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Wanda Lea Smiley Sutherland

June 18, 1951 January 6, 2019
Wanda Lea Smiley Sutherland
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Obituary for Wanda Lea Smiley Sutherland

Ms. Wanda Lea Smiley Sutherland, 67 of Blackshear, passed away early Sunday morning, January 6, 2019, at her mother’s residence following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Waycross, GA on June 18, 1951, she had lived in Chicago, IL prior to moving to Blackshear in 1994. Ms. Sutherland was a 1969 graduate of Cocoa High School and had been a secretary/bookkeeper for Hamilton Electronics until becoming ill. She was of the Baptist faith and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Her hobbies included reading, working puzzles, especially Soduku, fishing, collecting lighthouse and hummingbird figurines, and eating Almond Joy or Mounds candy.

She was preceded in death by her father, George Chyler Smiley, and by her son-in-law, Perry Crews.

Survivors include three daughters, Amity Pauley, Kaleah Pauley, and Jennifer Crews all of Blackshear; her son and daughter-in-law, Shane & Tish Lovell of New York, NY; her mother, Clarice Taylor Smiley of Blackshear; a sister, Ada Wynelle Harjula of Blackshear; two brothers, George (Sherry) Smiley and Lamar (Kathy) Smiley all of Blackshear; 5 grandsons, Zack Lovell, Nathan Lovell, Patrick Crews, Marcus Crews, and William Crews; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A memorial service for Ms. Sutherland will be held Wednesday morning, January 9, 2019, at 11 o’clock from the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 407, Blackshear, GA 31516 or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501.

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Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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11:00 AM 1/9/2019 11:00:00 AM
Pearson-Dial Chapel

659 Main Street
PO Box 375
Blackshear, Georgia 31516

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