Martha Ruth (Rainwater) Smith

Born: Sat., Dec. 20, 1930
Died: Mon., May 9, 2016


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., May 13, 2016
Location: Powelton Baptist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., May 13, 2016
Location: Powelton Baptist Church

Print Obituary   Home Page All Obituaries


Martha Ruth Rainwater Smith

Martha Ruth Rainwater Smith of Lilburn, GA, formerly of Powelton, GA died Monday, May 9, 2016, at Killian Hill Personal Care Home in Lilburn at the age of 85.  Mrs. Smith was born to the late William Pryor Rainwater and Ethel Matilda Rocker Rainwater in Powelton, GA, on December 20, 1930.  As a child she attended Powelton Baptist Church and after moving to Florida she was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Deland, where she participated in many church activities.  She graduated from Murphy High School in Atlanta, GA in 1949, where she was a member of the Beta Club and other organizations. She attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1957 and Stetson University in Deland, FL in 1969, where she majored in elementary education. She was also certified in early childhood education and learning disabilities.  Most of her working career was spent in the Volusia County School System, as an elementary school teacher. While living in Deland, Florida on the St. John’s River, she opened her home up to local college students.  To this day she has remained friends with many of those students.  Mrs. Smith was very religious and active in her church and was always praying for her family and friends. 

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank Killian Hill Personal Care Home and their staff for their loving care and kindness.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by all of her siblings, Grace Rainwater Meador, Myra Catherine Langley, Emily Nell Bentley, Jennie V. Wheeler, William Burwell Rainwater, Albert Allen Rainwater and George Harmon Rainwater.  She is survived by a number of beloved nieces and nephews; and many other family members and cherished friends.

Funeral Services will be held, Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Powelton Baptist Church, 5 Jones Bridge Road, Sparta, GA 31087, with David Williams officiating.  Interment will follow in the Powelton Community Cemetery, 25065 Sparta Road S.E., Powelton, GA.  The family will receive friends Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time for the service at Powelton Baptist Church.  The family requests any donations may be made to Powelton Baptist Church, c/o Jackie Butts, 4316 Sparta Road S.E., Crawfordville, GA 30631.  Callaway Funeral Home, 208 N. Rhodes Street, Union Point, GA, (706) 486-4138, is in charge of arrangements.  Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


Click for printable service program
Click to send flowers using our local area florist
Free delivery to our funeral home & save on wire fees
View/Sign the Guest Book

Click the button to generate a printable document containing all condolences submitted

Condolence Booklet

Donna M Jensen
   Posted Sat May 21, 2016
I just read it & I'm sad to hear of Ruth's passing. I send my thoughts & prayers to her family & to all who loved her. I too loved Ruth. She was an amazing & loving woman with a huge heart for God & people.

We were prayer partners for years & her ongoing prayers were always for all her (very loved) family members. She especially prayed that all her loved ones would choose to be be a part of God's family. She didn't want any to be left out. She always prayed & sought to be closer & closer to Jesus, her Lord & Savior.

Ruth was known for her southern CHARM & HOSPITALITY. I spent many evenings at her home for pot-luck suppers, doing Bible Studies, & watching the boat parade. She allowed my husband & I to help her around the house some in her later years.

Ruth was a leader & a driving force for good & for God's will within our church. She was a mentor & role model for us younger women & was always introducing people she thought would work well together. Doing this resulted in much great work for God in the church & beyond.

She was instrumental in helping & praying for the opening of a pregnancy center in DeLand & her prayers were answered. Ruth supported Grace House Pregnancy Center from 2000 until she moved to Georgia in her recent years.

Though I am sad about her leaving, I am thrilled that she is finally seeing Jesus face-to-face & being very close to Him! That was something she looked forward to.

I will miss her gentle, eager spirit.

Donna Jensen
DeLand, Florida

Jane Canfield
   Posted Tue May 24, 2016
Praying for the family at the difficult time.

Ruth was such an inspiration, mentor and fellow prayer partner to me while we lived in DeLand, FL. Always so generous allowing me to collect citrus from her many trees...and the Key Lime Pies she would make for my husband! He would never turn one down!!

We spent many hours together and even had prayer time together on the telephone! What a wonderful lady who was filled by the Holy Spirit and did much to further the Kingdom of God!

She will be missed here on earth, but I know she is with the Lord Jesus Christ and I will look forward to seeing her again!

Jane Canfield
Harper, TX