Monday, December 13, 2010

Doris H. (Ellis) Smith

Doris H. Smith, age 82, went home to be with her Lord, Monday, December 13, 2010, at Ridgewood Care Center, with her loving daughter by her side. Doris was born in Ridgely, TN, February 7, 1928, daughter of the late Jesse J. and Hattie L. (Nee: Lomax) Ellis Sr.

Doris was a member of St. Paul’s CME Church for forty-plus years in Newbern, TN, where she was the Christian Youth Fellowship Leader. Moving to Racine in 1992 to be closer to her children, she became a member of Greater St. Luke’s Baptist Church under the direction of the late E. E. Woods. She was a beautician for many years. Doris was a superb cook who enjoyed fishing, gardening and playing spades. She devoted her life to her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Rhonda (Chris) Bogan of Racine, Danny Tyce of Dyersburg, TN; her daughter-in-law, Velma Tyce of South Bend, IN; 24 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; special friend and roommate, Connie Moore; a host of other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her three husbands, J.C. Tyce, William Pierce and Roy B. Smith; her four daughters, Betty Watson, Christine Tyce, Linda Davidson, Wanda Pierce; two sons, William Pierce, M.J. Tyce; four grandchildren, Desrez Pierce, Shawn Watson, Jonathan Watson, Wanda Cooper; four brothers, Edward, Franklin, Jesse Jr. and J.D. Ellis; and one sister, Catharine Ellis.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 18, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Greater St. Luke’s Baptist Church, 1326 State St., with Rev. Jesse Summerall and Minister John C. Williams concelebrating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at Graceland Cemetery, Monday, December 20, 2010, at 11 a.m.

Doris’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Ridgewood Care Center and Odyssey Hospice for their loving  and compassionate care.

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1 comment:

Catherine Ellis said...

O Father of mercies and God of all comfort. Comfort with your gracious consolations. As an earthly father pities his children, have compassion on the family in their suffering. May the loss suffered be a token of your love. In the distress lift each family member up to you. Remind them That in your mysterious providence all things work together for the good to them that love you. Amen