Obituaries

Shirley (Smith) Howard

12/21/1927 - 01/31/2024

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Obituary For Shirley (Smith) Howard

Shirley (Smith) Howard, age 96, passed into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at 7:20 pm, in Kindred Hospital Lima.

She was born December 21, 1927, in Decoy, KY, to Chester and Tennie (Messer) Smith who preceded her in death. On December 16, 1944, she married Willie "Bill" Howard who preceded her in death on September 7, 2008.

Surviving are their children: Rev. H. Lloyd (Joan) Howard of Landrum, SC, Ruth (H. dec.) Robinson of Charleston, SC, Ruby (Howard) Clark, Bill (dec'd) & Deborah Howard of Landrum, SC and Pamela (David) LeMar-Neidhardt both of Lima, OH; brothers, Truman (Susan) Smith of Waynesfield, OH and Kirby (Ruth) Smith of Dayton, OH; grandchildren: Andy Howard, Joshua (dec'd) Howard and Jay (Erin) Howard, Keith (Jennifer) Robinson, Rodney Howard, Kayla Hines, Thomas (Emily) Howard, Jacob Howard, Justin (Kristen) Howard, Jennifer (Brian) Schlosser, Eric (Raenette) Neidhardt, Andrew Neidhardt, 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by nine siblings: Hirley Smith, Birley Smith, Mirly Miller, Crady Smith, Joyce Ritchie, Leottis Smith, Barbara McDonald and Hobart Smith.

Shirley was a member of Midway Baptist Church, Columbus, NC. She was a gifted quilter, wrote poetry, was a self-taught musician and songwriter and loved to garden.

Visitation will be on Sunday, February 4th, 2024, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Shawnee Chapel of Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services and again on Monday, February 5, 2024, from 2:00 until the time of the service.
Services will be held directly after visitation at 3:00 p.m., with Rev. Don Webb officiating. Family burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Landrum, SC on at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 8, 2024, with Rev. H. Lloyd Howard officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Midway Baptist Church, P.O. Box 679, Columbus, NC 28722 or the American Heart Association.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

Services

4 Feb

Visitation

02:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services - Shawnee Chapel 1170 Shawnee Road Lima, OH 45805 Get Directions »
5 Feb

Visitation

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services - Shawnee Chapel 1170 Shawnee Road Lima, OH 45805 Get Directions »
5 Feb

Funeral Service

03:00 PM

Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services - Shawnee Chapel 1170 Shawnee Road Lima, OH 45805 Get Directions »
8 Feb

Graveside Service

01:00 PM

Evergreen Memorial Gardens Landrum, S.C. Get Directions »
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Condolences

  • 02/05/2024

    Sorry to hear of your loss.I'm sure you and your family will miss her greatly Mrs. Rudy

  • 02/04/2024

    I had the privilege of getting to know Shirley over the past few months. Her sass and spunk is one of a kind. May she rest in peace!

  • 02/03/2024

    I'm goin to miss you an the family so much Rest in Heaven sweet angle

  • 02/03/2024

    Dear Pam and Family, Shirley was a very precious woman. She was so loving and kind. We have special memories of church services with her and the solos she sang that were deeply heartfelt. She was committed to Jesus and we rejoice for her as she is now with Him in heaven. May God comfort all of you as you grieve the loss of your dear mother. We are praying for you. Love, Tom and Brenda

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