Mamie Lee Mikell Smith

Published 10:16 am Friday, March 7, 2014

Mrs. Mamie Lee Mikell Smith, 98, died February 22, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. Services for Mrs. Smith were held on March 1 at Spring Hill MB Church with Pastor Roy Thompson officiating, and Rev. Jaron D. Barnes delivering the eulogy. Interment was in the Spring Hill Cemetery, with Laird Mortuary, LLC in charge of all arrangements.

Mrs. Smith was the daughter of the late Acie Smith and the late Ollie Showers Mikell of rural Jefferson Davis County. At an early she joined the Spring Hill Church and remained an active member until her health failed, serving her Lord and church as a member of the Home Mission, church Secretary, church treasurer, Sunday school teacher, vocal and senior choir member, prayer band, and notably a member of the Usher Board.

As a young lady, Mrs. Smith was reared and educated in the Spring Hill Community of Jefferson Davis County prior to attending Piney Woods Country Life School.

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Mrs. Smith married the late Robert E. Smith of Prentiss, and to this union one son was born that preceded her in death. As a young woman and mother, Mrs. Smith served as a homemaker and caregiver for her family, while moonlighting as a hairdresser, Avon representative, and working with her husband on the family’s farm. Mrs. Smith was also known for her delicious food, and her willingness to feed anyone that came to her home.

Mrs. Smith’s survivors include her two grandsons, James E. Smith, and Roy Lee Smith, both of Silver Creek; one sister-in-law, Mary Lou Smith of Silver Creek; three devoted nieces and caretakers, Voygue Holloway, Phoebe Holloway, and Dorothy Murrell, all of Gulfport; and 10 great-grandchildren.