Mrs. Carol Chapman Smith

Mrs. Carol Chapman Smith, age 75 of Rockmart, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2022 at Wesley Woods of Newnan with family surrounding her.

Mrs. Smith was born March 29, 1947 in Anderson, SC, daughter of the late J. Wilbur Chapman and the late Myra Kay Chapman of Hartwell, GA.  She graduated from Hart County High School in 1965 and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1969 with a degree in Art and Interior Design.  

Mrs. Smith married the late Steven (Steve) Bennett Smith on July 20,1969. They shared 42 wonderful years together.  She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Rockmart where she served in various children’s ministries including Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, AWANA, and as a chaperone for various youth trips.  She prepared meals for people and organized the serving of meals whenever there was a need within the church.  She was a faithful member of the church handbell choir.  She used her artistic talents and interior design skills within the church and community in many different ways.  

To know Carol was to love her.  She was genuine, kind, loving, caring, giving, and welcoming.  She had a smile and joyful spirit that would brighten your day.  She was continually blessing others with her time and talents.  She loved all people and would do anything for anyone.  She was gifted artistically in many ways and used these gifts to bless others.  She also enjoyed helping and working at the family store, Smith-Lockwood Drug Store.  

As Alzheimer’s disease gradually robbed her of physical and mental capacities, she never lost her sweet spirit.  She resided at Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City for the past 10 years.  She received phenomenal love and care from the staff at Wesley Woods, the staff from Homestead Hospice, and her loving daughters.  

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, J. Wilbur and Myra Kay Chapman; her loving husband, Steven (Steve) Bennett Smith; mother-in-law and father-in-law O.E. and Winnie Smith; sister-in-laws Rae Smith and Liliane Chapman; brother-in-law Dr. Paul Smith; nephews Brad Chapman, Eric Chapman, and Bryan Smith.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her two daughters and grandchildren, Sondi Smith Vest, her husband David, and their children Bennett and Thomas of Rockmart, and Alexa Smith Lucas, her husband Brian, and their children Emma and Carter of Newnan; her brothers Kay Chapman of Hartwell, Harry Chapman (wife Angela) of Franklin, TN, and Buck Chapman (wife Rita) of Hartwell; and multiple nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 12 noon at First Baptist Church of Rockmart with Rev. Jason Odom and Rev. Whit Chapman (nephew) officiating. A eulogy will be given by Harry Chapman (brother) and Alexa Smith Lucas (daughter).  Interment service will follow in the family lot at Rose Hill Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church of Rockmart on Friday prior to the service from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral hour.

The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers:  Bennett Vest, Thomas Vest, Carter Lucas, Dr. Mark Smith, Andy Chapman and Tyler Chapman.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in memory of Mrs. Smith to the First Baptist Church, Whole Heart Building Fund/Playground, P. O. Box 388, Rockmart, GA 30153 or online at   

Freeman Harris Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral service for Mrs. Carol Chapman Smith.

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