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Catherine Denise "Cathi" Smith Mcgarity

March 24, 1964 — December 18, 2021

Catherine Denise "Cathi" Smith Mcgarity

Mrs. Catherine Denise “Cathi” Smith McGarity, 57, of Stoney Creek Drive, Elberton, wife of 33 years to Thomas Glenn “Tommy” McGarity, III, passed away on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at her residence. Although extremely sudden and very unexpected, Cathi’s death was in the manner in which she would have wanted - peacefully and pain free.

Born in Elberton on March 24, 1964, Cathi was the only child of Sybil Ruff Smith and the late James Edward “Dink” Smith. She was a 1982 graduate of Elbert County High School and received her certificate in cosmetology from Athens Technical College. Her relationship with the Lord started at a young age at Falling Creek Baptist Church, and she was presently a member of First United Methodist Church of Elberton. Cathi loved her work as a beautician and the many friends it afforded her throughout life; however her proudest title was being Lauren’s mom. Her larger than life smile that lit up every room in which she walked and her ability to make everyone feel as if they were her best friend will never be forgotten.

She leaves behind her husband, Tommy of Elberton; mother, Sybil of Elberton; daughter, Lauren Catherine of Saint Simons Island; and cousins and friends too numerous to name.

A gathering to celebrate Cathi’s life will be held on Tuesday, December 21, from 6:00-8:00p.m. at Berry Funeral Home. Private graveside services will be held on Wednesday, December 22, at Falling Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Dwight Morgan officiating.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Elbert County Humane Society.

Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at

Berry Funeral Home & Crematory of Elberton is respectfully in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Catherine Denise “Cathi” Smith McGarity.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Berry Funeral Home & Crematory

1 Berry Lane, Elberton, GA 30635

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Falling Creek Baptist Church Cemetery

1020 Jack McVeigh Dr, Elberton, GA 30635

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