ALBANY -- Mrs. Susie Earlyne Davis Smith of Las Vegas, NY died March 5, 2012 at Desert Springs Hospital in that city. Funeral services will be held March 13, 2012 at 1 p.m. from Arcadia Baptist Church with Rev. Lamar Ward officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery.

Susie Earline Davis Smith was born on November 11, 1912 in Dawson, GA and went to our Lord Jesus Christ on March 5, 2012. She was one of seven children to Ola Mae Davis and Will Parent. She was preceded in death by her brothers Clifford, Arthur Lee, and Willie D., and her sisters Otha Bell, Lizzie, and Rosa Lee Davis.

Susie received her early education attending elementary and high school in Dawson. She continued her education graduating from Georgia Normal and Agricultural College, now Albany State University. Further education was obtained from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL and Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

After graduating from college, Susie began a long and impressive teaching career, which lasted for 44 years. She taught many years at Coachman Park Elementary School, specializing in teaching first graders. During her tenure Susie received numerous awards and honors including "Teacher of the Year". She believed early education in young kids was very important. Her previous students often would request Susie to teach their kids.

Susie was married to Robert Stubbs and later to Rev. Roswell Smith, Sr.; she was stepmother to Joseph, Roswell, Jr., and James Smith, who have all preceded her in death. She also helped to raise her niece Harriett Raine Knight.

At an early age Susie found Christ and had a long standing membership with Arcadia Baptist Church. She sang in the choir and was the Mother of the church before becoming ill. At the time of her death she was Mother of the Church Emeritus. Susie spent the last six years of her life with her nieces Helen J. Abram and Harriett Raine Knight in Las Vegas, NV. It was her desire to return home to her church.

Susie leaves to mourn her passing her great grandchildren, the grandchildren of Joe, Roswell, and James Smith; her cousins, including Mrs. Rushia Louketis; and her many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends, former coworkers, and students.

Susie lived a long and glorious life and will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.

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