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.
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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
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