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Garth Irwin Smith

Obituary Date: Monday, August 3, 2020

Garth Irwin Smith, age 85 of Mt. Airy, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020. 

Born in Toronto-Ontario, Canada, on March 26, 1935, he was a son of the late Arthur William Smith and Edris Josephine Stone Smith. Mr. Smith was a retired technician with the former Baycor now Ten Cate. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia where he enjoyed the Saints and Sinners Sunday school class. Mr. Smith enjoyed bee keeping, fishing and playing the trumpet and guitar in his spare time. 

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Sandy Rackoski Smith; brothers, Warren Smith and Stuart Smith. 

Surviving are his wife, Sue Payne Smith of Mt. Airy; son and daughter-in-law, David Smith (Sherry) of Cleveland; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Heath (Bill) of Bremen, Diane Izzard (Bill) of Crescent City, Florida; step daughters, Janet Payne and Sharon Usher both of Warner Robins; sisters, Lynette Doolen and Edris Gillet both of Wisconsin; grandchildren and spouses, Christie McLean (Joe), Stephanie Rhinehart (Adam), William Heath (Amanda), Sandy Walker (Stephen); step grandchildren and spouses, Seina Darcey (Tim), Christina Thompson (Andrew) and Eliza Usher; great grandchildren, Reagan Rhinehart, Will Heath, Belle Heath, Becca Heath, Brennan Darcey and Havan Darcey; several nieces and nephews. 

Memorial services are scheduled for 11 am, Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia with grandson, Rev. William Heath and Rev. Andy Chambers officiating. A private inurnment will be held at Level Grove Cemetery. For those not able to attend, the service will be live streamed from the Frist Presbyterian Church of Cornelia Facebook page at

For those in attendance, there will be a brief time of fellowship following the service on Saturday at the church. 

Those in attendance are reminded to follow social distancing and public health guidelines regarding COVID-19. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia, P.O. Box 165, Cornelia, GA 30531. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is in charge of arrangements. 

Funeral Date
08/08/2020 at 11:00AM
Funeral Home
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
175 VFW Post Rd, PO Box 725, Cornelia 30531