Karen Loretta Smith Gillenwater, “Ms. Bucky,” was born to Loretta Smith and the late Jack Kaywood Smith on August 28, 1958.
Karen was educated in the Johnson City School System. She was employed with Alemite Industries until she was no longer able to work due to her health. Karen confessed her faith to Jesus Christ at an early age and always thanked Him for taking care of her and her family.
Karen (affectionately known as Buckwheat by her father and Ms. Bucky by her family and friends) loved to laugh and talk non-stop. She always had an opinion and did not hesitate to share it with you. She loved family gatherings, good food and Karaoke.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Kaywood Smith. She leaves to cherish her memories: Mother, Loretta Hunter Smith, Johnson City; daughter, Retha Smith (Sam) Taylor, Johnson City; grandson, D’Andre T. M. Smith, Columbia, SC; granddaughter, Braxton Eiriyon Gaitor, Johnson City; sisters, Carla Forney, Jacquella (Rickie) Hall of Johnson City, Faye (Cleo) Ellis of Powell, TN and Bobbie Smith of Augusta, GA; brothers, Ronald (Gwendolyn), James (Sarah) all of Johnson City, Fredrick (Dorothy Moore) of Kingston, TN; special friend/cousin, Linda Mathes and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel at 219 E. Millard Street in Johnson City on Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 12 to 1 p.m. Going Home Services will begin at 1 p.m.
Professional Services provided by Birchette Mortuary Inc., www.birchettemortuary.com/ 423-926-6013