April 16, 1936-April 5, 2023
Minnie Smith moved on from this world into the presence of her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. She had spoken of her longing for this day for some time now. Not from pain or discontent, but with a great desire and anticipation to be with her Lord.
Minnie was preceded in death by her late husband, Charles F. Smith, and all but one of her nine brothers and sisters.
Minnie is survived by her older brother Paul Bosnick of Mount Airey, Maryland, her only daughter, Teresa Ann (Eccard) Stanley and husband Michael of Crestview, Florida, their grandson Andrew R. M. Stanley and Shaina of Crestview, Florida, Charles’ son Charles T. Smith of Crestview, Florida, and their grandsons David, Chad, and Colby Smith, along with many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Of course she would specifically want us to note her special great-granddaughter Courtney Smith, with whom she spent much time and loved to be.
Minnie was born the youngest child of William Bosnich and Willie L. Schaffer Bosnich. She, being one of 10 children, learned early how to survive the hardships of the coal mining areas of West Virginia.
Minnie spoke often of how, as a young girl, she loved to sneak away to her favorite area where cherry trees grew and how she would climb them to hide and to eat their fruit.
Minnie was a dedicated worker, homemaker, and loving mother. Among the many jobs she worked, one that seemed special to her was her work with Catalyst Research, where she received a special Certificate of Appreciation while working on the TOW missile systems program in the production of TOW missiles for the Hughes Aircraft Company.
Minnie was always willing to lend a helping hand, and no blessing was greater to her than having the opportunity to work in the ministry of her church. Minnie is a Christian by faith in Jesus Christ and attended the Ocala Baptist Temple for some of the last years of her life. She also was a member of Victory Baptist Church of Liberty, near DeFuniak Springs. Some of her fondest memories were of the camp meetings there, when she was able to help prepare meals for all that attended.
Minnie loved her family and friends, always desiring to be a blessing to all. Never wanting to be a burden, and especially so these last few days.
Minnie, or Momma, as I usually called her, unknowingly gave me one of my greatest blessings. These last few days, she taught me personally the true meaning of compassion: seeing another person in a state in which they themselves cannot help themselves and caring for them in a way that they cannot care for themselves, with a deep hunger within to be the remedy for their need.
A funeral will be held at Brackney Funeral Service Chapel in Crestview, Florida, on the 11th of April 2023. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., and the funeral service will begin at 6:00 p.m. Brother In Christ, Mark Warren is officiating. Interment will be at the Barrancas National Cemetery at a later date.
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