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Mother Gussie Smith Borders

November 14, 1946 ~ September 2, 2018 (age 71)

Gussie Smith Borders, 71, of Ozark, Alabama, passed September 2, 2018. 

Gussie Smith Borders was born to Dave Smith and Mamie Ervin Smith, November 14, 1946, in Birmingham, Alabama.  She was raised in Geneva, Alabama, where she attended grade school. She later attended Enterprise Junior College and began work as a Data Processor at First National Bank. She married Cephus Borders in 1966, and they lived and loved together in Ozark, AL for 52 years. Together they raised 6 children.

Gussie Smith Borders was a woman of many hats. Not only was she a wonderful wife, mother, sister, and friend. She was also an astounding servicewoman. From wedding coordinating to interior decorating both in and out of the church, Gussie left her creative stamp wherever she went. She served on the Trustee Board at First Missionary Baptist Church. She was also a Deaconess, a member of the choir, and a member of the former Booster Club. Outside of service, she also made it her mission to travel and see the world as well as share her experience. She was an inspiration to all that encountered her, and the love she gave will forever shine on. On September 2, Gussie exited this world as peacefully and gracefully as she entered.

She was preceded in death by Dave and Mamie Ervin Smith (Parents), Davis Smith (brother), Steven Simpson (grandchild).

She leaves behind to cherish memory: a loving and devoted husband, Cephus Borders.

She leaves as her legacy 6 children: Mitchell Borders, Dawn (Donald) Britt, Clinton Borders, Pamela Borders, April (Anthony) Boyd, Sharon (Roderick) Sheppard, and a special son Carl (Dawn) Bauknight. She also leaves to cherish her memory 21 grandchildren:  Jacob Borders, Justice Borders, Kevin Borders, Zoe Britt, Desmond Britt, Marqueese Borders, Christopher Doyle, De’Shawn Larkin, O’Lani Borders, Damien Melton, Leevion McMath, Owyn Borders, Shellsy Williams, Akia Borders, Da’Bryson Robinson Borders, Jordaan Whitehead, Kathryn Boyd, Kirsten Boyd, Kendall Waller, Nicholas Waller, Kora Sheppard, and 5 great-grandchildren.  

In addition, her life will forever be cherished by her 5 siblings: Marie (Ellis) Stacy, Sherry (John) Tyrues, Anita (James) Tyrues, Richard Smith, and Benjamin Smith; sister-in-law: Sue (Oscar) Jones; a special cousin: John Dickens, a few special friends: Betty Minnifield and Clara Sanders, and a host of other loving family members. 

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