Jackie (Barber) Heath-SmithApril 20, 1937 ~ September 20, 2015 (age 78)
Jacklon (Jackie) Barber Heath Smith was born April 20, 1937 in Gulf Hammock, FL to Thad and Alice (Doll) Barber. She passed away at her home in Gulf Hammock on Sept. 20, 2015. She was one of eleven children. Jackie married Roy Heath on April 20, 1955 and they had five children: Danny Heath, Darrell Heath (wife Daphne), Ilene Heath Polo (husband Todd), Billy Heath (wife Mary Alice) and Milton Heath, who preceded her in death. She had eight grandchildren: Danny Heath Jr (wife Shae), Candace Heath (who also preceded her in death), Josh Heath, Jordan Polo, Nicci Polo Johns (husband Chris), Faith Heath, Grace Heath and Brett Heath. She also had 7 great-grandchildren: Madison Heath, Savanna Heath, Brooklyn Heath, Novalee Polo, Jeremiah Johns, Blake Johns and Abby Johns. She is also survived by her husband, Robert Smith.
Jackie retired from the Levy County School Board where she worked for years as a bus driver and lunchroom worker. She loved serving others and her passion for cooking will be missed by many. She selflessly gave of her time and talents. Jackie also loved watching sports (Go Florida Gators), the home shopping network, HGTV and the jewelry channel. If you stopped by for a visit you would probably find her watching a show on one of these channels. She would mute the tv just long enough to tell you the latest joke she had heard. She loved laughter and rarely would you spend any time with her where laughter wasn’t present. Jackie also enjoyed going shopping, only she called it junkin’, and spending time with her friends and family.
Jackie lived a full life and will be missed by all who knew her. While our hearts certainly hurt we are all better for having known her. Perhaps the greatest lesson she taught us was the importance of love. This passage of scripture sums up her life well. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept 22, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Wed, Sept 23, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Bronson at 11:00 AM with a one hour visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at the Rosemary Hill Cemetery in Bronson.
Arrangements are under the care of Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Home, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, FL 32626, 352-493-0050.