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His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few
things: I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Susie Mae Smith was born on October 14, 1942 to the late Herman E. Smith and Rosella
Johnson-Smith in Columbia, South Carolina. She was the eldest of eight children. Susie departed
from this life on January 5 th , 2024.
Susie was educated in the public schools of Richland County attending Waverly Elementary and
Booker T. Washington High School from 6th to 12th grade. During these formative years, not
only was Susie blessed to have the love of her parents and siblings, she established many lifelong
friendships as well. These deep and abiding relationships speak to her warmth and faithfulness.
She became the treasurer for her beloved Booker T. Washington High School, Class of 1960, a
position she held until her death. Her friends loved, trusted, and depended on her because of her
faithfulness and attention to detail.
Susie married John Westley Smith Sr. in 1961. Their union produced one son, John Wesley
Smith Jr., affectionately known as “J.W.” Susie’s son was the light of her life. As a mother, she
continued to be an engaged community member, attending church meetings and choir
performances with her young son in tow. She was a wonderful mother who was often observed
sharing and imparting her faith to her son while worshiping and carrying out her various tasks at
her home church, Bible Way Church of Atlas Road.
Susie and her husband both had entrepreneurial spirits. While John owned several establishments
in the Midlands, Susie worked as a cosmetologist. Later, she graduated from secretarial school
which led to a position at Benedict College where she worked in the Office of Student Accounts
for ten years. In 1980, Susie accepted a position with the South Carolina State Budget and
Control Board where she remained employed until her retirement. Upon retirement she was
honored for 20 years of excellent and faithful service. Susie worked diligently in these various
positions, but her most beloved work occurred at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road.
Susie became a member of Bible way Church in 1966 when it was located on Bluff Road and
found ways to serve immediately. She lifted her voice in the Bible Way Mass Choir and was
appointed as the recorder for baptisms and new members. Susie’s service grew as the Bible Way
faith community grew. She also served as a Stay Ready Club member, church building fund
secretary, and assistant secretary for the Missionary Department. She later became a member of
the third Sunday choir. However, one of her proudest accomplishments was being named a
Church Mother in 2004, an honor befitting one so faithful.
Mother Susie Smith remained active and engaged as long as she was physically able. She loved
socializing with her loved ones, attending her grandchildren’s special events, and Booker T.
Washington functions. She could be found selling Avon, working as a Senior Companion,
attending church conventions, or traveling to Florida to spend time with her husband’s family.
Susie shared a mutual love and affection with her in-laws and nieces in Florida. Within these
groups, she travelled, worked, and cared for those who meant the most to her. She was a devoted
mother, grandmother, sister, and family member who led an exemplary life of integrity and faith.
Susie will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.
In addition to her parents, Susie was preceded in death by her husband, John Westley Smith, Sr.;
sister, Dorothy Louise; brothers, Gerald Smith and Herman Smith Jr.; mother-in-law, Annie Bell
Smith; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Mc Swain and Annie Mae William; and niece, Trina Lawton.
Her legacy of faith and service will continue to be celebrated by her loving son, John (Allison)
Westley Smith Jr.; three grandsons, Jamar Smith, Hasim Smith, and Mateen Smith;
granddaughter, Attallah Smith; three sisters, Carolyn Allen, Linda (Andrew) Johnson, and
Yolanda (Darryl) McIntyre-Hough; brother, Dennis Smith; brother-in-law, Joe Lee (Altamease)
Smith, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends who will miss her