The beloved daughter of Charlie and Eva Shipp Smith, Mrs. Smith was a Columbus native who was a 1963 graduate of Carver High School. She obtained her Bachelor and Masters degrees from Tuskegee University. A classroom educator for over 34 years, Mrs. Smith retired from the Muscogee County Schools. Her last tenure was at Spencer High School.
She was a member of St. James CME Church where she served with the Stewardess Ministry and with the Missionary Society. She was also a member of the Tuskegee University Alumni Association, the Georgia Retired Teachers Association, the Georgia and National Educators Associations, and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard McGhee. Surviving her departure with cherished memories include: four aunts, Ida High, Emma Fullwood, Vera Flowers and Betty McCluster; an uncle, David Grier (Loretta); devoted cousins, Linda Bell and Kathy Flowers; a host of other cousins and family members and friends.