith Lovett of Statesboro and Lynn Smith Agee (Jack) of Nashville, Tenn. Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
    The family is indebted to her caregivers and special friends, Gertrude Brown and Sharilin Brunson.
    A special thanks to the caregivers and excellent staff of Willow Pond Senior Care and Ogeechee Area Hospice.
    The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church Statesboro with Dr. Bill Perry and Dr. John Waters officiating. Interment will follow in Eastside Cemetery.
    Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
    The family requests that memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church, 108 North Main Street, Statesboro, GA 30458; or Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459.
    Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
    Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, October 16, 2018

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