Dorothy M. Smith, 78, of Waverly, departed her earthly home and entered into eternal rest with her heavenly father on May 31, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.
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Dot was the daughter of the late Herbert and Mary Stith, and the widow of Henry Smith. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Herbert and James Stith; two sisters, Irene Stith Ricks and Hattie Gwaltney; two sons, Leon and Russell Smith; and one daughter, Angela Watkins.
She received her formal education from the Sussex County Training School. She was a faithful employee of the Forestry Department, the Waverly Nursing Home and retired from International Paper Co., all of Waverly. Dot loved to greet family and friends, fishing, enjoyed shopping and going out to eat until her health declined
She leaves to cherish her memories: six daughters, Diana Smith, Brenda Greene (John), Alfreda Taylor (Timothy), Sharon Smith, all of Waverly, Arleen Smith (Archie) of Petersburg, Va., and Linda Johnson (Gerald) of Smithfield, Va.; one son, Tyrone Smith (Jackie) of Waverly, Va.; one son-in-law, James Watkins of Waverly, Va.; one daughter-in-law, Robin Smith of Waverly, Va.; one sister-in-law, Thelma Newsome (George) of Richmond, Va.; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Devoted family and friends are Queen Smith, Adrienne Turner, Alfred Futrell, Bernard Gurley; niece, Doris Hamlin; and special grandson, Toriyonda Smith. A special thanks to Southside Regional ICU Unit, Waverly Healthcare Center and caregiver Diana Smith.
She believed that family should always support each other and stay close. Our beloved Dot Smith was the last matriach of Herbert and Mary Stith; she will live in our hearts forever.
Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Liberty Baptist Church, Waverly, Va.; Rev. K. Marshall, pastor, and the Rev. Bobby Ricks eulogizing. Interment will follow in the Waverly Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Peace-Bland Funeral Home, 237 Railroad Ave., Waverly, Va.; James I. Gay, funeral director, 804-834-2219. Please share condolences online at www.peaceblandfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from June 1 to June 6, 2014