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Lucy Avery Smith, 86
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Lucy Avery Smith, 86, of Smyrna, died Monday, Feb. 15, at The Waterford Assisted Living in Rutherford County.

Ms. Smith was born in DeKalb County to Henry Wright Avery and Sallie Mitchell Cope Avery on Aug. 24, 1934.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six halfbrothers, Bennie, Lucky, Drophia, Kelly, Luther, and Johnny Bufford Cope, two halfsisters Julia Phillips and Cyrena Barnes, and one sister June Ledford.

Survivors include one daughter, Patsy (David) Meeks of Nashville, one granddaughter, Rachel (Jason) Blackburn of Smyrna; two step-grandchildren, Jayden and Joyelle Blackburn, and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Special friends were Loyce Holcomb of Smithville, Louise Pearsall of McMinnville, and Donna Day of Spring, Texas.

Ms. Smith was a prior resident of the Pomona community of Cumberland County where she was a self-employed grocer for 29 years. After retirement, she became a resident of McMinnville in Warren County. Her hobbies included gardening, growing flowers, working puzzles, and needlework. When she was 80 years old, she entered three items in the Warren County Fair and won first place on all three.

Graveside service and interment will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Keltonburg Cemetery in DeKalb County. Family and friends are to meet at cemetery. No visitation will be held at High’s. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Feb. 19, 2021