Cheryl M. Smith, 55, of Columbus, GA died Saturday, February 6, 2021 peacefully at her home.
A celebration of Cheryl’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Living Way Foursquare Church (7320 Whitesville Rd. Columbus, GA 31904). Her youngest brother, Rev. Brad Melton will officiate according to McMullen Funeral Home and Crematory. The family invites attendees who would feel safer at home due to the pandemic to please join them on Facebook Live for a virtual broadcast of the service at the link below. The family will receive in person visitation briefly following the service. In keeping with the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 facemasks and social distancing will be required for the funeral service and visitation. KN95 masks will be provided for all in person attendees to wear during the service and to keep for their personal use. Cloth masks may be worn over the KN95 mask for additional protection.
Cheryl was born May 13, 1965 in Martinsburg, WV to the late Rev. Ralph Melton and Shirley Morlock Melton. She was an amazing mother, wife, sister, daughter, Gigi, and friend. She had an outgoing personality and a loving spirit. She loved spending time with her family and serving others. She worked at Columbus Hospiceas a Registered Nurse for 17 years in many dynamic roles and is fondly remembered as “one of the good ones” by her peers. Cheryl loved to cook, especially for her friends and family, and hosted many wonderful holidays and pool parties. She brought people together, and made others feel comfortable and loved. She was an incredible influencer of hope and healing both personally and professionally. She was laidback, had a great sense of humor, and she loved to laugh. Cheryl dedicated her life to her family, her friends, and her career. Although her passing was sudden, and her presence will be so sorely missed, her family is comforted to know that she is now with God.
Cheryl is survived by her husband of 21 years, Cary A. Smith, Sr., and her children and grandchildren, Zachary E. Papageorge and his wife Jessy and their sons- Elias, Asen, and Isaac Papageorge, Benjamin E. Papageorge and his partner Tori Hunt, Matthew L. Smith, and CJ Smith and his wife Karen and their daughter- Hazel Smith. She is also survived by her brothers, Ralph “Bud” Melton, Jr. and his wife Kathy, Bill Melton and his wife Tammy, and Bradley Melton and his wife Cheri, as well as her nieces, nephews and other family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made in her memory to Columbus Hospice online at https://www.columbushospice.com/donate or in person at 7020 Moon Rd. Columbus, GA 31909.
Facebook Live event for virtual service: https://www.facebook.com/events/998455030679134/?ti=ls
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