Carla Diane Smith, age 55, of Lawrenceville passed away September 16, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Tom Smith; children, Elizabeth Hyatt, Jenna Carpenter, Richard Reeves, and Emma Hollaway; Step-children, Jordan Smith and Chelsea Smith; Brothers, Paul Shekelle and Myron Shekelle; Sisters, Erica Lynn and Liese Coleman; six grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11A.M. at First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville with Rev. Dr Royeese Stowe officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, September 18, 2017 from 6 P.M. until 9 P.M at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville. 770-277-4550

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  1. Our hearts go out to you Tom and all your family at the loss of Carla. She always had a beautiful spirit and a loving soul. Her smile was contagious and she loved her family with a radical love. We are very sorry for your hurt. Carla will be missed. ❤️With love, The Carmans.

  2. Tom. I was so very blessed to have Carla’s footprints in my life. I worked with her here at Gainesville surgery center. Was blessed to be part of your wedding day. She was an amazing lady and you two were an amazing couple. May God hold you close during this difficult time. Regina

  3. Dearest Tom,
    On behalf of all of us in the Hospitality Ministry at Lawrenceville First United Methodist, Let me try to
    express our outpouring of love for Carla. Her tenure are director was way too brief and we all loved
    her beautiful and welcome presence there in the Welcome Center. I will never step in there again,
    without having her in my mind, and missing her with my heart. Love to you, Tom.

  4. Tom & Family: She loved because He first loved her…she taught us love in her everyday living and in her trials. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial, having stood the test, ‘she’ will receive the crown of life the Lord has promised to those who love him.”James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭

  5. Tom,

    My deepest condolences, Carla was an Amazing Soul. I enjoyed working with her & the OEM Family. May God continue to strengthen & keep you all.

  6. The first day I met Carla I was engulfed with her beautiful light. She has give me inspiration and a new look on life. She is always with me and in my heart. She renews my will to fight and get out of life all I desire. Her faith and love for God is incomparable. I strive to be like her! God give Ms. Carla a great big hug for me. God please hold Tom snd their family in this time of separation.

  7. What a beautiful lady and such a sad loss. I always enjoyed being around her – always smiling, joyful, positive, LOVED her family. My heart hurts for all of you.

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Smith and extended Smith families. I am so sorry for your loss and wish you all peace.

  9. Tom, we have never met but my children and I had the pleasure of being close friends with Carla and her children many years ago when we lived in Woodstock, Georgia. She and I became close friends and I truly have missed her through out the years, however, we have managed to stay in contact through Facebook. I am so very sorry for your loss but I know in my heart ❤️ that she will be dearly missed by my family and so many others. My prayers and thoughts are with you and yours, always.

  10. Dear Carla’s family, We want to express our deepest sympathy. Carla was such a sweet lady. I admired her knowing how hard she worked as a nurse when our daughters went to high school together. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

  11. Sorry for your lost it’s always hard when someone whom we love is gone John 5:25 helps us to appreciate that there is hope for the dead ..soon we will be able to see our loved ones again my thoughts and prayers are with your family

  12. Tom,
    From the first time I met you and Carla at the Dome, I knew her to be a loving, special kind of person. I should have guessed she was a nurse. With her care, love and concern about me after my wife, Debbie’s death, she became even more special to me. I believe that she is with my Debbie and that we will all be together one day. God bless you and give you strength. May you find peace and comfort through your family. May the comfort of her love carry you through these sad times. The warmth of her spirit and love is missed.

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