Lillie Bell Smith was born on Aug. 16, 1928, in Cherokee County, S.C., to the late Willie Lewis Ford and Corrie Stevenson Ford.
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She was the oldest of seven children. Lillie departed this life on Jan. 19, 2014, at Oconee Hospital in Seneca, S.C.
Lillie leaves to cherish her memories one daughter Hortense Smith (Steve) of Gastonia, NC, two sons Vance Smith (Cassandra) of Sherrills Ford, NC, Memphis Smith (Tina) of Charlotte.
Guardians are Hope Martin (James) of Seneca, S.C., Stacy Smith of Gastonia; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Willie Ford and L.C. Ford (Annie) both of Mt. Holly; sister-in-law, Clara Ford; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Location of the service is Bethel Missionary Baptist Church 1725 N Main St., Mt. Holly, North Carolina 28120.
Interment will be at Forest Lawn of Lincolnton, NC 210 N Academy St., Lincolnton, NC 28092. 704-666-3749.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with family visitation from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
With deep appreciation The Smith family would like to thank everyone for all of your acts of kindness shown during our
bereavement. May God for-ever bless you.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Jan. 24, 2014