March 27, 1925 ~ February 10, 2018
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.