KINGS MOUNTAIN-Doris "Dot" Yates Smith, 80, resident of 424 El Bethel Road, Kings Mountain, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 24, 2013, at Kings Mountain Hospice House.
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She was born in Cleveland County to the late William Ernest Yates and Ada Ware Yates.
She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Jackie Yates, Horace Clayton Yates, and William Brent Yates; and sisters, Peggy Yates Blackburn and Betty Yates Wooley.
She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and Christian Freedom Baptist Church. Mrs. Smith made some true and lasting friendships while working at Kings Mountain Hospital before leaving to open "Dot's Day Care." The day care is where she became Maw Maw to hundreds of children for twenty-five years.
She was a devoted wife of 56 years to Kenneth Smith of Kings Mountain; and a loving mother to her children, Debbie S. Ross and husband Tim of Kings Mountain, Darla Bridges and husband Rusty of Kings Mountain, and Deda Shepard and husband Kyle of Kings Mountain.
She is also survived by her sisters, Frances Yates McDaniel, and JoAnn Morrow and husband Larry, all of Kings Mountain; and many nieces and nephews who she loved dearly.
She was the best grandmother ever to her grandchildren, Tyler, Tanner, and Tiffany Ross; Austin and Ryan Bridges; and Maci and Matt Shepard.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Harris Funeral Home of Kings Mountain.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem Baptist Church
Officiated By: Dr. Steve Taylor and the Rev. Mike Chambers
Burial: Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain
Funeral Home: Harris Funeral Home of Kings Mountain is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, Kings Mountain Hospice House, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, N.C. 28150
A guest register is available at www.harrisfunerals.com
Published in Shelby Star on Feb. 26, 2013