Funeral services for Mrs. Viola Smith will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 2, 2011 in the Chapel of Cox Funeral Home with the Rev. Dalyn Helbling and the Rev. Jerry Spikes officiating. Interment will follow at Christ Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, September 1 at the funeral home.
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Viola was born March 13, 1917 in Bonita to the late Charlie Blake Herrington and Mary Eliza "Mollie" Herrington. She departed this life to be with her Heavenly Father on August 30, 2011. Viola was one of thirteen children and all her siblings called her "Sis," because she was everybody's favorite sister. Viola was a very hard worker. She worked in the cotton fields from a very young age until she was a teenager for fifty cents a day. She later got a job at Seligman's Department Store in Bonita and worked there for many years before taking a job as a clerk with the U.S. Post office in Bonita in 1946. She would retire from the post office in 1976 as postmaster.
Viola married Bunnie J. McKoin in 1939 and had her first son, Larry. Bunnie J. was killed in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. Viola then married S.J. "Punch" Smith in 1949 and had two more sons, Gerald "Jerry" Smith and Perry Smith. Viola and "Punch" were married for 50 years until his death in 1999.
Viola is preceded in death by both her husbands, her parents, and eleven brothers and sisters.
She is survived by three sons, Larry K. McKoin of Bonita, Jerry Smith of Bastrop, Perry Smith and his wife, Judy Smith of Monroe; a brother, Aaron Herrington of Bonita; a grandson, Bunnie K. McKoin and his wife, LaDonna McKoin; a granddaughter, Evelyn McKoin and her fiancee' Brian Jones; a step-granddaughter, Brandie Bumgardner and husband, Michael Bumgardner; a step-grandson, Michael Holcomb; five great-grandchildren, Bailyn McKoin, Macy McKoin, Kelli McKoin, Ann McKoin, and Emily McKoin; step-great-grandchildren, Timothy Bumgardner and Erin Bumgardner; two special caregivers, Linda Ford and Mary Bell; as well numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be Ronald Hopkins, Donald Glosup, Ronald Elkins, Derl Johnson, Venoy Kinnaird, and Charles Cook. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Tubbs and John Harvey Herrington.
The family suggest that for those who wish memorials be made to the First Church of God, 525 East Madison Ave., Bastrop, LA 71220.
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5, 2011