Born: Tue., Jan. 10, 1950
Died: Mon., Sep. 9, 2013


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 15, 2013
Location: Mack Eppinger

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Sep. 16, 2013
Location: Zion Hill Baptist Church

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Cheryl Paulette Smith was the younger of two daughters of Minnie Ruth Carter Smith and Bennie R. Smith.  She was born on January 10, 1950 in Cartersville (Bartow County) Georgia.  She lived all of her adult life in Atlanta, Georgia and in His perfect wisdom, Cheryl moved to her heavenly home on September 9, 2013.

Celebration of life services will be held Monday, September 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Zion Hill Baptist Church, 6175 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331, Rev. Dr. Aaron L. Parker, officiating.  The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Family visitation will be Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Mack Eppinger and Sons Funeral Home, 210 N. Bartow Street, Cartersville, Georgia.  Interment will be Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Rowland Springs Cemetery in Cartersville, Georgia.

Cheryl’s life exemplified commitment to the teachings of Jesus Christ.  She was baptized and united with the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Cassville, Georgia during her youth. In recent years she united with and has been a faithful member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.  Cheryl attained a great understanding of the Bible, and no matter what the circumstance, she had words of encouragement for those in need.

Cheryl received her early education at the Summer Hill Schools in Cartersville, Georgia.  At an early age, she exhibited academic abilities beyond her years which, in 1965, led to her being chosen for the Samuel H. Johnson-Summer Study Skills Program in Knoxville, Tennessee.

She attended preparatory school, during her high school sophomore and junior years, at North Haven High School in North Haven, Connecticut.  She returned home for her senior year and graduated in 1968, with highest honors, from Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Georgia.

Following high school she attended Duke University, where she earned both her undergraduate and her juris doctorate degrees.

Cheryl advanced the struggle for human equality as a Senior Trial Attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  In the course of her work, she prosecuted employment discrimination cases in the public interest on the bases of race, sex, national origin, religion, color, age and disability.  Her legal career included work with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, publication of an article on employment discrimination laws, and numerous presentations on civil rights to various organizations throughout the southeast. 

As a member of the State Bar of Georgia and some of its various sections, in 1994 she was elected to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar.  In 1995, she advanced to the position of Vice-Chairperson, and served as Section Chairperson for a one-year term.

Cheryl was affiliated with and served in numerous capacities in several organizations, including:
the Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Foundation, located in Cassville, Georgia, of which she was currently serving as the Board Chairman; the Samuel H. Johnson Summer Study Skills Program (SSSP) Foundation Inc. of which she was currently serving as corresponding secretary; member of the Atlanta Chapter of Charms, Inc., a cultural, and social organization of women dedicated to service that improves the quality of life for all.  As a member, she has held numerous positions on the local, regional, and national level, including that of National President; member of the Gate City Bar Association; American Business Women’s Association (ABWB); Brownie Scout Leader; and the Red Hatter’s Society.

Cheryl truly loved life and delighted in using her creative genius, travel, attending theatrical productions and symphonic concerts, and enjoying a meal at a fine restaurant.  Her many travels included trips throughout the continental United States and including Hawaii; South America; Nova Scotia; and China.

Cheryl possessed a lovable, kind, and sweet spirit and she went out of her way to help others. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to the Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Foundation, POB 67—2361 Joe Frank Harris Parkway – Cartersville, Georgia 30120 or the Samuel H. Johnson Summer Study Skills Program (SSSP) Foundation Inc. – P O Box 372750 – Decatur, Georgia 30037-2750.

Her memory will long be cherished by her sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Donald Jones, of Atlanta, Georgia; cousin/brother, Daniel Wheeler (Clovia), of Birmingham, Alabama; niece, Alisha Wheeler, of Covington, Georgia; nephew, Derrick Wheeler of Durham, North Carolina and a host of other relatives and friends.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her father, Bennie R. Smith, in 1976 and her mother, Minnie Ruth Carter Smith, in 2011.

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Rev. Louise Young Harris
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
Faye and Donald… My Dear Friends,

My Prayers for comfort are with you and your family and you do have my heartfelt sympathy.

Also, please know that my church, Queen Chapel Methodist, and I are praying for you and please know that we are here for you and in the days to come.

Jesus said: I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. John 11:25

In Christ, Rev. Louise Young Harris

Fartema M. Fagin
   Posted Wed September 11, 2013
Faye and Donald,

May you find comfort in knowing that your loved one, Cheryl Paulette Smith, touched many lives in a positive way. Lean on each other, and know that Cheryl is now resting in peace. According to scripture, "God shall wipe away all tears." (Rev. 21:4)

Fartema M. Fagin

Mattie Ethel Henderson Orr
   Posted Wed September 11, 2013
Donald and Faye Jones,
Words cannot express the heartfelt sympathy that I have for you and your family at this time.

May the Lord be with you and comfort you.

From the depths of my heart...

Brenda B. Webb
   Posted Thu September 12, 2013
To the family of Cheryl Smith,
My prayers are with you during this time of bereavement. I was fortunate to know Cheryl through work at EEOC and also as a member of the Former "Squaws", now the Charms. The Lord be with you.

Cartersville High Class of 1968
   Posted Fri September 13, 2013
As Valedictorian of the Cartersville High School class of 1968, Cheryl will forever be remembered with our highest honor. We express our deepest sympathy at the passing of our classmate.

Jerry Gravley
Treasure Class of 1968

Delores Green
   Posted Sat September 14, 2013
To The Family of Cheryl Smith,
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your loved one.
The many talents that Cheryl had and graciously shared will be greatly missed, especially by the Charms.
Know too, that you are in my prayers.

Malanese Sterkins-Morgan
   Posted Thu September 19, 2013
My heartfelt and deepest condolences to the family, which I consider partly my own. God knows everything! He knows exactly why things happen and in time, we all shall know as well.
I love you all very, very much!

Love, Nese

P. Watts
   Posted Wed September 25, 2013
I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Cheryl and also share a comforting scriptural promise made by Jesus that our loved ones will come back to life John 5:28,29

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