Country music entertainer and Village of Chatham resident Margo Smith will undergo surgery Thursday at Ocala Regional Medical Center following a serious accident Tuesday on County Road 42 near the Mulberry Grove shopping plaza in The Villages. She suffered a shattered wrist, broken ankle and multiple bruises, according to her husband, Richard Cammeron. But there is no brain damage as had been originally feared. “She was on her way home at the time of the accident,” Cammeron said.
Her Mercedes was totaled in the accident in which another car struck hers, Cammeron said. “She will likely have to be in a wheelchair (as she recovers),” he added. “But she says it was that seatbelt that saved her life.” Smith, who was known as “the Tennessee Yodeler,” rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “Little Things Mean A Lot,” “It Only Hurts For A Little While,” and “Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You.”
She performed regularly at the Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry.
Smith Cammeron frequently performs in the area and at her church, Fairway Christian in The Villages. She volunteers at Freedom Pointe. She also frequently sits in with the Ukulele Club in The Villages. She has a daughter, Holly Watson, who is seen in Lexus of Orlando television commercials. She also has a son, Jeff.
Follow the link below and you can see Margo singing “Shuffle Song.”
The following information received from Margo Smith’s husband by Marty Martel at his prayer line:
Please keep Margo in your Thoughts and Prayers for a speedy recovery from her accident last Tuesday.
Posted by Margo Smith’s Husband: “Margo was involved in a serious accident (head on collision) Tuesday afternoon around 4:pm. She was not at fault. She was taken to the Villages Hospital and from there she was transferred to the Trauma Unit at Ocala Regional in Ocala, Florida. Originally they were concerned that she may have internal bleeding and some bleeding on the brain, but thanks to the Good Lord, that was not the case! The trauma center cleared her of internal bleeding and her brain seems to be o.k. thanks to prayers and the Grace of God! Today they operated on her and successfully implanted a steel plate in her shattered wrist and put screws in her ankle She is in a considerable amount of pain and she is black and blue over most of her lower body. The seat belt cut into her shoulder and abdomen but according to the Florida Highway Patrol, there is NO doubt that had she not had her seat belt on, she would more than likely not have survived. I am saying this because I NEVER wear a seat belt. I dislike them immensely!!! BUT after seeing what happened to her and her Mercedes, I WILL be wearing one from now on! She was just 5 minutes from the house when this happened! Thank you all for the prayers and PRAISE GOD!!!!!! It could have been a whole lot worse.