Virginia Ruth Byrd Smith
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SPARTANBURG, SC-- Mrs. Virginia Ruth Byrd Smith, of 719 North Vernon Street, was born November 29, 1945 to the late Mr. Winfield Byrd, Sr. and the late Mrs. Viola Collins. Mrs. Smith peacefully entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Mrs. Smith was a 1963 Graduate of Lincoln High School. She retired from The Marriott Marquis of New York.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her loving husband, Mr. John W. Smith, on Thursday, March 20, 2014. They were united in marriage for 50 years. She was also predeceased by her brother, Mr. Winfield Byrd, Jr.
Mrs. Smith leaves to cherish fond memories: twin daughters, Mrs. Veronica A. Smith-McKissick of Austin, TX and Mrs. Hermonica (Hasan) Abdul-Malik of Spartanburg, SC; one honorary daughter, Mrs. Yvonne (Patrick) Surrey of Brooklyn, NY; one son, Mr. John D. Smith of Brooklyn, NY; one honorary son, Mr. Stanley Lyles of Spartanburg, SC; five sisters, Mrs. Louise Hawkins, Mrs. Mary Fernanders, and Mrs. Juanita Copeland all of Spartanburg, SC, Mrs. Bernice (John) Coan of Roebuck, SC, and Mrs. Gennelle (Eddie) Tolliver of Stone Mountain, GA; three brothers, Mr. James William Byrd, Mr. Johnny B. Byrd and Mr. Bobby Joe Byrd all of Spartanburg, SC; 10 grandchildren, Christopher, Tyhessia, Kenneth, Shavonna, Jamal, Rashad, Mercedes, Betty, JD and Karen; three great-grandchildren, Khyree, Isaiah and Noah; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family of Mrs. Smith will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the John Stinson Woodward Memorial Chapel.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Foster Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.
The family is at the home of her sister, Mrs. Bernice (John) Coan of 110 Christy Lane, Roebuck, S.C.
Condolences may be sent to the Smith Family at: www.jwwoodward
J.W. Woodward Funeral Home, Inc.
594 Howard St
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2014