Special Photo: Gene C. Smith, 63, of Stockbridge, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

Special Photo: Gene C. Smith, 63, of Stockbridge, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

Gene C. Smith, 63, of Stockbridge, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Union United Methodist Church in Stockbridge, with Dr. Wallace Wheeles and Dr. Mike Cash officiating. Interment will follow at Union United Methodist Church Cemetery, in Stockbridge.

A native of Forest Park, Mr. Smith retired after 37 years of service with R. R. Donnelley. He was a Master Mason of the Panthersville lodge # 543 in 2007. Gene was a very active member of Union United Methodist Church and The Rockdale Democratic Party.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jane Y. Smith, of Stockbridge; children, Andrew W. Smith, of Stockbridge, Patrick (Lola) Smith, of Eatonton, Erin M. Smith, of Stockbridge; brother, Marion (Jean) Smith; grandchildren, Shalee Apple, Logan S. Smith, Jack C. Smith and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends TODAY (Saturday), from 2 p.m., to 4 p.m., and 7 p.m., to 9 p.m., at Horis A. Ward’s Rockdale Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Union United Methodist Church, 4600 Hwy. 138, Stockbridge, Ga., 30281, or Masonic Lodge # 543, 3605 Union Church Rd., Stockbridge, Ga., 30281, or the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be offered at: www.horisawardrockdalechapel.com. Horis A. Ward’s Rockdale Chapel, 1999 Ga. Hwy. 138 S.W., Conyers, Ga., (770) 918-8851.