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Velda Lee Smith, 84

McMinnville resident and Warren County native Velda Lee Smith, 84, was born Nov. 17, 1935 and died March 6 at her residence following an extended illness.

Retired from Century Electric and a member of Mt. Leo Church of Christ, she was the daughter of the late Clabern Lee and Seawillow Hitchcock Curtis. She was married to Ernest Carl Smith, who preceded her in death July 8, 1978.

She is survived by sister Melvalene Smith of McMinnville, brother and sister-in-law Bud and Brenda Curtis of McMinnville, nieces, nephews and spouses Barry Seals, Vallerie and Brett Coffman, Lynn and Shawnda Curtis, and Sabernia and Chris Judkins, all of McMinnville, several great-nieces, great-nephews and one great-great-nephew, and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and other family members.

A graveside service and interment was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Trent Key officiating. Family and friends met at the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) March 8, 2020