Edwin Smith

Edwin Mac Smith

Tuesday, April 7th, 1936 - Saturday, May 16th, 2020
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Ranburne - Edwin Mac Smith was born on April 7th, 1936 in Abernathy, Cleburne County, Alabama to Arthur Hurston Smith and Sephia Mae McGriff Smith.

Mac was a graduate of Ranburne High School, Southern Union State Community College and The University of West Georgia.

Mac served 21 years in the US Army and Alabama National Guard.

Mac spent his life in service to his country and his community. Mac served as Probate Judge of Cleburne County. Mac also taught science at Cleburne County High School. He was a board member of the Alabama Horse Council. He was a charter member and President of the Cheaha Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. Mac belonged to the Jamestown Society, Magna Charta Dames & Barons, Order of the Crown of Charlemagne, War of 1812, Sons &Daughters of the Pilgrims.

Mac was a member, and past deacon of Ranburne First Baptist Church. Mac was a member of the Heflin Masonic Lodge.

A life long farmer, he raised and showed Lipizzan horses at Springstone Farm.

Mac passed on May 16th, 2020 after a short battle with Leukemia. He is survived by his wife Annette Edgeworth Smith; daughters Alicia Hendrix (Ron), Melody Walker (Scott); grandchildren Austin Brooks (Hope), Andrew Brooks, Gabby Hendrix, one great grandson Max Brooks, sister Karon Smith Luiz (Dan), and aunts Agnus Rundus and Carolyn Cantrell.

Visitation will be Tuesday 19th, 2020 from 9:30 am until the funeral at 11 Alabama time at Ranburne First Baptist Church. Graveside will follow at Macedonia cemetery (Cleburne Co).

Due to Covid19, the family asks that you come but observe social distancing while in attendance.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
    Ranburne First Baptist Church
    2700 Frank Ledbetter Memorial Drive
    Ranburne, AL 36273
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 11:00am
    Ranburne First Baptist Church
    2700 Frank Ledbetter Memorial Drive
    Ranburne, AL 36273
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. James Benefield
    Rev. Jeff Coker
    Rev. Chris Jackson
  • Interment

    Macedonia Cemetery
    3920 Co. Rd. 48
    Ranburne, AL 36273
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Private Condolence

Grant Nichols

Posted at 11:45am
I was sorry to hear of Mr. Smith's illness and passing, and regret that I could not attend the visitation and services. My prayers and condolences are extended to you all, his family. I have fond memories of him as my 7th grade science teacher, and he stands out as one of my most influential teachers. I learned a lot about basic science from him (as well as a lot about Cleburne County history and culture), and he made it fun and interesting. i remember one of our projects was to collect and identify 50 leaves and 50 insects, and since I didn't know to put the insects in alcohol first (I just pinned them on the board), they stunk to high heaven by the time I turned them in. I remember him saying, "Mr. Nichols, maybe think about next time, putting them in some alcohol." Then, when I began as a substitute bus driver in the 11th grade (and yes, that was allowed back then), he was the first one to call me to fill in for him one day early on (even before I had been to formal bus driving school, and yes, that too, was allowed back then if you grew up in the country). I showed up at his house that morning, and he said, "Here it is, have at it" and "so-and-so will get on first; she'll tell you your stops." Then, he got me out of many typing classes my senior year to go pick his bus up, go the elementary school to pick up, and then bring it to the high school, where we would then swap out for him to drive his route home. For that, I am eternally grateful (but my typing teacher Mrs. Payne was NOT), because I detested typing (on second thought, maybe Mrs. Payne was more grateful than I thought). I am so glad we got to reconnect some in recent years when I would see him from time to time, often at Dwight and Sue Byrd's. He was a good man and a good teacher, who had a far-reaching influence on me. He is cherished and will be missed. Again, I am praying for you to have God's comfort during this time.

Sharon Brown

Posted at 04:43pm
I remember him so well as a teacher and in the probate office. He was a very sweet man and loved by his students. I will be praying for the family as they deal with this huge loss.

Alan Gardner

Posted at 02:35am
I remember his 7th grade science class and those awful invests we had to catch, LOL, pin to styro foam, and label. #Trisha Reid and I served as teacher assistants for him later and I was lucky enough to also have him as my bus driver.

In this life, especially in our earlier years, we often don’t see the adult examples who impact the people we become, but Mac Smith was definitely one of those rare individuals who, through his kindness and patience, made us all better!

He will be missed, and heaven just gained another awesome teacher!!

Heartfelt condolences.
Alan Gardner

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