2017-09-21 / Obituaries

Laura Owens Stevens Smathers

Graveside services for Laura Owens Stevens Smathers, 70, of Sharon Road in Washington were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Resthaven Cemetery. She died Friday, September 15, 2017, at her home.

Laura was born in Wilkes County and had lived here most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Bill and Carrie Bell Vandiver Owens. She was the widow of Steve Smathers, and was the store manager for Stevens Grocery in Ficklen for a number of years. She was a member of the Ficklen Prebyterian Church, where she served as an Elder.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Mel Stevens Jr. (Paula) of Washington, and John Daniel Stevens (Jodi) of Oxford; one brother, Franklin Owens (Sue) of Texas; her best friend and ex-husband, Bobby Stevens, of Washington; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Laura was preceded in death by hers and Bobby’s infant son, Charles Raymond Stevens.

Pallbearers were C.J. Gilland, Philip Stevens, Ricky Dingler, Steve Broome, Buddy Price, and Crayton Young.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ficklen Presbyterian Church, c/o Mike Eskew, 214 Water Street, Washington, GA 30673.

Hopkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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