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14 June 1935

Mrs. N.P. Smith

Special to The State
Marion, June 14 [1935] - After a few days illness at the Mullins hospital, Mrs. Martha Foxworth Smith, widow of Nathaniel P. Smith of Marion, died Monday morning and interment took place at Reedy Creek church cemetery Tuesday after services conducted by the Rev. B.F. Allen, pastor of the Marion Baptist church, of which Mrs. Smith had been a member for many years, assisted by Dr. Rufus Ford and the Rev. J.H. Graves, presiding elder of the Methodist church.

Mrs. Smith was in her 84th year, having celebrated her 83rd birthday last fall with a birthday party at her home on Wilcox avenue where 30 children and grandchildren gathered to do her honor. She was born at the Foxworth home two miles east of Marion and married when quite young Nathaniel P. Smith, also a native of Marion county, living in the same community. Soon after their marriage they moved to Marion, where Mr. Smith successfully engaged in business until a few years before his death. The devoted couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary not long before his passing. For some time Mrs. Smith had been subject to heart attacks, which necessitated her leading a quiet life, but between attacks she was a regular attendant on all the services of her church, and visited her children in various places. The death of this consecrated Christian woman brings sorrow to many hearts in the town where she had spent most of her life, endearing herself to all with whom she came in contact with her many graces of character.

She was the mother of ten children, seven of whom survive. One son, H. Stacy Smith, Mullins; six daughters, Mrs. Minnie Smith, Mullins; Mrs. C.L. Pace, Marion; Mrs. R.E. Currence, Asheville, N.C.; Mrs. P.A. Riddick, Marion; Mrs. J.C. Gainey, Raleigh, N.C., and Mrs. Hazel Altman, who lived with her mother. One sister, Mrs. H.M. Harrelson of Marion, also survives.

Submitted by Robin Moore, 23 Oct 2003.


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