The celebration of a life is much like a story. Michelle Woodard Smith was certainly the writer of her own spectacularly wonderful story. She was born to JoAnn Washington and Earnest Woodard on November 11, 1966. Michelle was loved and reared by a community of family including her beloved Grandmother Josie L. Habersham. Michelle grew and thrived in Savannah Georgia graduating from Windsor Forest High School and later Graduating from Savannah Technical College.
Michelle excelled in the art of Cosmetology and Barbering. She worked her way up from Stylist and Barber to Master stylist and eventually created formal training manuals and exercises for two Schools of Cosmetology. She also managed to work a stint in radio at Savannah’s own E-93 FM. Michelle throughout her varied career has created multiple businesses, wrote a screen play dealing with spousal abuse, wrote a book to assist battered women, created and founded a platform that addressed sexual assault ME3, wrote and created a children’s series inspiring children with disadvantages to instill self-esteem and goal-oriented exercises through stories, songs and color associative play. Michelle was a visual storyteller who shared teachable moments on her multiple social media platforms with over twelve thousand subscribers.
The position she cherished most was that of mother and grandmother. Michelle loved and was so proud of her children and grandchildren. Michelle enjoyed the time she spent with her family. Although many of her endeavors were geared to helping others, changing the lives of others through stories and platforms that she created. It was her family that gave her the greatest joy and inspiration. It was for her children that she strived to create something bigger than herself. Something noble and good that would be a legacy for her children to share and remember her. Of all the stories that Michelle shared and created…the one that included Chamberlain, Carrington and Ashley was the momentous one.
Michelle was not only devoted to her immediate family but her church family as well. She strived to have a more meaningful relationship with Jehovah and in doing so inspired others to seek the truth and comfort that she found in her faith. Michelle was a generous and giving soul that never met a stranger and had empathy for those in need and misunderstood. She was blessed with the skill of sharing a story, personal experiences and that brilliantly dazzling smile and life affirming laugh that would uplift the saddest heart or energize an apprehensive individual into action. The trajectory of her life was limitless and will not end because of those who have shared her space and love will carry and share not only her memory, her words but also her generosity of spirit.
It is with total submission to the will of Jehovah that we announce the transcendence of our beloved Grandmother, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend, storyteller, and artist Michelle Woodard Smith.
She leaves her memories to be treasured by her parents David and JoAnn Washington; children Emmit Chamberlain Smith Jr., Carrington Demetri Woodard-Smith, Ashley Antoinette Smith. Michelle had a sister Wanda Hayes and a brother Antonio Woodard. She was thankful for her spiritual mother Mary Struggler. The grandchildren Caleb Alijah Smith, Rileigh Amaya Smith, Brooklyn Smith, Chloe Lailani Drayton, Haley Serena Drayton, Willie Jenkins IV will tremendously miss their grandmother. She had a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.
The memorial service will be held at Families First Funeral Care Chapel Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 2:00 pm.Print This Obituary & Condolences