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Mildred Smith

HAMPTON - Mrs. Mildred M. Smith 83, of Hampton, Va. Passed away on May 1, at Sentara Careplex in Hampton, Va. Mrs. Smith, named Tidewater's Rosa Parks, by news anchor Don Roberts, for her participation in the 1963 case, "Smith vs Dixie Hospital, in which three Black nurses were fired for eating in the white only cafeteria. The decision in this landmark case is largely responsible for the integration of hospitals in the State of Virginia. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles Smith, two brothers James and Joseph McNeil and one sister Marion Branch. Her passing is grieved by her sister Thelma Scott (James), her brother George Whiting (Devora); two sons Robert H. Smith, Jr. (Patricia) and Tyrone A. Smith (Brenda Kay); three grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and a number of nieces, nephews and friends. The family wishes to express gratitude to Dr. Philip Dennis and the Sentara Hospital Medical staff. Special thanks to three of her closest friends, Ms. Annie Thomas, Mrs. Mattie Wyatt and Mrs. Vertie Porter affectionately known as "The Calvary" because they always came to the rescue! A service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, May 11th at 11:00am at Queen Street Baptist Church, 98 North Armistead Ave. Hampton, Va. 23669. The family will receive friends Friday, May 10th from 6-7pm at Cooke Bros. Funeral Chapel 1601-27th St. Newport News, VA 23607.

Published in Daily Press on May 9, 2013
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