Eleanor Hubbard Smith went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, November 11, 2022, after surrendering to complications from long-term health issues. Although she lived for a time in Savannah, Georgia as a child, and in Tennessee for one semester of college, she lived the rest of her 93 years in Jacksonville, Florida, her birthplace. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in 1947 and briefly attending Carson Newman College, she married her childhood sweetheart William “Lawton” Smith, who passed away in 2017. Their lives together were centered on church attendance and active service in teaching and other lay ministry capacities, as well as joyful recreation (camping and square dancing) with their many friends.
Eleanor was known as a generous and tirelessly giving person who also considered herself a prayer warrior on behalf of anyone she knew and loved. She used her musical gifts until her late
80s, playing piano for church services and other events. She was a founding member of Murray Hill Baptist Church and most recently attended Westside Baptist Church in the last few years. She was a caring mother, a supportive wife, a loving grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her greatest joy was her grandson Adam and she was elated that he made her a great-grandmother in 2020 when Noah was born.
Eleanor is survived by her son, Mark (Portia); daughter, Laura; grandson, Adam (Holly); and great-grandson, Noah.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to all those who have loved and cared for Eleanor and Lawton over the years. Her family would also like to thank the caring staff at Brookdale Avondale and Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, for providing such wonderful care for Eleanor in the last few months and during her final weeks.
She will be buried at the Jacksonville National Cemetery with her husband Lawton in a private service. A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Westside Baptist Church/Teachey Chapel, 7775 Herlong Road in Jacksonville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to Wycliffe Bible Translators (www.wycliffe.org), which she supported for decades, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Arrangements entrusted to the care of BLACKBURN-CURRY FUNERAL AND CREMATION, 380 N. Lowder Street, Macclenny, Florida 32063. (904) 259-2806. Please share your condolences with the family online at www.blackburncurryfh.com.
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