SHELBY - Rosa Lee Wood Smith, 90, of 412 Murdock Circle, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby. She was born on May 1, 1923, in Union County, S.C., to the late Eliphus and Bessie Goode Wood.
Rosa was a homemaker of the highest degree who loved sewing, gardening, cooking and preserving food which was distributed throughout the community. A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Rosa accepted Christ at an early age and joined Jerusalem C.F. Church of God where she worked as Missionary President, Sunday School Teacher and Vice-President of CYPU. She also served faithfully at New Life C.F. Church of God as mother and Sunday School Teacher. Later she became a member of Faith Harvest Church and served diligently as church mother, Sunday School Teacher, overseer of communion preparations and prayer warrior. A young marriage club and a women's retreat were ministries that birthed during her Christian journey. She had a great love for people and the genuine warmth of her radiant personality made her a joy and a delight to know.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Ulysses Smith, Sr.; a daughter, Eloise Smith Mintz (Joe Dean Mintz); a son, Ulysses Smith, Jr. (Etta Thompson Smith); two brothers, J.D. Wood and Jamie Wood; three sisters, Luvenia McGill, Blondell Robinson and Earnestine Epps; a granddaughter, Sonya Thompson Byers; and a great-grandson, Frederick Hartgrove, Jr.
Left to cherish her memory and carry on her legacy are four daughters, Judy S. Thompson (Richard), Sandra Faye Ponder (Eddie) and Elder Joyce Smith, all of Shelby, and Lisa S. Jordan of Charlotte; three sons, James Alfred Smith (Margie) of Gastonia, and Victor L. Smith and Rev. Dr. Bruce E. Smith (Andrena), both of Shelby; a daughter-in-law, Falonda Smith of Gaffney, S.C.; three grandchildren who were reared in the home, Tracy Mintz (Nicole) of Shelby and Dana Shade (Keith) and Sean Mintz (Sandy), both of Charlotte; 28 additional grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Alice McCluney of Shelby, Etta Mae Smith of Asheville, and Bessie Hartgrove of Shelby; one brother, Howard Wood (Joyce) of Asheville; two additional sisters-in-law, Myrtle Ellis and Earline Baxter, both of Shelby; a brother-in-law, Robert "Bob" Smith (Mae Lois) of Lincolnton; special friends, Monique Meeks and Cindy Webber, both of Shelby, and Delores Moore of Calif.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation: The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, and at other times at the home.
Funeral service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Malcolm Brown Auditorium
Officiated by: Bishop L. Randolph Borders
Burial: Will take place at Cleveland Memorial Park.
Funeral home: Enloe Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences: www.enloes.net