McMinnville resident and Warren County native Lenia Mai Whitlock Smith, 79, was born Nov. 12, 1935 and died June 20 at her daughter’s residence following a brief illness.
Retired from Formfit Rogers and a member of Shellsford Baptist Church, she was the daughter of the late Casey Lee and Maude Frances Alley Whitlock. She was married Dec. 24, 1954 to Elbert Mason Smith, who preceded her in death Jan. 23, 2006. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Morris and Johnny Whitlock; and son-in-law, Kenneth Shirley.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Mary and George “Bo” Roller of McMinnville; two grandsons and spouses, Kenneth Mason and Retta Shirley of Bentonville, AR and James Casey and Natalie Shirley of Olive Branch, MS; granddaughter, Maci Alivia Shirley; sister, Shirley Crouch of McMinnville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Lee and Linda Whitlock of McMinnville and Ronnie and Betty Whitlock of Smithville; three sisters-in-law, Carolyn Whitlock and Millie Draper, both of McMinnville, and Marty Kay of Austin, TX; three step-grandchildren, George Roller and wife Mary of Smithville, Victor Roller of Smithville, and Lynna Martin of Shelbyville; special friends, Alice Kinnard and Brenda Sullivan; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Mrs. Smith served on the board of Families in Crisis, was a recipient of the Book of Golden Deeds Award, and operated her own catering business.
Special thanks to Amedysis Hospice and Melinda Beck and Diana Hill.
Funeral sevice will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at High’s Chapel with David Daugherty, and Ken and Casey Shirley officiating. Burial will follow at Shellsford Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and from 9 a.m. until the time of service Monday at High’s.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) June 21, 2015