Mr. Jaylon Thomas Smith "Na Jay"

November 5, 2001 ~ June 24, 2023 (age 21) 21 Years Old

Mr. Jaylon Smith "Na Jay" Obituary

THOSE I LOVE & THOSE THAT LOVE ME: Weep not for me, though I am gone into the gentle night. Grieve if you will, but not for long Upon my soul's sweet flight. There is no need for tears. For with your love, I was so blessed. There is no pain, I suffer not. The fear now all is gone. Put those things out of your thoughts, In your memory I live on. Remember not my fight for breath!  Remember not the strife! Please do not dwell upon my passing BUT CELEBRATE MY LIFE!!

Jaylon Thomas Smith was born on November 5. 2001. in Valdosta Georgia, giving his first smile to Amber Smith and Michael Jenkins. Jaylon received his education in the Valdosta City School System where he was also very athletic. Jaylon participated in both baseball and football for several area recreational teams and gained several close friends through these experiences.

Living life to the fullest and on his own terms was how Jaylon approached each day. On Saturday, June 24, 2023, Jaylon passed away from the troubles of this world at the age of 21, his last smile. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

Jaylon was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Roy and Eva Mae Thomas, and grandfather, Charles Askew, Jr.

Jaylon leaves to celebrate and cherish his precious memories: his mother, Amber Smith; father, Michael Jenkins; stepfather, Charles Askew III (Shavonne); three sisters, Eva McKenzie Askew, Ansleigh Elizabeth Askew, and Zyria Roberson; grandparents, Louis and Burns, Antony Smith,  Iracy Jenkins, Mike Crumpton, and Louise P. Askew; two special aunts who were more like sisters, Eboni Joy Burns and Bethany Jade Burns; three other beloved aunts, Rhonda Askew, Felecia Askew, and Tameka Roseborough; two uncles, Donte Jenkins and Phillip Crumpton; special great-aunt, Sylvia L. Thomas; godfather, Tony Berry; dear friend, Katie Murray; and a host

It's Not, how did he died, but how did he live? Not, what did he gain, but what did he give? These are the units to measure the worth of such a young, regardless of his birth. Nor what was his church affiliation, nor what was his creed? But had he befriended those really in need? Was he ever ready, with words of good cheer, to bring back a smile, to banish a tear? Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say, but how many were sorry when he passed away?

His Life will be Honored and Celebrated by his family and friends on Saturday, July 1,2023, at 11:00 AM - from The Victory Church 1619 North Leet Street, Valdosta Georgia. Host Pastor Jay Williams, officiating and Pastor Jesse Graham - Eulogist. Mr. James Gatlin Sr., and the caring and experienced professionals at Gatlin Mortuary, Inc., is in charge of services. "The Name You Can Trust"  

The family of Jaylon Smith wishes to pause at this moment, to express with profound appreciation for the many expressions of love, sympathy and gestures of kindness shown to them following their families lost. They would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has rendered emotional support at this most difficult time. May God richly bless each of you, THE SMITH FAMILY. 

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June 30, 2023

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Gatlin Mortuary Inc

Celebration of Life
July 1, 2023

11:00 AM
Victory Church
1619 N. Lee Street
Valdosta, GA 31602

Interment following funeral service
July 1, 2023

Sunset Hill Cemetery


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