Mattie L. Smith


Mattie Lou Smith was born on March 25, 1934, to Lullean Hewitt and Izell Bergman in Valdosta, Georgia.
When Mattie was 8 years old, she and her mother moved to Inkster, Michigan where she was raised and resided for over 20 years. Mattie attended Inkster Public Schools and was a graduate of Inkster High School. She met and married Morris W. “Smitty” Smith, and they relocated to Columbus, Ohio and started their family.

Mattie continued her education in Ohio at Columbus State University. She graduated with an Associates Degree in Social Services. She held Social Worker positions at Rosemont School for Girls, Franklin County Children Services, and the State of Ohio Department of Youth Services, where she retired with 26 years of service.

Mattie was a dedicated, loving Christian. She was a longtime member of Shiloh Baptist Church, and later transferred to Faith Ministries Church with Rev. C. Dexter Wise III. She was an active, dedicated member until her health prevented her from doing so.

Mattie was an active member of the Faith Seniors Ministry, Faith Force, and the Bereavement Committee. In addition, she was active in her community, and was a Guardian/Ward for persons of the State who had no living family members. Mattie enjoyed her life, her work, family and friends.

On July 16, 2020, Mattie went home to be with her Lord and Savior. Preceded in death by her parents, Lullean Hewitt and Izell Berman; husband, Morris W. Smith; and family sister, Mary Lee Burke of Detroit, Michigan.

Mattie leaves to cherish her memory, brother, Izell Bergman (Valdosta Georgia); daughters, Sheila (Lawrence) Stevens and Monica Smith; son/grandson Antonio (Jasmine) Smith; granddaughters, Shalon Stevens, Sinay (Dimitris) Simba-Kai, and Alonna Lyons; grandsons, Mason Stevens and Amon Smith; great grandchildren, KaLeah Lyons, Zayla and Zen Smith, and a new great grandchild on the way, due September 8, 2020; and a host of other relatives and family friends who loved Mattie dearly.

Due to COVID-19 Private Services will be held at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Entombment at Green Lawn Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Brian and Stephanie Davis

    Offering our condolences and Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May she rest in peace!

    The Davis’

  2. Faith Ministries Church

    Sis Sheila (Lawrence), Sis Monica, Bro Antonio (Jasmine) and Family-
    Thinking of you, praying for you and your family as we remember your mother/grandmother during this time. Know that we are with you and our prayers continue for you as the Lord gives you strength, comfort & peace. Although we are saddened by your loss-we celebrate the wonderful life of Sis Mattie.

    • Lisa R Johnson

      To the Family of Mattie Smith
      My sincerest condolences and prayers in the loss of Ms Mattie. I will never forget her smile and how proud she would be of Sheila and her family, Antonio and her other grandchildren and all their accomplishments and how she was very active at Faith Ministries. Heaven has gained a true angel.
      Hold on to all the memories and know she is in heaven smiling down on you all.
      Blessings to you all.

  3. Mr&Mrs Donald Greggs

    To the Smith family ,Mattie was my second mom your mom, grandma was a very strong and feisty lady with a heart of gold you will be missed Mattie strong R.I.H

  4. Dearest family God has you in his embrace during this difficult time. We offer these words to comfort you on the loss of your mother, grandmother and sister. We will always remember her sweet smile and beautiful nature.

    The Allen Family

  5. My prayers and condolences to the Family of Sister Mattie, she was such a preciuos Jewel and a true Blessing to us all.

  6. Ardelia Young

    Dear Family of Mrs. Mattie Smith,
    I sincerely offer my condolences to you in the passing of your loved one. While she is truly missed we remember her humor and whit. We thank God for the life she lived and shared with us. Remember the good she brought to us.

  7. Mark & Regine Williams

    Our Deepest condolences on the passing of Ms. Mattie. We loved her dearly.
    Keeping the family in our prayers.

  8. Tierra Blackwell Heath

    Sending love and prayers to you all. May God keep and comfort you during this time. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Lisa, David, Brett and Ashley Jones and Jean Hunsberger

    Ms. Mattie was a beautiful and loving soul who will be missed by so many. My family and I are sending our prayers and love to all of her family. My mother sends her love too.

  10. Christine Lewis

    I loved Ms. Mattie. She was a real blessing in our Masterlife class at Faith Ministies. She was a great support to Antonio who she loved dearly. I know she will be missed by all. You all have my deepest sympathy.

  11. Debra and Ivery Foreman

    Dear Family,
    We are praying for your comfort and peace during this sad time. We will always remember Sis. Mattie’s wonderful smile and how she welcomed us into the Faith Ministries family. May God bless you and keep you.
    Debra and Ivery Foreman

  12. Karen Alsbrooks

    To Sheila, Monica, Antonio and the rest of Sister Smith’s family: our hearts are heavy along with yours in the passing of your mother and grandmother. But because Christ is our savior our sadness is mitigated by our joy in knowing that Sister Smith has entered into eternal rest to forevermore be in the presence of Jesus the Christ. Be comforted in your grief by the Word of God “ …but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” ( II Cor. 4:16) “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (I Cor. 15:53) we love you with the love of Jesus and we are praying for all of you.

  13. Sandy and Billy Anderson

    Sheila, Bootsey and family, Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Your love and care for your mom, was amazing. You have our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love u

  14. Portia Bonner

    Dear Sheila, Monica, and family,

    Our deepest sympathy to you all for the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother, Mattie L. Smith. May the Lord keep you uplifted as you say goodbye to Mattie on today. You are in our prayers and sending our love and comfort for strength to get through. May God bless your rest Mattie. Until we meet again. Love always, Portia, BJ and Evelyn.


    Dear Sheila, Monica and Family,

    With a heavy heart we send our deepest sympathy to you all. God has her now and he will take good care of her. We will miss her smile as well as her witty way of making us laugh with joy. Rest in peace our dear cousin. Love you so much!! The Reynolds Family

  16. Barbara Craig
    July 28, 9:52 am

    To Shelia and family. Please receive my heartfelt condolence in the transitioning of your mother to the home that God prepared for her. My prayer is that God will continue to strengthen you to endure your loss. Be strong, love you.

  17. Bootsie and Shelia, my sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. Death is never easy but you can be assured that you took wonderful care of your mother and that memories are a life time cherish them. Luv you Cuz Rise’ Stevens and Family.

  18. Bootsie and Shelia, my sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. Death is never easy but you can be assured that you took wonderful care of your mother and that memories are a life time, cherish them. Luv you Cuz Rise’ Stevens and Family.


    Sylvia and offer our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. We share your pain in that we know what it is to lose a cherished parent that you’ve so lovingly cared for. Take comfort in knowing that Holy Spirit will sustain you in the months ahead…,

    Raymond & Sylvia

  20. Roxanne Francis

    Earth has no sorrow, that God cannot heal. My deepest sympathy to Sheila, Monica, and Antonio, Family. Mattie was my friend, we had some good times in Columbus, Ohio, She will be missed, she was bigger than life, Rest in the arms of Jesus Mattie. Love Roxanne Francis

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