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Ms. Elizabeth "Ms. Libba" Cook Smith
Hodges-Moore Funeral Home
Ms. Elizabeth "Ms. Libba" Cook Smith
On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Ms. Elizabeth “Ms. Libba” Cook Smith, loving mother of four children and loving grandmother of 25 grand/great-grandchildren, passed away at the age of 90.
    Ms. Libba was born on November 17, 1928, in Rome, Georgia, to Harry Edgar Sr. and Wilma Gaston Cook. She was raised in her parents’ loving home in Parrott, Georgia, where strong values of faith, love of family, kindness, diligence, thankfulness and respect were learned. Her mother taught her the love of the arts in poetry, expression, theater and music as her mother was an instructor of both expression and piano.
    Ms. Elizabeth C Smith was preceded in death by her father, Harry E. Cook Sr.; her mother, Wilma Gaston Cook; and former husband, Horace Zack Smith Jr.
    She is survived by her four children, Zack Smith (Statesboro), Sally S. Chao (Dennis), Marietta, Ga.; Suzi McKee (Jerry), Amarillo, Texas; Amy Beaucham (Ron), Peachtree City, Ga.; grandchildren, Beth Smith, Melissa Herndon (Greg), Rustin Chao (Kelsey), Ryan Chao (Lisa), Matthew Smith, Ashley Fine (Brad), Raegan Smith, Charlie Beaucham (Sarah), Joe Schumacher, Libba Beaucham (Matt), Matti Gresham (Clint); great-grandchildren, Nathan Andrews, Clay Smith, Evan Herndon, Christian Chao, Lia Chao, Chase Herndon, Lucca Chao, Lizzie Beachum, Connor Fine, Jackson Chao, Drew Fine, Evelyn Fine, George Beaucham, Zoe Gresham; brother, Harry E. Cook Jr. (Valle); brother-in-law, W.R. “Bobby” Smith (Jenny); sister-in-law, Betty Smith Jennings; with nephews, Adam Cook (Sarah), Bob Smith (Lisa), Edwin Smith (Leslie), Horace Jennings (Ann), the late Bob Jennings; and nieces, Maegan Cook, Marian S. NeSmith (Al) and Harriet Shirley (Todd); along with many, many cousins.
    The funeral service will be held Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Statesboro First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ricky Allen and Dr. H. William Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Eastside Cemetery.
    Visitation will be Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 4 until 6 p.m. at Hodges-Moore Funeral Home.
    In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations be made to First Baptist Church/Children’s Ministry, 108 North Main Street, Statesboro, GA 30458; and/or to the Averitt Center for the Arts, 33 East Main Street, Statesboro, GA 30458.
    Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, March 15, 2019
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