Marjorie Diane Smith, age 87 passed away on Friday, November 27, 2020 at her home in Savannah, TN surrounded by her family. Marjorie was born on February 25, 1933 in LeFlore County, MS to Hugh C. Earls and Eldee Earls.  She was wed on May 25, 1956 to David T. Smith her childhood sweetheart.  To their union was born 8 children, 4 girls (Alpha, Karen, Wanner and Eleanor), 4 boys (Reginald, David Jr, Hugh and Robert). They enjoyed 63 years of marriage together. Marjorie followed in her father’s footsteps and went on to become a Chef by trade where she worked in the industry for over 50 years.  She was a Christian and attended the Church of Christ.  She had a passion for cooking and a big heart for helping people.  She believed in feeding the body and the soul.  She was known in the communities that she lived in for her food and hospitality outside of her work.  She never met a stranger and was known lovingly to children in the neighborhood as “momma”.  Her house was always full of people and kids.  She had a motto; “You never know whose life you can touch with a little kindness”.  She had a big imagination, great sense of humor, a beautiful smile and a loving spirit.  She loved all the neighborhood children and would treat them as her own, that also meant that she would spank the hiney if you were disobedient.  Marjorie was the Big Momma in the neighborhood, so you definitely got a lotta love too. Marjorie was preceded in death by her father, Hugh C. Earls; mother, Eldee Earls; husband David T. Smith, Sr.; sisters, Rose Barber; Joerene McClair and Eleanor Collins; brothers, Tommy Earls and Hampton Earls; son, Reginald Smith; grandsons, Derrick Bey; Xavier Bey; ViengSavahn Smith; Kyron White and great grandson, Tyler Bey.  She is survived by her seven children, Alpha Marie Smith; Karen Denise Ketthavong; Wanner Jean (Tommy) Spann; David Thurmon (Karla) Smith, Jr.; Hugh Conner Smith; Robert Kenneth (Carolyn) Smith; Eleanor LaToya (Hollis, Sr) Taylor; grandchildren, Ramon C. (Crystal) Smith; Marjorie D. Morgan; Terrence D. (LaToya) Bey; Somsanith Smith; Tyrhonda Showers; Yachan Showers; Prince Thomas; Kyre J. (Myra) Rowell-Smith; Julian Smith; Dartanion Smith; Anasir Cobb; Gregory Webb; Kiara Cobb; Rodney J. Moore, Jr.; Sanaa J. Moore; Christopher R. Rice; Gregory E. Shepherd, Jr; Iesha Shepherd; Keosha (Tyrone) Taylor; Hollis A. Taylor, Jr; Andre Amons; Ashley Amons; great-grandchildren, Charles Fleming; Aryon Smith; Anissa Smith; Amyah Smith; Amonta Smith; Ramon Smith, Jr.; Kenise Smith; Aurora Bey; D’ontaye Davis; Alazee Bey; Damari Bey; JaMonte Shepherd-Wells; JaMarrea Shepherd-Wells; Tyrone Taylor, III; Kenji Taylor; Sahi Bey; Ruby Gomez; Angelo Gomez; Gregory Shepherd, III; Zimyah Shepherd, great-great grandchildren, Sincere Bell; Erinay Dukes; Everick Dukes, Jr; Corinthian Davis; Amani Kellogg. Visitation will be held at O’Connor-Leetz Funeral Home, 364 Division St., Elgin, IL on Monday, December 7 between 10:00 o’clock am and 12:00 o’clock, noon. Burial will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL at 2:30 pm and will be private. O’Connor – Leetz Funeral Home shall be compliant with the CDC recommendations on social distancing and the merits of health and safety for all its employees, patrons, and visitors of the funeral home.  Entry will be limited to ten persons and visitors will be expected to engage only in brief salutation to the immediate family and kindly exit, thus, allowing others to enter.  We require that visitors bring their own PPE, maintain separation, and refrain from touching.  Food and drink is prohibited. Please call 847-741-1400 with any questions or concerns.

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