Carol Christine Smith, 72, peacefully passed away to her heavenly home on Monday, February 20, 2023 and her pain and suffering are no more.
As a wife, loving mother and amazing Mimi, Carol loved her family dearly. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Rev. David E. Smith, daughters, Christy Self (husband, Bryan), Laura Torbett (husband, Tim), Andrea Odell (husband, Jeremy)., and by the loves of her life, her grandchildren, Drew, Haylie and Addyson. Also, her sister, Nanci Gluff (nephew, David Gluff). Carol was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Vetack.
Carol was a Christmas baby, born December 25, 1950 in Chicago, IL and grew up in Indiana. Carol and Dave were serving on separate bus routes at Indianapolis Baptist Temple when they first met. They were married in 1975 and began their ministry in Ohio until moving to Jacksonville, FL in 1989 when Dave accepted a position to serve at Trinity Baptist Church. Carol served the Lord in the bus ministry, in Sunday School and AWANA for more than 20 years. Her passion was pouring her heart and love into children’s ministries.
Carol worked in the business office at Trinity Baptist College and then at FSCJ, until her retirement in 2016. She always went the extra mile helping the college students in many aspects of their lives. Carol genuinely cared for her students and co-workers and developed long-lasting relationships with them.
As an avid sports fan, Carol loved cheering on the Braves. She also loved football, basketball and of course, NASCAR. She enjoyed Elvis movies and listening to all kinds of music. Carol cherished her friends and considered them family. They enjoyed many trips to the mountains, playing cards and shared many meals together. Generosity abounded from her. Family and friends were often blessed by her generous giving, as she always extended an outstretched hand to others. Carol was greatly loved and will be greatly missed!
Her Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, February 23, 2023, at Trinity Baptist Church, 800 Hammond Blvd, Jacksonville, FL with visitation at 10AM and services at 11AM, followed immediately by the committal service at Gethsemane Gardens. Live streaming is available at http://funeral.tbc.org (http://funeral.tbc.org).
In lieu of flowers and in honor of Carol’s love for children, please consider honoring her memory by donating to Trinity Kids ministry. You can donate using this link – https://ppay.co/QVLk_M9cEwg – or by visiting tbc.org/give and donating to the Special Offering fund at any campus.