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2012-01-26 / Obituaries


Pamela Smith, 67, a retired school teacher, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. She was born Oct. 24, 1944, and raised in Sunny South until the age of nine before moving to Thomasville. She graduated from Thomasville High School in 1963 and graduated from Alabama College (Montevallo) in 1967 with a B.S. in Education. She began her career as an elementary teacher at N. B. Cook Elementary in Pensacola, Fla.

After several years there, looking for a challenge and more opportunities, she left Pensacola to teach eight years for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools being stationed in Iceland and Japan/Okinawa. She used holidays to do extensive traveling in Europe and Southeast Asia. These experiences became a well of information she shared in her many stories with all her students.

In 1987, she returned to Pensacola, substituting and then teaching at A. A. Dixon Elementary where she was nominated for the Escambia County Teacher of the Year in 1988. She continued to receive much recognition for her work as a teacher throughout her career with nominations to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Due to health concerns, she retired in 2002 while at Beulah Elementary in Pensacola ending her over thirty year teaching career. She continued to substitute teach and helped care for her great nephew until 2007. While maintaining her home in Pensacola, she then came to Thomasville to help care for her mother and continued to help when possible with her great nephew and niece.

A memorial service was Dec. 10, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Fulton.

She was preceded in death by her father, William “Bill” Smith.

She is survived by her mother, Jean Smith; brother, Michael E. (Sarah) Smith; two nephews, Nicholas Smith and Matthew Smith; niece, Sarah Elizabeth (Jack) Donovan; great-nephew, Dylan Donovan; two greatnieces, Isabella Donovan and Éowyn Donovan.

The family requests any memorials be made to your local ministry or school.

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