Aug. 12, 1937 – June 10, 2022
Janet Sullivan Smith was born Aug. 12, 1937, in Tylertown to Thomas Alvin and Edith Sullivan. She died July 10, 2022. Services were July 13, 2022, at Hartman Jones Funeral Home, burial in Rushing cemetery, Rev. Scott Johnson officiating.
She was a 1955 graduate of Tylertown High School. She graduated from Gilfoy School of Nursing at MS Baptist Hospital as a registered nurse in 1958. Mrs. Smith worked as a surgical/recovery room nurse in New London, CN and Pascagoula. She retired from Walthall County Hospital in Tylertown in 2000 after 25 years of service as an RN case manager.
Mrs. Smith was a member of Tylertown Baptist Church, church choir, and the ladies ensemble “Joyful Hearts”.
She married James W. (Jim) Smith Nov. 1, 1958, and they were happily married for 56 years until his death in 2014. She managed their household during her husband’s long tours of duty at sea with his Navy career. Following his retirement, they moved back to Tylertown in 1972.
She enjoyed playing word games on her IPAD, researching her family genealogy, and hand stitching beautiful quilts and baking. She was known for her caramel cake and her buttermilk pound cake.
She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Alvin and Edith Sullivan, her husband James W. (Jim) Smith, sister Shirley (died age 5), brother Jerry Sullivan (Ellen Sullivan), brothers-in-law Charles May, Virgil Brawley, and a great granddaughter Allie Shepherd.
She is survived by daughter Julie Shepherd (Mark), grandsons J.T. (Lindsay), Jacob (Daley), Clay (Christy), great grandson Ethan, great granddaughter Stella, sisters Ellen May, Anne Brawley (Steve Chester), four nieces Lisa May, Renee Whiteside (Tom), Lee Ellen McDonald (John), Lynn Barnes (Paul), great niece Jessi Hutson (Josh), and longtime friend John Martin.
Pallbearers were J.T. Shepherd, Jacob Shepherd, Clay Shepherd, Steven Melton, Josh Hutson and Jerry Rushing.
Honorary pallbearers were John Martin, Paul Barnes and James Stinson.
Hartman-Jones Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.