Sydney Kate Smith

Born: Tue., Mar. 2, 2004
Died: Sat., Jul. 18, 2020


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 22, 2020
Location: Peebles Curry Memorial Chapel

Memorial Service

7:00 PM Wed., Jul. 22, 2020
Location: Peebles Curry Memorial Chapel

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of  Miss Sydney Kate Smith, age 16, of Swainsboro, GA passed away Saturday, July, 18, 2020 at Egleston Hospital in Dekalb County, GA.

Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors, Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel with Rev. Kurt Grimm officiating.

A cremain burial will be in the Wadley City Cemetery at a later date.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 -7:00 PM.

Social distancing guidelines will apply and will limit the number of visitors in the building at any given time.

Sydney loved to draw, paint and write stories. She was extremely talented and took pleasure in all sorts of crafting activities. Sydney thoroughly enjoyed the beach. She and Cheryl considered themselves “beach bums”. She loved music and dance, and despite her young age, had an appreciation for music from the 70’s. Sydney was preceded in death by her Grandmother, whom she adored, Melissa Coker.

Survivors Include:

Her Uncle and Aunt: Thomas and Cheryl Garrett, “Dad and Mom”, of Swainsboro, GA.

Her Brother: Garrett Bullington of Columbus, GA

Her Stepbrother: Jeremy Tomlinson of Gainesville, FL

Her Great Grandmother: Betty Smith of Swainsboro, GA

Her Cousin: Tommy Garrett of Daytona Beach, FL

Condolences may be submitted on-line at

Memorial contribution may be made in memory of Sydney Kate Smith to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, Attn: Jaime Brown, 3395 NE Expressway, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30341 or online at

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the services of Miss Sydney Kate Smith of Swainsboro, GA.

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Marcie Gay
   Posted Tue July 21, 2020
What a blessing it was to teach Sydney last year!! She was such a joy!! Her kindness and sweet spirit will never be forgotten.

Sharon Johnson
   Posted Tue July 21, 2020
My heart is breaking for the entire family. With deepest sympathy & love to all of you. May God give you strength. Sharon Johnson

Mary A Reichley
   Posted Tue July 21, 2020

Heart Standing Spray was sent by Jane and MaryAnn.

With our deepest sympathies to Sydney's family from Great Aunt Jane Coker Muckridge and Great Aunt MaryAnn Coker Reichley. May God Bless and Keep Sydney and shine His countenance upon her.

   Posted Wed July 22, 2020
Lord please be near to this family, comfort them and strengthen them. Give them peace.
I remember her sweet face at Dellwood Baptist Church, our Vacation Bible School, sad I didn't get to know her.

Wanda Simmons
   Posted Wed July 22, 2020
Oh how I loved Sydney and her whole family! I taught Garrett in 4th grade and then Sydney in 2nd. Melissa and the kids loved my grandson Liam! I went to TCE yesterday and found the sweet letter Sydney has written to me in 2nd grade. Sydney would bring back souvenirs to my dad and Mrs. Margaret from their vacation. I pray God will continue to comfort the family’s hearts. Melissa and Sydney have reunited ❤️❤️

Dorothy Greenwell
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
Tommy & Cheryl,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family. Sydney was loved so much by you both and I know how empty your hearts will be without her. You both gave her more love in just a few years then most people receive in a lifetime. Love and miss you both. Greg and Dorothy Greenwell

Anna Gianni
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
I stumbled on this article while doing a research project and I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for your loss. Sydney seems to have been such a bright, lovely person and I hope you and your family find comfort in this incredibly difficult time. Wishing you well.