Josie Lee Smith

Josie Lee Smith, a loving mother and grandmother, and devoted Christian, passed away Wednesday at the age of 82.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a founding member of the Lighthouse Community Baptist Church, where her funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Jeff McBurnett will officiate.

She will lie in-state at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by her sons, Lee and Martha Mathes, Jr., of Jonesboro, and Patrick and Angie Mathes, of Macon; daughters, Susan and Ray Alberti, of Stockbridge, and Sally and John Meyer, of Stockbridge; four stepchildren; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, from 5 p.m., to 8 p.m. Flowers will be accepted, however, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Community Baptist Church. Horis A. Ward-Fairview Chapel is in charge of arrangements.