“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies…Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”
Proverbs 31: 10, 28-30
Our beloved, Edith Little Smith, entered Heaven’s Gate, Wednesday, September 2, 2020 while a patient at Atrium Health - Stanly, Albemarle, North Carolina. She was born February 12, 1930 in Stanly County, North Carolina, to the late Jordan Wilson and Jennie V. Ingram Little. We have been blessed beyond measure to have shared her beautiful life for so many years. There are so many unforgettable, wonderful memories which we will hold fondly in our hearts.
Educated in the Stanly County public schools, Edith graduated from West Badin High School, Badin, North Carolina. Edith’s most fulfilling career was a homemaker and mother to her children. She loved her family and was devoted to their upbringing and care.
She began her Christian journey at a young age and joined Saint Luke Holiness Church, Badin. After her marriage, she then joined Shiloh Baptist Church, New London, North Carolina. At Shiloh, Edith was ‘Mother of the Church’, former member of the Senior Choir and former Sunday School teacher. Edith was creative, and an excellent seamstress who often made her children’s clothing. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, crocheting and was one of the founding members of the Quilting Club at Shiloh Baptist Church. She enjoyed baking cakes. Her specialties were German chocolate and sour crème pound cakes. She epitomized the words: “mother” and “friend” as she was a wonderful mother and friend who always greeted others with an infectious smile and a kind word.
Edith is now resting in the Arms of Our Lord and Savior; and has reunited with her husband, Andy Smith, with whom she celebrated sixty-five years of marriage before his death in October 2014. She was also preceded in death by her son, Andy Smith Jr., and her grandson, Rubin M. Smith.
As we say good-bye to a loving, kind, and phenomenally beautiful woman, we know that she is at peace and is soaring with the Angels. She will be remembered and cherished forever by her daughters: Veronica (John) McIver, Hanover, Maryland, Vanessa (Frank) Gaines, Ansonville, North Carolina, and Jennifer (Nelson) Bennett, New London, North Carolina; sons: Ernest (Katie) Peoples, Badin, Bernard (Sharon) Smith, Greenville, South Carolina, Manzell (Renetta) Smith, Greensboro, North Carolina, Tracy (Mary Jane) Smith, Chesterfield, Virginia and James Smith, Badin; twenty-seven grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Ruth Smith, Virginia Beach, Virginia; sisters: Blondie Burns, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Mary (Michael) Hale, Colmar Manor, Maryland; brother, Ernest Little, Winston Salem; sister-in-law, Lucille Little (married to James Little, who preceded her in death), Badin; a host of other relatives and friends.
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