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Charlotte Gunn Smoak


PINEWOOD - Charlotte Gunn Smoak, 85, widow of James Herbert Smoak Sr., died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late James F. Gunn Sr. and Sarah Cogburn Gunn Lorenson. She was a member of Pinewood Baptist Church, where she was in the Bessie Ruth Circle and was very active with the hostess committee. She retired from Sumter School District 2, where she was the secretary at Furman High School and was a lifetime member of the Educators Office Professionals.

Mrs. Smoak was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was a volunteer at Tuomey for 13 years. She was an avid bridge player and was a member of several bridge clubs.

Survivors include six children, Joyce Smith (Robbie) of Pinewood, Janice Bennett (Mick) of Dillon, Colorado, James Herbert "Jim" Smoak (Chrissy) of Pinewood, Julia Tingen (Brick) of Spartanburg, Joseph C. "Joey" Smoak (Chris) of Pinewood and Jonathan "Jon" Smoak (Lisa) of Sumter; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, James F. Gunn Jr. of Miami, Florida; and a sister, Barbara Jo Kirk of Sun City, Florida.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Thomas Smoak; and two sisters, Elizabeth Lois Gunn and Rebecca Anne Gunn.

Funeral services for Charlotte Gunn Smoak will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at Pinewood Baptist Church with the Rev. Kirk Carlisle and the Rev. Bennie Barwick officiating. Burial will be in Pinewood Cemetery.

Jimmy Barwick, Jimmy Charles, Leslie McIntosh, Buddy Avins, Steve Barwick, Bill Oswald, Bruce Bennett and Bill Carlisle will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Pinewood Baptist Church, P.O. Box 176, Pinewood, SC 29125-0176.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Kent Cunningham, Dr. Strat Stavrou and Dr. Billy Clowney.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements for Charlotte Gunn Smoak.



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