or I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8: 18)
The angels rejoice to welcome a Mother in Zion that has made it home! Mother Virginia Smith departed from a moment of earthly suffering to enter into eternal “love, joy, peace, and happiness” on Saturday, November 17, 2018.
Born on January 8, 1937 in Spotsylvania, Va, Virginia Lucille was the eldest of six children born to the late Silas and Virginia Watson. Virginia enjoyed learning and upon graduating from John J. Wright, she entered her first year at Virginia Union University in Richmond Va. Shortly thereafter, on March 23, 1956, she joined in holy matrimony with the late Henry Allen Smith, Sr. The couple became faithful members of New Light Church of Christ under the leadership of the late Bishop Jesse F. Pemberton. From their union the couple raised seven children in the fear of God reverencing holiness. Mother Smith was a soul stirring vocalist in the Joy Bells Senior Choir at the church. As she began to enthusiastically sing, “Already Been to the Water,” it was not long before the church would begin to rejoice with her. Later she attended Golgotha Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ under the leadership of the late Elder Keith Davis. Mother Smith spent her last years at True Deliverance Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ under the leadership of Elder James Dudley.
Mother Smith was humble and meek. No one can recall hearing a cross word. Mother Smith was blessed with wisdom, a patient spirit, and a selfless gift of listening. “She opened her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” (Proverbs 31:26) Her children will treasure the days spent with her. She leaves to cherish her memory five daughters and two sons; Mary Smith Brown of Spotsylvania, Henry A. Smith, Jr of Fredericksburg, Robert A. Smith, of Fredericksburg, Victoria S. Crenshaw of Spotsylvania, Deborah N. Smith of Scottsville, Latina R. Smith of Atlanta, and Faith C. Smith of Spotsylvania. She also leaves behind 11 children who knew her as both granny and grandma. Affectionately known as “Aunt Lou,” she also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews including a cherished nephew, Gilbert Smith of Caroline.
Mother Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Henry A. Smith, Sr and a sister Alta Watson -Richardson. She is survived by four brothers and sisters, Silas (Ann) Watson of Stafford, John Watson of Tennessee, Alberta Watson-Harris of Tennessee and Brenda (Winston) Gray of Spotyslvania.
“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 31:29-30)
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