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Aquilla Smith

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Aquilla Ann Brown Smith, 70, of 117 Summit Hills Drive, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Born in Gaffney, SC, she was the wife of Lonnie L. Smith and daughter of the late Frank and Aquilla Wilkins Brown.
Mrs. Smith was a graduate of Gaffney High School and Limestone College. She served as one of the first Journeyman for the Southern Baptist Convention from 1969-1971, was a teacher in the Cherokee County School System from 1971-1973 where she was active with the Association of Retarded Citizens, was the SC State Director of Women's Missionary Union from 1973-1977, was the State Director of the New Mexico Women's Missionary Union from 1978-1995 and was the WMU Director for the Maryland and Delaware Southern Baptist Convention from 1996 until her retirement. Mrs. Smith was a member of First Baptist Church in Laurel, Maryland.
Surviving in addition to her husband is a sister, Mildred Wilson and husband, Don, of Shelby; a nephew, George Wilson and wife, Susan, of Shelby; a niece, Margaret Bradshaw and husband, Dan, of Hillsborough; and two great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Basil Brown.



Visitation: The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at GoucherBaptistChurch. At other times, the family will be at their respective homes

Funeral Service: 1 p.m. Saturday at the church

Officiated By: The Rev. Norman Gardner

Burial: GoucherBaptistChurchCemetery

Funeral Home: Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory

Memorials : May be made to Baptist Family and Children's Services of Maryland, Inc., 7161-A Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, Md., 21046.

Online Condolences: www.blakelyfuneralhome.com .


Published in Shelby Star on Feb. 8, 2013
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