October 12, 1930 - June 9, 2021
Dorothy Rae Lynch Smythe, 90, of Stone Mountain, Georgia passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, with family members by her side. She was born on Oct 12, 1930 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, the daughter of the late John Dameron Lynch and the late Virlie White Lynch Hussey. Dorothy spent most of her life as a homemaker. After her children were grown, she worked as a receptionist for Transamerica Insurance Company. She devoted her life to caring for her family and serving God. She loved her country and was a patriotic citizen. She taught everyone she met the true meaning of unconditional love and modeled Christian values, principles, morals and behavior. She made certain her children had a solid Christian foundation and attended church every Sunday. Even when the family was traveling or on vacation, she found a church and her children went to Sunday school. She was an active member of Columbia Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. She served as a Deacon, an Elder, and in other leadership roles. Dorothy loved to sing, had a beautiful voice, and was a member of the church choir. She often volunteered in the church office and was always involved in the activities of the church. Her greatest joy was helping those in need. She was diligent in visiting shut-ins, volunteered at Open House homeless shelter in Atlanta, assisted residents at Villa International Christian Ministry, held and rocked babies born to mothers with addictions at Hughes Spaulding Hospital, rolled bandages to be sent to African countries involved in warfare, assisted and befriended Sudanese refugees and had a special affection for the Burma members of the congregation at her church. These are only few examples and she was constantly searching for ways to serve others. She was a devoted wife for 37 years, was involved in all her children’s activities and was an amazing and fun grandmother. Her love and devotion, strength and determination, positive outlook on life, and faith in God made her a role model for her family and everyone that knew her. She had a unique and extraordinary bond with her sisters that was a joy to witness. Her love and relationship with her entire family has remained strong throughout her life. She was active and adventurous. Even in her late 80’s she enjoyed driving her Mustang convertible to Stone Mountain Park with the top down and loved to sit by the Carillon to listen to the music or read. She loved to travel, visit her out of town family, and was always fun and uplifting. Her strength and consistent positive attitude, even in difficult times, will always be an inspiration to her family and all who knew her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas C Smythe, Sr.; beloved in-laws, Marion and Mae Smythe; stepfather, William Hussey; and brother-in law, Joseph Villeneuve. Dorothy is survived by her son and devoted caregiver, Thomas C. Smythe, Jr.; daughter, Brenda S. Fowler (Jim); son, Richard E. Smythe (Jan); grandchildren: Amy Fowler Duckett, Mary Fowler Brennon (Jimmy), Amanda Fowler, Rachel Smythe, and Emily Smythe; great-grandchildren: Harrison Duckett, Scarlett Brennan and Dylan Brennen; sisters: Joanne Villeneuve and Linda Adcock (Perry); nephew, Eric Church (Kelly); nieces: Tracy Blakenbaker (Dwight), Shae Moore (Rob), and Danee Detheredge; 1 great-niece and 4 great-nephews. The family will receive friends at Tom M. Wages Funeral Home in Snellville, GA on Tuesday, June 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, June 16, at 11:00 a.m. at Columbia Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia. Interment will follow the service at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens in Snellville, GA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Columbia Presbyterian Church https://cpcdecatur.com/give/, The Salvation Army https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-to-give/, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org, or Paralyzed Veterans of America, https://pva.org/ways-to-give/. Due to COVID-19 regulations, our staff is committed to taking care of our guests and families that we serve. We also ask all guests and family members attending visitations and services to please continue social distancing and if desired to bring and wear a mask. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, A Family Company, 3705 Highway 78 West, Snellville, GA 30039 (770-979-3200) has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Dorothy Rae Lynch Smythe, 90, of Stone Mountain, Georgia passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, with family members by her side. She was born on Oct 12, 1930 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, the daughter of the late... View Obituary & Service Information
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