Farming Rural 07

Orville Thomas Smith

November 30, 1949 ~ August 3, 2019 (age 69)


Orville Thomas Smith, age 69 of Clarkesville, Georgia passed away on Saturday, August 03, 2019 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Born in Clayton, Georgia on November 30, 1949, he was a son of the late Orville Wayne & Verna Mae Kilby Smith. Thomas was a machinist for many years at Piedmont Automotive, owner/operator of The Finish Coat, and worked part-time for Quality Foods. He was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Clarkesville where he served as head usher and was a part of the Band of Brothers Men’s Ministry.

In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Jimmy Shiflet & Edsel Shiflet.

Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Kathryn Shiflet Smith of Clarkesville, GA; sons, Erik Smith & Shane Smith, both of Clarkesville, GA; sister & brother-in-law, Sharon & Ricky Taylor of Mt. Airy, GA; uncle & spouse, Carlos & Sherry Kilby; sister-in-law, Melinda Shiflet of Toccoa, GA; niece, Christen Shiflet; nephews, Charlie Shiflet, Corey Shiflet, Payton Taylor, & Patrick Taylor; cousin, Pam Williams Cooper & husband, John Cooper & their daughter, Cecila.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 07, 2019 from the Bethlehem Baptist Church with Bishop Rayburne Wilson, Dr. Craig Ward, and Rev. Chip Cranford officiating. Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel of Clarkesville, Georgia (706) 754-6256



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August 6, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hillside Memorial Chapel

Funeral Service
August 7, 2019

11:00 AM
Bethlehem Baptist Church
624 Highway 197 North
Clarkesville, GA 30523

Interment following service
August 7, 2019

Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery
624 Highway 197 North
Clarkesville, GA 30523

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