Long-time Sharpsburg Couple Die Days Apart From COVID-19


Pictured above: Carla Cook Smith and Brandon “Clint” Smith

From Special Reports

Carla Cook Smith and her husband, Brandon “Clint” Smith, passed away from COVID-19 pneumonia on Saturday, August 21 and Monday, August 23, 2021, respectively.

Both 62, neither of the Smiths were vaccinated against the virus.

“I just want to encourage friends, family and anyone reading this to get vaccinated so that your sons and daughters never have to feel this kind of pain,” said their daughter, Elana.

Carla was well known in the community for researching and writing local history books called Perspectives. She also was a photographer and artist who painted “Waiting for the Train.” Local breast cancer nonprofits fundraised with prints of her painting.

Carla was born on March 30, 1959 in Savannah, Georgia. She was witty, fun, and incredibly talkative. If you invited her somewhere, she’d probably bring a homemade chocolate chess pie, some kind of casserole she’d call Carla Surprise, and she’d get there an hour late.

Carla and Clint were married on June 22, 2002, in Cartersville, Georgia.

Clint, who was born January 21, 1959 in Mount Vernon, Illinois, was the opposite of Carla to those that knew them both. He was along for the roller coaster ride that was Carla. And he loved it.

Clint and Carla loved Jesus. They both saw their faith as a relationship, not a religion. They loved the Lord with all their hearts and devoted their lives to him. Whether it was worshiping in a church, or feeling the Holy Spirit move in the living room, they brought God into their lives and home.

Carla and Clint leave behind their beloved daughter Elana (Justin) Brown, their 22-year-old terrapin turtle Houdini, Carla’s mother Joann Scealf, her sisters Debbie and Pam Scealf, and her brother Eddie Scealf, Clint’s sisters Tuesday Kopp, Nanette Hammond, Jada Faulkner, and a brother Tim Smith. They also left behind many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 28, at 11 a.m. at Grace Covenant Worship Center in Hogansville.

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