Carol Jeanette Smith Chears, better known as “Jenny”, 73, was born October 10, 1945 in Spring Lake, Florida, to the late Harold Lewis Smith Sr. and Emily Ellen Ferrell Smith. Jenny passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019, peacefully at home after battling lung cancer.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by her daughters, Ronda Jean Bland (Ron) of Bushnell, Florida and Carol Ann Jarboe (Derek) of Cleveland, Texas; her sister, Judith Ann Smith of Bloomington Springs, Tennessee; six grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Tracy Bolton and brothers, Henry “Gene” Smith, Gerald Smith and Harold E. Smith Jr.
She grew up in a small town and loved the outdoors including air boating and mostly fishing. She worked most of her life as a server and retired from Cracker Barrel after almost ten years. She enjoyed her career and her special customers. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they visited.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel, with Pastor Doug Zipperer officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Vitas Hospice, Sumter County branch.
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