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Gloria Mae White Smith

Gloria Mae White Smith

Gloria Mae White Smith, 86 of Emporia, Va., passed away August 22, 2017, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia, Va.

She was born May 28, 1931 in Mobjack, Va., to the late Luther Clyde White and Lola Brooks White. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Walter Murden Smith, her sister Juanita White Johnson, and one step-great grandchild, Geneva Ward.

Gloria is survived by her two sons, David Wayne Smith and wife Bertelle Pugh Smith of Wendell, N.C., and Colonel (retired) Stephen Clyde Smith of Huntsville, Al. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Emily Ann Smith and Ryan James Smith; four step-grandchildren, Curtis Forrest, Cindy Price, Bonnie Bruno, and Joe Forrest; and four step great-grandchildren, William Ward, Hillary Forrest, Jennie Forrest, and Isabella Bruno.

Gloria graduated from Mathews High School in 1949. She married her husband David in 1953 and was married for 54 years. During their marriage David and Gloria lived in Mathews, Va., Lively, Va., Miskimon, Va., and finally, Emporia, Va.

The family would like to thank all of Gloria’s friends in Emporia, Va. but in particular her close friend Ms. Shirley Temple for her dedication throughout Gloria’s bout with cancer. The family would also like to thank the personnel at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, Greensville Health and Rehabilitation Center, and the Bloom Center.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday August 24, 2017 at Echols Funeral Home in Emporia, Va. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday August 26, 2017, at Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home in Mathews, Va. The family will also receive visitors prior to the service from 10:00-11:00. Interment will follow at Old Field Point Cemetery in Moon, Va.

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