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Mrs. Mary Claire Neal Smith

ATHENS, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Claire Neal Smith, beloved wife of Rodney Shane Smith, entered into rest on Wednesday, July 23, 2008.

Mary Claire was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Jefferson Neal, Jr., of Thomson and the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Jefferson Neal, Sr., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Farriel Williamson of Louisville, Ga. Born on Feb. 14, 1983, Mary Claire was a life long resident of Thomson and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Thomson, where she participated in both the Youth Fellowship and Pathway Choir. A 2001 honor graduate of Thomson High School, Mary Claire was a varsity cheerleader, a member of Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Students, French Club, Debate Team, newspaper staff, and the homecoming court her senior year. Having lettered in softball, soccer and golf at THS, she was selected as the recipient of the Mac Bowman Scholar Athlete Award her senior year and was also selected as a senior adopter. For many summers, Mary Claire attended Athens Y Camp in Clarkesville, Ga., first as a camper and later as a counselor. Mary Claire was presented in the fall of 2003 at the Augusta Symphony Guild Cotillion. She graduated in December of 2007 from the University of Georgia with a degree in sociology. While at UGA, Mary Claire was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She was employed by Baker and Taylor, Inc. in Commerce.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her children, Maggie Smith, Austin Smith, and Colt Smith of Commerce, Ga.; one sister Sara Neal Lokey (Cameron) of Augusta; aunts and uncles include Nan and Billy Tam and Carrie and Linton Neal of Thomson, one great aunt Ivalee Meadows, of Atlanta, and a number of cousins.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, in Westview Cemetery, with Rev. Tom A. Kerr and Rev. David G. Bowen officiating.

If so desired, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Web posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008

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