Martha Ruth (Rainwater) Smith

December 20, 1930 ~ May 9, 2016 (age 85)

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.


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