Willie Ruth Smith was born on September 8, 1931 to Millie Green in Leary, Georgia.
At an early age she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. She became a member of Bethel CME church. When Willie Ruth turned seventeen years old, she moved to Pensacola, Florida; where she joined St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church. During her time in Florida, she met Henry Smith and they were joined in holy matrimony on March 14, 1983. She was a faithful wife and member of the church she also served on the usher ministry. Years started to pass and her health began to decline, so she moved back home to be closer with her family. On Saturday night of May 1, 2021 Ruth’s earthly journey had ended, when she answered the Master’s call to come home.
She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Smith, a son Edward Mallory, Sr. and two siblings Harold J. Williams, and Hilton W. Williams, Sr.
Willie Ruth leaves to cherish a life of love, three grandchildren, Reginald Hendrieth, Edward Mallory, Jr; and Angelica Mallory. Four sisters and two brothers, Louise Williams, Millie W. Brown, and Martha W. Wallace all of Albany Ga; Johnny Mae Williams of Roosevelt, New York; Elijah Williams of Leesburg, Georgia, and John L. Williams of Albany Georgia, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.