Obituary and funeral service: Charmaine McKinney Smith, 49, of Monroe

Celebrating her life

On February 26, 1971, our angel, Charmaine McKinney was born. The only child to loving parents of Ms. Birda Simmons and Mr. Ronald McKinney

The family traveled to different states throughout Charmaine’s youth – from Illinois to Texas; then, settling in Georgia. She moved to the city of Smyrna and made it her home and destination. Once settled, Charmaine began her secondary education at Southern Polytechnic State University (currently known as Kennesaw State University-Marietta Campus) and during her matriculation at SPSU, she became President of the National Society of Black Engineers and led the organization to reach new heights.

While searching for spiritual guidance, she frequented Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church and eventually made it her church home. To know Charmaine, you can attest that she never met a stranger; therefore, she made many life-long friends while attending SPSU, including her soulmate Bruce Smith. In 1995, Charmaine graduated from SPSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Management. On December 9, 1995, Charmaine McKinney wed the love of her life, her best friend, Bruce Smith and they moved to Monroe, GA and made it their home for over 20 years.

Throughout her professional career, Charmaine has worked at several large companies, such as Nabisco, Pilgrim’s Pride, Cooper Industries and finally becoming self-employed and owner of Bruce’sSweet Sensations Bakery and Café, where she became a major pillar within the business community. She and Bruce also found a new church home with Lighthouse World Outreach Center, where they found spiritual guidance, growth and a family atmosphere.

While finding her footing in life, on March 31, 2011, Charmaine and Bruce were blessed with an amazing son, Allen James Smith, affectionately known as “A.J”. He was the perfect addition to their already wonderful, giving and loving life.

With so many people visiting her business daily, Charmaine always greeted them with an infectious smile and heart-warming conversation. Those who were blessed to cross paths with her, enjoyed those interactions and reciprocated. Charmaine was known for her kind-heartedness and she lived a life of service to others with the hope of impacting the lives of those she touched. She treated everyone with dignity, honor and respect and possessed the unique gift to make the light in others shine brighter.

After fulfilling the purpose of Our Heavenly Father assigned to her, our BELOVED Charmaine McKinney Smith made her final transition into eternal rest Friday, February 28, 2020. She leaves in Our Heavenly Father’s care to cherish her loving memory: Parents Birda Simmons and RonaldMcKinney; Husband, Bruce Smith; Son, Allen James Smith; Aunts and Uncles, Hattie (Sheaffer) Ashmon, Willa Jernigan, William (Mary) Simmons; Mother-in-Law, Ola Mae Smith; Father-in-Law, David (Almether) McClain; Sister-in-Law, Katrina (Antonious) Cutter, LaRhonda Smith, Whitney Smith; Brother-in-Law, Marlick (Rosenna) McClain, Desmond Smith, Bernard Smith; Cousins, Rev. Patrice Beamon, Erica McKinney-Jackson, Mark (Shavonne) Ashmon, Yolanda Abdullah, Kathy Watkins, Maria Glover, Nicole Bostic, LaTrelle Smith-Blalock, Rhonda (Becky) Smith, Ronald Norris, Zeyad Matlock. Along with a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family, friends and her community whom she loved and adored.

There are those whose lives, death cannot diminish. Their love radiates forever in the hearts of family and friends. Charmaine lived each day of her life to the fullest and her spirit will live on through all the lives she touched. There are those whose lives, death cannot diminish. Their love radiates forever in the hearts of family and friends. Charmaine lived each day of her life to the fullest and her spirit will live on through all the lives she touched.

There will be a public viewing from 12 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. *Family hour is from 6 – 8 p.m. but the community is welcome to attend and fellowship with the family. The viewing will be at Young Levett Funeral Home located at 129 West Washington St. in Monroe. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at Lighthouse World Outreach Center located at 609 Gene Bell Road, NE in Monroe. Interment will follow at Hill Haven Memory Gardens at 490 Edmondson Road, Monroe.

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