Evelyn Joyce Smith, 92, passed away February 10, 2018 in Johns Creek Emory Hospital surrounded by members of her family. Born March 27,1925 in Augusta, Georgia to James P. Norris and Lucille Hardy Norris, Evelyn was a military wife of a career officer; Edison M. Smith. Experiencing the world, they lived in Germany, Japan and Okinawa, often traveling with five children by herself. Professionally, Evelyn worked as a secretary for J. Willis Hurst, Cardiologist at Emory Medical School in the 70’s. Her talents were many; crocheting, knitting, sewing, gardening, an avid reader of many subjects, Evelyn was also a wonderful cook. A talented artist, her artwork has been enjoyed by many. She loved playing her organ and loved all types of music; especially gospel singing on the Jimmy Swaggart Televised Ministry. Until the end of her remarkable life, Evelyn had an infectious smile and laugh, a good mind and spirit. Throughout her life, she displayed faith, courage and grace. A long time resident of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Evelyn had lived comfortably at Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett since March 2016. Our family wishes to thank Delmar Gardens staff and caregivers for their kindness and attention to her needs. She is survived by four children; Jack B. O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga), Georgia C. Fontana (Duluth, Ga); Joyce A. Miller (Dunwoody, Ga); Valerie S. Fleischmann (Braselton, Ga); seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one sister; June Pyle (Alexandria, Al); Warren Norris (Grovetown, Ga). Evelyn was predeceased by an infant daughter, Brenda Joyce O’Hara; one son, Charles P. O’Hara (Fountain Valley, Calif), two brothers; Alva Norris (Columbus, Ga); Sammy Norris (Beech Island, SC) and two sisters; Jimmy Stewart (Atlanta, Ga ) and Margie Brown (Lexington, SC). A memorial service for Evelyn will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Wages & Sons Chapel, Lawrenceville, Georgia. The family will receive family and friends following the service in the Chapel. Memorials can be made to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Evelyn J. Smith. Words in this tribute were written by her daughters who will forever miss and remember their mother, Evelyn Joyce Smith.

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  1. Kelly Pyle Owen and Family

    My Beautiful Aunt Evelyn. Will miss her beautiful face and smile. I loved singing with her and hearing her stories about her life.

  2. Sorry to hear about your lost I know it’s really hard when losing a loved one but John 5:25 reassures us that there is hope for the dead and soon we will see them again my thoughts and prayers are with your family

  3. I am deeply sorry for your loss, but know Evelyn will live in your hearts and remain in your memories to warm your souls, and she will carry on through her wonderful daughters who so deeply cared for her. Her light will always glow through her children and their children…
    Love & Light,

  4. Evelyn will greatly be missed myWarren and me.He loved talking with her and the two of them would laugh , and reminisce about there childhood .We loved her very much.

  5. So very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a character with her beautiful smile and that mischievous twinkle in her eye. Always, enjoyed hearing stories of her life – she lived it well and had you, three daughters, to care for her so thoughtfully during these last years. The memories you have will live on forever.

  6. My mother, Margie, and Evelyn were sisters. Although our families were separated by many miles, I remember so fondly our infrequent gatherings at grandmama’s house in Augusta. In later years I took Mother to visit Evelyn in Atlanta. Those visits were so much fun. Evelyn was so warm and gracious and I can vividly remember her infectious laugh. You will be missed Aunt Evelyn. Rest in peace. Bill

  7. Evelyn was a sweet and loving neighbor to me ,and my mother. They grew to be great friends, in such a way that even their long distance did not effect their friendship. Evelyn would often write to my mom, and send pictures, or sometimes even gifts that she could fit into an envelop. Evelyn would sometimes call me and express her concerns regarding my mother whom was ill towards the end. My whole family knows Evelyn in a loving, and considerate way. She was the best neighbor ever and the best friend my mom could ever wish for. She will always be remembered for her generosity, kindness, and compassion. She lives in our hearts for ever. We will cherish her memories for the rest of time.

  8. When I think of grandma, I think of her infectious laugh and sweet southern voice. I can still hear them both. As a little girl, I always thought she was such an amazing artist with her paintings. I hoped somehow it was genetic, and a touch of that would pass down to me. She was really beautiful and loved by a lot of people.

    We’ll miss you, grandma.

  9. My Dear Sweet Evelyn, you will live forever in my heart. Sure wanted to keep you around awhile longer – lots longer. I looked forward to every visit with you and wish we could sing just one more song together. You wanted me to play piano at Delmar for you and I can just hear you say “Just one more”. We laughed together and we cried together. I know that Jesus has his arms around you and you are with all your loved ones. You were blessed with loving children and grandchildren who loved you very much and I feel so sad for them – but I feel sad for me too. You were always a blessing to me and I loved doing little things for you. Started watching Jimmy Swaggert because of you and every time I hear that beautiful music, I will be thinking of you. You will live on through your children and grandchildren. God bless them all. I don’t want to say good-bye but I will just say, “See you again some day”.

  10. I loved “Aunt Evelyn” , my BF’s Aunt whom I visited, and even stayed overnight with a few times thanks to Kelly over the years.
    Such a joy listening to her life stories and hearing her and Kelly laugh together.
    The love and respect they shared was truly touching.
    A grand lady that I’ll truly miss.
    See you on the other side Evelyn 🌷

  11. My mother Marjorie and her sisters were beautiful women. We treasure many memorable times at Grandmother Lucie’s home in Augusta with Evelyn and her family during the holidays and pray God’s peace for her family, David Brown.

  12. I am so lucky to of met my great grandma and spend 15 years with her! Every time anyone would walk into a room, her face would light up from ear to ear. Her smile was most definitely contagious. I always loved her stunning jewelry collection. She was always glowing with her necklaces and rings. I will always look up to this amazing person. I love you great grandma!!!

  13. These words are written in my heart; ‘forever; I love you mother’ and will always remember the times we spent together. It breaks my heart how you suffered. My beautiful mother.

  14. Evelyn was the sweetest dearest friend anyone could ever have . Evelyn will be dearly missed . I’ll be looking forward to seeing her again in the by-and-by with our Lord .

  15. Evelyn, we will miss. May your sweet soul rest in perfect peace. U are in a better place with God Almighty! Amen

  16. Evelyn, we will miss you. May your sweet soul rest in perfect peace. U are in a better place with God Almighty! Amen

  17. My Aunt Evelyn. You were always so beautiful to me. Only wish our lives could have crossed more often. My condolences to Ben, Georgia, Joyce and Valerie. Fond memories at Grandmama’s house.

    Marianne Jones

  18. Evelyn will be missed by all of her family and friends. She had a beautiful smile and I remember many times we would all laugh until we cried. She was a talented artist and I keep the hummingbird picture she did on my mantel. Georgia, Joyce and Valerie, you were wonderful daughters and she loved you so much! I was with you when she passed and will be there for all of you if you need me for anything, even if you just need to talk or cry! May God give you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  19. 0n February 10th 2018 there was a deep loss to the children of Evelyn , all family members, and anyone who came in contact with her life. I was not from the South, met her in 1994, she graciously came across the street to introduce herself, and we became fast friends. I often told her how she reminded me of the beautiful Gabor sisters, she could have passed for one of them, A day didn’t pass when we would always talk laugh or cry together, she was most proud of her family she became my dearest closes friend whom I called my Southern Bell. On the morning we were moving back home I went across the street to say my fair well to her we both said in unison, till we meet again I’ll always love you.. Once more my darling Evelyn till we meet again

  20. The easy laughter, warmth of friendship and beautiful Spirit of Mrs. Evelyn will ever kindle our fondest memories of her. May Choirs of Angels attend Thee.

  21. I am very sorry for your loss. Evelyn was a beautiful, kind, talented, and joyful woman who shared her spirit with all who met her. She had a wonderful attitude that was contagious. She was the model matriarch of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She will be forever remembered and dearly missed by all.

  22. I never met anyone Evelyn’s age that was so beautiful and so full of life. She never let her age dictate what she wanted to do; this made her ageless. She will be someone I emulate and I will miss her always.

  23. I was so very sorry to hear of your loss and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember the wonderful times with her.
    I had the opportunity to meet your mom on a few occasions. I remember her beautiful smile and her laughter. She was full of life and happiness. I got to spend a little time with her on a couple of occasions and she just made me laugh. Such a lovely lady.
    Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. To know Evelyn was to love her; the twinkle in her eye as if she always understood, I will miss my friend but take comfort in knowing she is in a wonderful place with her creator. When we all get together what a wonderful day that will be!

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