Dorothy Jane Smith of Lewisburg, WV, passed away peacefully at her home in Lewisburg on Friday, January 27, 2020, at the age of 76.
Dorothy was a very proud and loving grandmother that deeply loved her grandchildren, and was always giving of her time and energy.
She greatly loved playing piano and teaching. Many knew her from her teaching career throughout Greenbrier County, WV. She was an active and dedicated member of the Fairlea Baptist Church in Fairlea, WV, for many years and served in the choir.
Dorothy was born on October 3, 1943, in Cyclone, WV. She was the daughter of the Reverend Norman and Maxine Harless of Huff Creek, WV. The family moved to Lewisburg in 1961, where she attended the Greenbrier Girls College at the age of 18. It was here in Lewisburg that she met 17-year-old Harry R. Smith from Mount Hope, WV, and the two were wed on December 26, 1961. They enjoyed 46 years of marriage before Harry passed in September 2007. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Concord University and received her Master’s degree from Concord while she taught. She enjoyed teaching and sharing many wonderful experiences with her students over her 35 years of teaching.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harry R. Smith of Lewisburg; her daughter, Patricia Brown (surviving widower, John) of Clendenin, WV; and her sister, Jeanne Smith (David) of Lewisburg.
Dorothy is survived by three children, Randall R. Smith of Lewisburg, Cheryl L. Hambrick (Mike) of Crawley, WV, and Joshua A. Smith of Lewisburg. She is also survived by her siblings, Linda Bailey of Alabama, Mary Meadows of Beckley, WV, Norman Harless (Louis) of Arkansas, Suzanne Gertz (Roger) of Logan, WV, and Cathy Norrell (Danny) of Kingsport, TN; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and extended family. Dorothy will be fondly remembered by her 15 grandchildren, Emily Kristoff, Amanda Eltzroth, Jared Smith, Tyler Smith, Kayla Smith, Myriah Hambrick, Samantha Hambrick, Charles Deem, Rachel Smith, Andrew Brown, Jacob Smith, Keira Smith, Kaleb Smith, Simon Smith, and Braxton Smith; and her 16 great-grandchildren who affectionately called her “Mommom”, “Grandma” and “Grandma Dorpy.”
Friends and former students are invited to share their memories of Dorothy with her family during visitation at the McCraw Funeral Home, located at 150 Courtney Dr., Lewisburg, WV 24901, on Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be officiated by Dallas Smith of the Fairlea Baptist Church at the funeral home on Friday, January 31, 2020, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the Rosewood Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dorothy’s life and reunion with the Lord.
McCraw Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the January 29, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.