Barbara Faye Franklin Smith, a native of Sweetwater, TN and a resident of Fairhope, AL, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at the age of 74.
Barbara graduated high school in Milton, Florida in 1967. She married Robert Lee James Smith on June 17, 1967, in Milton, Florida. She was a beloved Navy wife raising two wonderful children. She loved exploring caves and collecting gemstones. She also loved going to old cemeteries and doing rubbings of grave markers. Her favorite things were reading, history, traveling and egg decorating.
Barbara is preceded in death by her father, William Benjamin Franklin, her mother, Miriam Hazel Cash Franklin, and a sister, Carol Ann Franklin Chang.
She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Robert Lee James Smith of Fairhope, AL; children, Laura Faye Smith Talley and her husband, Dale Wayne Talley of Daphne, AL, David Leigh Smith of Everett, WA; and her grandchildren, Giselle Faye Talley Jones, Randy Wesley Jones, Brian Lee Wayne Talley, and Clair Danielle Liberty Talley.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023, at Fairhope Christian Church, 349 Fairwood Blvd. in Fairhope, AL, at 11AM. There will be a gathering in the church’s fellowship hall preceding the service for a lite meal.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.
Memories of my friend Barbara who was also my neighbor for several years abound of visits between our families. My heart goes out to Robert and Laura and David and the grandchildren. Know that she is at rest now❤️❤️
Memories of my friend and neighbor, Barbara abound of shared laughter and enjoying the children playing in the yard. My sympathy goes out to Robert, Laura and David and the grandchildren. ❤️
We are very saddened to hear of your recent loss. *We hope this living tribute will bring comfort to you and your family. *We are thinking of you and your family as you celebrate your mom’s remarkable life and the memories you shared. *My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. 55 years of marriage, wow,, that’s amazing ❤️ She will forever live in your hearts! She is smiling in Heaven right now!