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Johnny D. Smallwood

Obituary Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Johnny D. Smallwood, age 66, of Alto, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at his home with his loving family by his side, after a long battle with cancer, kidney disease, and heart failure.

Mr. Smallwood was born on January 11, 1950, in Franklin, Georgia, to the late Handley T. and Cora Fowler Smallwood. He was one of 13 brothers and sisters. Johnny attended high school at Woodville High School in Woodville, Alabama and Troup County High School in LaGrange, Georgia. He relocated to North Georgia at the age of 16 and attended North Habersham High School. Johnny was a retired farmer and long-time North Georgia resident. He was an avid fisherman and horseback rider in his younger days. Johnny was saved by God’s marvelous grace as a young adult and was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Shannon Smallwood; sisters, Martha “Jenny” Allred and Sarah Grimes; and brothers, James Smallwood, Bob Smallwood, and Junior Kirkland.

Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years, Faye Gaddis Smallwood; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Keith Watkins; granddaughter, whom he adopted and raised as a daughter, Amanda Smallwood-Bridges and husband, Josh; granddaughters, Kaitlyn Watkins and Amber Smallwood; grandson and best friend, Hunter Bridges; sisters, Betty Ann Nix, Margaret Simmons, Mary Ann Williams, Peggy Ware, and Marie Willingham; brothers, Charles Smallwood and Leonard Knight; and many other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, Georgia, with Chaplain Tom Fish officiating. Interment will follow in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Friday, November 18, 2016, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideons International, Memorial Bible Plan, PO Box 195, Baldwin, Georgia 30511.

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Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home& Crematory, South Chapel, 1370 Industrial Boulevard, Baldwin, Georgia.

Funeral Date
11/19/2016 at 2:00PM
Funeral Home
Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery
4121 Falcon Pkwy. , Flowery Branch, GA 30542