Sadie Mae Smith

November 5, 1941January 2, 2021

Sadie Norman Smith, 79, passed away January 2, 2021 in Chattanooga. She was born to late Homer Eugene Norman, Sr and Flora Mae (Hinton) Norman.

Sadie was a native of Polk Co., GA. When the family moved to Chattanooga in 1945, Sadie attended Joseph B. Smith School, East 5th Street School and Orchard Knob Elementary School. She attended Howard High School the Class of 1959.

After graduating Howard, she attended a (3) year diploma program at Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta, GA. It was said if you had a GRADY NURSE you had a well trained nurse. Sadie functioned in various roles: Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor, Head Nurse, Staff Nurse, Assistant Head Nurse in Medical – Surgical , Nursery, Recovery and Intensive Care Units.

On graduation night from Grady Memorial Hospital in 1962, married Joe Henry Smith Sr. They shared 58 years of marriage.

Sadie worked from 1962 to 1982 at Erlanger Medical Center. She received Certificate as an Adult Medical Nurse Practitioner from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, In 1988, Sadie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Sadie served her country as a member of the United States Army Reserves from 1979 to 1986 with the 377th Combat Support Hospital in Chattanooga, TN.

In 1977 to 1979. Sadie taught Health Education and Driver’s Ed at Kirkman High School.

In 1981, Sade was considered an vanguard she opened her own medical office on McCallie Ave at a time when Chattanooga was not ready for a Nurse Practitioner. She developed a passion in wound care and preventive foot care.

In 1983 to 1984, Sadie worked at Metropolitan Hospital. In 1983, Sadie worked at Northwest Georgia Treatment Center.

In 1984 to 2013, Sadie worked as 2nd Shift Supervisor at Moccasin Mental Health Institute in Chattanooga, TN.

The homeless community had a special place in her heart that she volunteered her time and nursing skills from 1990 to 1993 at the Community Homeless Health Care Center.

In 1993, Sadie worked at Northwest Georgia Treatment Center - Methadone Clinic in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA.

In 2001 to 2019, Sadie formed her own business called Skin Balm Inc to provide a line a products to help with your skin care needs,

Sadie belonged to the following organizations Master Gardeners of Hamilton County, Chattanooga Area Nurses in Advance Practice, Wound, Ostomy Continence Nurses Society.

In addition to her parents, she was proceeded in death her brothers Homer E. Jr,, Forrest, Arthur, and Paul Norman: Sisters, Flora N. Orr, Betty N, Peeples, and Mary N, Alexander,

She is survived by her husband, Joe Henry Smith, Sr, Children: Joe Henry Smith Jr, and JoCarole Smith both of Chattanooga and Joetta Smith of Nashville, TN, siblings, Peggie (John) Kilpatrick, Virgil, Stormy, Bill (Hattie) Norman, all of Chattanooga, Jacqueline White, Glendale, AZ. Special Family Friends -The Sheats and the Dowells, several nieces, nephews, and host of other relatives and friends.

Sadie was a nurse for 54 years and a nurse practitioner for 37 years.

Sadie, Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. Bennett were Den Mothers for the Boys Scouts of America for Troop 3025.

Sadie was a country music singer and made two 45 records in Nashville, TN. The 45 record consisted of Side A – Me and Bobby McGhee and Side B – Your Cheat in Heart. Sadie had a nephew, Gene, that went to WNOO radio station and asked them to play the record. They played Side A – Me and Bobby McGhee. She got a chance to hear her music though the air waves.

Lie in State will be Friday, January 22 at 11 am until 12 noon in the funeral home chapel. Funeral Service will be held at 12 noon in the Chapel of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, Franklin Strickland Chapel. Interment in Lakewood Memorial Gardens- East.

We respectfully request that social distancing and all CDC Covid-19 measures be adhered to. Masks will be required.

Arrangements entrusted to Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services Franklin -Strickland Chapel, 1724 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN, 37404, 423-265-4414. Please visit our website to share your memories:


  • Visitation

    Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, January 22, 2021


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John and Jacqueline Dowell

January 22, 2021

With Our Deepest Sympathy in your loss ! Friends to Comfort You
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Perry Taylor

January 21, 2021

Sometimes words fail us! Our hearts are sadden with yours but our minds and hearts are full of wonderful memories. May your memories bring you comfort for, Sadie’s life was a life well lived with love for her family and friends and Country music. May she Rest In Peace!
Love and Prayers,

The Taylor Family
Perry, Lisa, George(Gentt) and Jonathan

Jane Barrett

January 18, 2021

We'll always remember Sadie with great love and affection. The numerous good times we had at the the Feasts with Sadie and JoCarole are precious memories that will continue to bring us joy through the years.
Jane and Ridley Barrett; Mark and Randy

Earline Scott

January 5, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We will always remember Sadie with love and affection. We have wonderful memories of the times we spent together and enjoyed each other as family. As you grieve, know that we love and care about you. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Roger and Earline Scott