We mournfully announce the passing of our aunt, Joan Wyatt Smith, 89, of Mobile, Alabama. Jo passed away on Monday, October 25, 2021, after a brief illness.
The world became a little brighter on December 6, 1931, with the birth of Mary Joan Wyatt , third child of Ira Dewey Wyatt and Louella Fairley Wyatt, in Citronelle, Alabama. Jo was a charming child who excelled in school. In high school she was a cheerleader for the Citronelle Wildcats, and graduated in 1948 when she was 16 years old.
Her education continued at the University of Alabama where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. While at U of A, she attended a football game at Livingston University , where she met the love of her life, James H. "Jimmy" Smith, Jr. Jo and Jimmy married in 1950, and enjoyed an active and entertaining life together until his death in 2001.
Spending most of her married life in Mobile, Jo was busily involved in many organizations. Those included Art Patrons League, Historic Mobile Preservation Society, Mobile Infirmary Auxiliary, Mobile College Auxiliary, Florence Crittenton Home, Harlequins, and Bon Vivants. She was a longtime member of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Country Club of Mobile, Sky Ranch Garden Club, and "Ten O'Clock Scholars" Association. She Loved Mobile.
Her Favorite hobbies were golf and tennis. She excelled at both. She also enjoyed cheering for Bama's football team, traveling world-wide with her husband, and annually visiting her extended family at Salem Methodist Camp Meeting in Lucedale, Mississippi.
Though Jo never had children of her own, she was dearly loved by her four nieces, Judy, Susan, Martha and Bettye Jo, and hundreds of children blessed to have had her as their elementary school teacher.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Smith, her parents, Dewey and Louella Wyatt, her brother, James D. "Jimmy" Wyatt (Virginia Speer Wyatt), and her sister, Olive Elizabeth "Bettye" Wyatt Rogers.
She will be dearly missed and always remembered by her nieces, Judy Wyatt Humphrey (John), Susan Wyatt Hurley (Douglas), Martha Wyatt Boothe, and Bettye Jo Rogers.
Six great -nephews and their wives and children will miss their loving Aunt Jo. They will often hear stories of her gracious acts of kindness and the joy of being with her family. She was "The Hostess with the Mostest !".
Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 12noon. The family will receive friends from 11 am until service time Monday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Mobile Memorial Gardens.