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Caroline Elise Smith

March 16, 1999April 6, 2019
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Caroline Elise Smith, 20, of Sandy Springs, Georgia, died April 6, 2019.

Our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter and dear friend, Caroline Elise Smith, died suddenly Saturday morning. Caroline was the youngest of two children, raised in a loving home with her parents, Lynn and Ray.

You are about to read the obituary of one of the sweetest, kindest, most generous, giving, thoughtful and caring young women to ever walk upon the earth. Caroline Elise Smith had her life prematurely cut short by an accidental fall in Hilton Head, South Carolina, on April 6, 2019. She was highly regarded and loved by her fellow students at Furman University and in her sorority of "Kappa Delta". She was warm, friendly, pretty, courteous, kind and helpful as she productively and efficiently progressed through The Marist School and Furman University. She regularly ran half marathons, played soccer throughout high school and loved all outdoor activities. Caroline loved her Atlanta Braves and developed a deep appreciation for football, painting, concerts and the arts. She had a deep appreciation of sports and had planned a career as a sports broadcaster. She thrived on this strong interest in communications and was about to serve as the communications intern to the Furman's Ladies' Basketball Team. This was going to be the perfect utilization of Caroline and a wonderful step to her future.

Caroline was absolutely worshiped and revered by her family because of her strong love of friends and relatives. She was the perfect younger sister to her devoted and caring older brother, Ryan Smith. Caroline and her big brother Ryan were inseparable. Only 16 months apart, they   were more like twins and most definitely best friends. Ryan remained by her side until the end. Now Caroline will remain by Ryan until they see each other again.

God had delivered to the Smith family a special and wonderful member who made life genuinely better and more caring. Caroline will be missed to an impossible level that cannot be accepted or understood by her friends and family. She will be massively missed as she takes her new role in the hand of God. Her smile is indelibly left on the hearts of all those people who knew her. We will miss her fun sense of humor, her bright smile and kind words of encouragement to everyone.

To say Caroline did not know a stranger would be an understatement. When Caroline looked at you, she saw someone God loved and that is how she treated you. Her life was a living example of Ephesians 4:32 - "And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ."

The world was a better place and we were made better people because of Caroline. She resides in a far better place yet we suffer the consequences of her absence.

Caroline truly showed the light of God to everyone around her. In one of her most recent posts, she wrote: "Be kind to everyone, you really never know how the littlest things can make the biggest impact, but they do." May we all choose to live our lives like Caroline did.

Caroline is survived by her parents, Lynn and Ray Smith; brother, Ryan Smith; maternal grandparents, Carol and Jim Ney; and paternal grandmother, Wallis Smith. The family will receive friends Friday, April 12, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and have a prayer service at 8:00 p.m. at H. M. Patterson & Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, N.E., Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328. The Funeral Mass will be Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Marist School or Furman University.

Through Caroline, God delivered a true blessing, and though the world is poorer today for her loss, we who knew and loved her are richer for our time together. We will miss her deeply as she goes home to the hand of God.

We take comfort knowing Caroline is at peace in the loving arms of God.


  • Caroline is survived by her parents, Lynn and Ray Smith; brother, Ryan Smith; maternal grandparents, Carol and Jim Ney; and paternal grandmother, Wallis Smith

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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 12, 2019

  • Prayer Service

    Friday, April 12, 2019

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, April 13, 2019


Caroline Elise Smith

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Dana Schwind

April 16, 2019

We are so very sorry for your loss. I remember meeting Caroline at the firm. She was so sweet and happy. Our prayers are with your family.

With deepest sympathy,
Dana and Chris Schwind

Harriet White

April 14, 2019

Lynn, Ray and Ryan,
I cannot stop thinking about you all. I am so sorry and heartbroken for you.
I remember Caroline from The Atlanta Academy. She was so beautiful and so happy. (Honestly, I think she still is)
She and my Caroline played soccer together and Ryan was in my Caroline’s class.
Your love for your sweet Caroline will be alive forever.

Love , love and more Love,
Harriet and Caroline White.

Cheri Sullivan

April 13, 2019

The Smith Family is in our prayers. Caroline was the sweetest cheer camp counselor. My daughter and her friends adored her.

Sue Andreassi

April 13, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and light. You don’t know me. My daughter is a freshman at Furman.

Laurie Gipson

April 12, 2019

Words seem so inadequate to convey our condolences to your wonderful , generous, gracious & loving family. The whole Gipson family warmly sends our thoughts & prayers to you all during this most sorrowful time. I remember Caroline as vivacious, friendly, poised & so full of light & joy. The words of Mercy Me’s “I Can Only Imagine” always gives me comfort when trying to understand the incomprehensible tragedies in this mortal world. I’m paraphrasing the words so that maybe we can all take a moment to picture beautiful Caroline arriving in heaven.... did she “dance for you Jesus (or in awe was she still) did she stand in Your presence or to her knees did she fall did, she say hallelujah or was she able to speak at all.....I can only imagine.” We pray you find comfort in knowing she was loved and will be forever missed & while nothing will ever truly cure your heartache, you can rest assured she’s DANCING!!!
With great fondness,
Laurie, Jay, Eliza, Ian & Brendan Gipson

LaRue King

April 12, 2019

Caroline was so very delightful and sunnier than any summer sun and I will never forget her. Her pretty smile and sweet disposition was noticed by all who knew her. She was the pretty "all American girl", with manners, and saw all her possibilities for a bright future ahead in this life. Summertime will never be the same because of her precious life being cut short! We are so sad to lose her. Thank you, Heavenly Father, that I had a window into her life. Jehovah God and His righteous Son, Jesus, have a plan for her. We will see her again in the new life, wherein death will be swallowed-up forever and into a righteous new world wherein peace and security will be the norm for all of mankind and the animals. Rest in peace sweet Caroline. You were loved and blessed by all.

LaRue King
April 12, 2019

Anne Hansen

April 12, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. The time I met Caroline, she greeted me with a sweet, beautiful smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sheronda Touchstone

April 12, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Ray,Lynn, and Ryan. I use to babysit Caroline and Ryan a longtime ago. She was a beautiful and sweet girl. Thoughts and Prayers to the family.

Charles Schoen

April 12, 2019

Ray and Lynn,

I am so sorry to hear this. What an amazing and beautiful joy Caroline was to everyone! I am praying for your strength in God at this time and for His strength to carry you all for years to come.

Clara Phillips

April 11, 2019

Although no words can really help to ease your loss, know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.


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