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2010-08-19 / Obituaries


Nellie Grey Ray Smyly of Grand Bay died Friday, August 6, 2010 at her home with family by her side. She was born in Thomaston on September 27, 1930 and was a 48 year resident of Grand Bay.

She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Grand Bay and became a retiree of Scott Paper Company in 1986. After retirement, she dedicated the rest of her years to her four generations of family doing what she did bestoffering love, encouragement, comfort and compassion. Without hesitation, she would say her greatest achievements were being a mother, a grandmother, and a great grandmother. Her family will forever protect memories of her gentle hugs and warm welcomes. All who knew her will remember her as a lady so tiny in stature, but so big on determination and mostly so big at heart.

Funeral services were held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, August 9, 2010 at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville with Rev. Robbie Howard officiating. Interment was at County Line Baptist Church Cemetery in Marengo County.

She was the youngest of 6 sisters and 1 brother who all preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Edward Olson Smyly of Grand Bay; three children, Howard Smyly, Dona (Riley) Glass and Margy (Glenn) Perkins all of Grand Bay; six grandchildren, Frank Glass, Kellie Sessions, Shann Smyly, Darryl Smyly, Chad Perkins and Blake Perkins; thirteen great grandchildren and one special niece, Ella Jean Hall.

Pallbearers were Frank Glass, Shann Smyly, Chad Perkins, Blake Perkins, Kyle Brannon and Konnor Brannan.

Honorary pallbearer was Mickey Englett.

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