Mrs. Pauline Smith Yawn, 90, of Hazlehurst went to her heavenly home Oct. 5 at Jeff Davis Hospital following a brief illness.
Mrs. Yawn was born Oct. 22, 1931, in Wheeler County. She was preceded in death by her parents R.J. and Lessie smith, her husband Bobby R. Yawn, son-in-law Delone Brewer, and brothers the Rev. Jimmy R. Smith, Joe G. Smith, David L. Smith, and Benny J. Smith.
Mrs. Yawn was valedictorian of her high school graduating class. She attended Brewton-Parker College and Georgia Teachers College in Statesboro, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She began her teaching career in Lyons, then met and married her husband. She started teaching in Jeff Davis County after their marriage. She had her daughter and son while continuing her education. She was awarded “Teacher of the Year” twice while teaching in Jeff Davis County.
Mrs. Yawn was a former member and past-president of Jeff Davis County Retired Teachers’ Association, a former member of Delta Kappa Gamma Honors Society. She loved music, especially piano and violin. She taught piano lessons throughout her career and into retirement. She loved her students and called them her “little angels.” She was also a “farmer’s wife” and all that entailed. She attended and was a longtime member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church where she served as the pianist for many years. She was a humble, quiet soul who served her community well. She loved her family dearly.
Survivors include her daughter Leisa Yawn Brewer; son Ret. MSGT. Gregory B, Yawn (Lynne); grandson Jonathan G. Yawn (Amber); great-granddaughters Alyssa Krislyn Yawn and Sydney Michelle Yawn; sister Pearl S. Cook; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Arthur Yawn, Eddie Clements, Chris Davenport, Todd Brewer, Richie Smith, and Rodney Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were G.C. Herrington Jr., Eric Carelock, Steve Connell, Joe Allen Yawn, Doug Carter, Dr. Jason Laney, Ken Smith, Tammy Metts, Kristy Tanner, Mr. and Mrs. Junior Sharpe, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Moeykens, Sheriff Preston Bohannon and Larry Parlor.
Services were held Oct. 9 at Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home Chapel. Committal graveside services followed in Philadelphia United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Music was rendered by Jeffery Spell.
Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home was in charge.