OBITUARY: Cleta Maria Smith


Cleta Maria Smith, age 86, and a resident of Columbia, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at NHC-Columbia.

Born on June 30, 1937, Cleta was the daughter of the late Jim Grogan and the late Hazel Summers Grogan.

She was a 1955 graduate of Summerville High School. In 1957, Cleta married Robert Dean Smith. She retired from a telephone company after 30 plus years of service. She was a devout Christian, being a member of FBC West Plains. Cleta was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a great blessing to have as a friend.

Cleta is survived by her brother, Gene (Lisa) Grogan of Lawrence, Kansas; nephew, Andrews Grogan of Rising Fawn, Georgia; daughter-in-law, Lesa Smith of Carrollton, Georgia; granddaughter, Kristi (Josh) Drummond of Carrollton, Georgia; and great-grandchildren, Sophie Drummond and Brooks Drummond of Carrollton, Georgia.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Dean Smith of West Plains, Missouri; and son, Stan Smith of Columbia, Tennessee.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent to The Gideons International. Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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