Susan Smith


Susan Ward Smith, 70, went to Heaven on Monday, October 18, 2021. She was born on December 13, 1950, in Newberry, SC, to the late Frank and Clara Ward.


 Susan was a dental hygienist for 50 years. She loved the dental profession and found great joy in taking care of her patients. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Newberry. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, and making others smile. Her caring heart and beautiful spirit set her apart. Her family was her pride and joy and she adored being Nana to her six grandchildren. Susan always left a little bit of sunshine wherever she went.


 She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Steve "Byrd" Smith, daughters Kayce Rutledge (Ray) and Megan Zepeda (Lou), and grandchildren Garrett, Haley, Audrey, Judson, Landon, Remi, and sisters Gail and Janet Ward.


 Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Newberry. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall after the service.


 In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to LifeBridge of Newberry, 1510 Main Street Newberry, SC 29108 or First Baptist Church of Newberry Relocation Fund, 1020 Boundary Street Newberry, SC 29108.


 Published as a courtesy of McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.



#38 Randy Berry 2021-10-26 21:40
Byrd and family,
My deepest sympathy as you mourn . My memories of Susan go all the way back to our childhood in West End. She was always sweet and kind , and so considerate of others. I know she loved God and her family with all her heart. I will pray for you as you process all this heartache.
#37 Mary Alice Smith Ramsey 2021-10-25 10:48
I am deeply saddened to learn of Susan's death. Debbie Bearden called me this morning and I am in shock. Susan was such a dear lady and although we lost close touch in the past years I will always remember her fondly. Byrd you and your family are in my prayers during this sad time. Susan's battle is now over she is in heaven as she always knew she would be. Love to each of you.
#36 Bridget Carey 2021-10-25 09:28
Susan was a ray of sunshine and always had a kind word and a smile wherever she went.
You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
May light eternal shine upon her.
#35 Bryan Linville 2021-10-23 15:16
Oh Steve so so sorry to hear about Susan. Losing a spouse is never easy and I cannot begin to imagine how much agony you must be feeling, but please find peace in that she is in a better place with the Lord now. Byrd, know I am thinking and praying for you to find comfort now and in the days ahead.
Bryan Linville
#34 Gabie Folk 2021-10-23 13:41
Mrs. Susan had a heart of gold. I always enjoyed stopping and chatting with her when I'd see
her on her porch! She will be missed
tremendously! My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this most difficult time.
#33 Kevin & Johnette S. Kinard 2021-10-23 13:17
We are so very sorry to hear of Susan’s passing. We have many fond memories of Susan’s kindness and infectious laugh. We always enjoyed our visits with her when we were at mom and dads lake house. We will continue keeping you all of our prayers during this difficult time.

Kevin, Johnette, Ashlyn, Braxton & Jayden Kinard
#32 Ann Leopard Slice 2021-10-23 12:53
I am so sorry to hear of Susan's death. I loved watching all three of Frank and Clara's girls grow up and become such lovely and talented women. Susan's family certainly has my sincerest sympathy and my prayers for healing in this time of sorrow.
#31 Rene Neel 2021-10-23 12:05
Thinking of you all during this sad and difficult time. She had such a beautiful and contagious smile. Thoughts and prayers today and in the coming days ahead. May God hold each of you in his loving arms and give you comfort and peace.
Russel & Rene, Ryan, and Ross Neel
#30 Sheriff Lee Foster 2021-10-23 11:23
God welcomed a beautiful soul into Heaven. Susan blessed anyone she came in contact and was so very pleasant. All the prayers and concerns of our community was a testament to the lives she touched. Susan was always kind to my family and me, welcoming with a smile. We offer our deepest respects for the fight she put up during her battle with this dastardly virus. God finally saw it necessary to call her Home. She is now at Peace and whole. May the memories of a life extremely well lived serve as her tribute and keep her alive in your hearts. Lee, Carol, Joseph, Amelia
#29 Pamela Martin 2021-10-23 11:08
Our condolences and prayers to the family.
#28 Joe Hamrick 2021-10-22 22:34
Steve I am so sorry to hear about Susan passing I never met Susan during my stay in Newberry but from the comments on here I know she was a wonderful Wife ,Mother and Grandmother Prayers and Love to you and your family Take care my friend
#27 Carol Arnold 2021-10-22 22:19
Of course there are no words to express feelings of my sadness for Susan's wonderful husband,Steve and daughters and grandchildren.. One of the kindest people who came into my life....My deepest sympathy Steve,and family.
#26 Karen Senn 2021-10-22 21:59
Byrd and family,
I’m so sorry to hear of Susan’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy.
#25 Mike and Debbie Graham 2021-10-22 17:33
Praying your family may find peace for your loss. Our sincere sympathy.
#24 Dr. William B. Edwards 2021-10-22 14:21
I was proud to have Susan as my hygienist as part of my dental family when I practiced in Newberry. The knowledge, passion for her profession and love for her patients was very obvious. We all loved Susan. My sincere condolences to Byrd, Kayce, Megan, Jan and Gail and family. She will surely be missed by all who knew her.
“Dr. E”
#23 Michael Keeley 2021-10-22 14:03
Steve, my condolences to you and the family. Heaven just became a little brighter.
#22 Pam Branton 2021-10-22 13:49
My deepest sympathies and prayers go up for all of you. Susan had such a bright spirit to everyone she came in contact with. Her bright earthly spirit is now a bright star in Heaven.
#21 Linda W Lever 2021-10-22 11:00
You all have our deepest sympathy - Susan was a beautiful person inside and out. Heaven has a gained a very sweet angel. May God give you peace and comfort only he can during this difficult time. God Bless - Curtis & Linda Lever
#20 Bob Lee 2021-10-22 10:13
She is a kind and special soul. Wishing her family Godspeed and Peace in the time to come.
#19 Wendy Shealy 2021-10-22 10:11
Dear Family,
Johnny and I are so sorry to hear about Susan. That smile and her laughter always put us at ease in the dentist chair. She had great stories about her children and grandchildren, and always took the time to ask about us. She was a really good person. Prayers for you all.
#18 Rena Hollifield 2021-10-22 09:46
Susan was an extraordinary woman. There are many who are deeply mourning her passing as her was a life of service, love, compassion and excellence. Susan impacted my life in ways that I know was God's Will. May she rest in peace. My sincere condolences to her beautiful and loving family.
#17 Leslie Sligh 2021-10-22 08:16
Steve and I are so sorry to hear about Susan passing. She was our hygienist and we loved her. She was always bragging about her grandchildren and her girls. Our prayers are with you and the girls. Susan's mom worked with Steve at the bank and we have known her for years. Love to you all!!
#16 Cheryl and Sammy Hunter 2021-10-22 08:12
Steve, Gail, and family, So sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
#15 Mashanda and Harry 2021-10-22 07:48
Susan was one of the first people to greet us when we became neighbors. Warm smiles, warm heart with a great sense of humor that made you feel welcome. We will miss getting to know you better and may your family rest knowing you are in the arms of the lord and you will forever live on in their memories!
Our deepest condolences
~Mashanda and Harry
#14 Cathy Derrick Shealy 2021-10-22 07:47
My deepest sympathy to all of your sweet family ! Susan had a heart of gold . She was a ray of sunshine and she exemplified God’s Love . Forever in our hearts til we meet again !
#13 Marie Fulmer 2021-10-21 22:31
Rusty Summer and I are sending love hugs and prayers. SHE will always hold a special special spot in our hearts.Love to you all
#12 Janice Meeks 2021-10-21 22:20
Tommy and I are truly heartbroken to learn of Susan’s passing. She was always such a sweet spirit and so kind. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Janice & Tommy Meeks
#11 Cecil & Leigh Ringer 2021-10-21 21:42
Byrd: We are so sorry to read of Susan’s passing. We had just learned of her illness recently. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers not only now but in coming days and weeks. May God keep you in His care!
Cecil and Leigh
#10 Faye Hawkins 2021-10-21 20:28
Gayle and Jan George and I are so sorry to hear about Susan
She was a great person. Our prayers will be with all of you during this time.
#9 Misty West 2021-10-21 20:17
So hard to believe this classy, sweet, bubbly, life of the Party Lady has been promoted to guardian Angle.
What a terrific job she will do. My sincere sympathy.
#8 Joanne Gardner 2021-10-21 20:10
I met Susan at a wedding reception a few years ago. We ended up at the same table and we talked non stop. A couple days later she sent me a friend request on Facebook. She was so easy to like. I was saddened to hear of her passing. To the family, you’re all in my prayers.
#7 Sandra Horne 2021-10-21 18:00
What can I say but I loved Susan and her family dearly. I grew up with one of my best friends and was blessed to work with her in the dental office a few years ago. ys a smile,,unlimite d care and love for many. Never meet a stranger,to the entire family and friends my God bless each one be blessed and now we have a special Angel in heaven. What a reunion we could share
#6 David 2021-10-21 17:46
Susan was a beautiful person inside and out and a joy to know.Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.She has made it home and we are so thankful for the blessing name Susan. David & Karen Hughes
#5 Gladys Parnell Sligh 2021-10-21 17:41
Steve, our prayers are with you and your family. May God hold and comfort y’all and bring you peace during this time. Have always thought the world of Susan
#4 Donna Shealy 2021-10-21 17:24
Susan was such a sweet lady. She cleaned my teeth numerous times . Her Mom and Dad were good friends with my parents through the Gideons International. Jim and Evelyn Chalmers. I am so sorry for your loss but know that she is rejoicing with our Lord in Heaven.
Donna Shealy
#3 Courtney Suber 2021-10-21 17:05
Fly with the angels. You were the best person. So kind and caring.
You will be missed.
#2 Wilson Senn 2021-10-21 17:03
Susan was my hygentist at Dr. Dubose's office in the 1970s. She was so loving-and-swee t to me every single visit! I extend to her family and friends my love, prayers, and well-wishes during this difficult time.
#1 Don and Lorie Graham 2021-10-21 17:01
Sweet neighbor, it's so hard to believe that you are gone! Our only peace is knowing that you are in the loving arms of King Jesus! Out of this fallen world that hates us and our God. I pray we will meet you in the air, the raptured church, soon! We love you and your precious family!

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