Carolyn Hayne Smith


Carolyn Hayne Smith, 88, of Jasper, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, in Houston, Texas.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, March 3, 2023, from 10 until 11 a.m., at Jasper’s First Baptist Church with Kilgore-Green Funeral Home directing. Services will follow at 11 a.m., at Jasper’s First Baptist Church, with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery. Phil Guinn will officiate.

Carolyn was known for her kindness, hospitality, and organizational abilities, and served in a variety of roles using those gifts. She worked as an Executive Secretary at Progressive Farmer Magazine, parent magazine of Southern Living, and appeared on the cover in 1957. Later she was an Executive Assistant in the coal industry and achieved special national certification in that role. She also worked as a Church Administrator and Pianist, and helped found an annual, community wide presentation of Handel’s Messiah in her hometown that continues to this day.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, James “Jim” Lewis Smith; parents, Dewey Earl Hayne and Alton Josie Clark Hayne; brother, Herman Shepherd Hayne; sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Hayne Best; sister-in-law, Gretel Sides Hayne; brother-in-law, Hillery Best.

She is survived by her son, David Brian Smith (Dee); daughter, Lisa Smith Sullivan (A.J.); grandchildren, Amy Allene Smith, Brian Hayne Smith (Christin) and Anna James Sullivan; great-grandchildren, Luther Hayne Smith and Benjamin Laurel Smith.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, 2681 Rocky Ridge Ln, Birmingham, AL 35216 (www.alabamachild.org).

You may register online at www.kilgoregreenfuneralhome.com.

Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper, 205-384-9503