Bessie Smith, 87, Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at the Henry County Health Center.
Visitation will begin after noon on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Andy Avery officiating. Burial will be in the Green Mound Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the First Baptist Church and the Green Mound Cemetery in her memory. Online condolences may be directed to www.olsonpowell.com.
Born Jan. 23, 1926, in rural Yarmouth, she was the daughter of Joseph and Iva (Kemmry) Zachmeyer. She attended the Yarmouth School. On March 13, 1943, she married Melvin Everett Smith. He preceded her in death.
She worked as a bookkeeper alongside her husband for his construction business and the family farm. She enjoyed taking care of her family. Favorite hobbies included cooking and baking. She enjoyed growing flowers, especially roses, and gardening. A member of First Baptist Church, she also belonged to the women’s circle of the church.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty (Irvin) Jerrel and Alison Black all of Mt. Pleasant; two sons, Duane (Laura) Smith of Ft. Collins, Colo. and Everett Smith of Mt. Pleasant; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild.
Preceding her in death are her husband; her parents; a daughter, Charlotte Hodson; a brother, Martin “Bud” Zachmeyer; three sisters, Marie Engel, Ruth Charles and Nellie Downs; and a grandson.