Charlotte Mae Smith, 91, of Kenova, West Virginia passed away at 4:15 am, August 6th, 2018, in Lexington, Kentucky. where she had moved to be closer to her brother, Vernon Smith. Charlotte was raised in Kenova, West Virginia, in a modest home on Poplar Street with her four brothers and parents. Her dad, James Lucien Smith, was Traffic Controller for Norfork & Western Railroads. Her mother, Ruth Hatten Smith, was a homemaker. Charlotte graduated from Ceredo Kenova High School and then Marshall University in 1945 with a degree in Education. She taught at Crum, Fort Gay, and then Vinson High School before moving to Washington D.C. and teaching for about 29 years in the Montgomery County School System in Silver Springs, Maryland. She retired and returned to Kenova to care for her mother in her final years. Following the passing of her mother, she was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia and was successfully treated in Texas at Houston Medical Center.
Charlotte took great interest in her hometown and family. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Kenova, served as a Board Member of Dreamland Pool, and supported the West Virginia Branch of the Humane Society. She had a rich pool of friends with whom she enjoyed many activities including Marshall football games and women’s golf tournaments. She took an avid interest in her brother’s families and her nieces and nephews. Family meant everything to her.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Lucien Benson, Delbert Weldon and Lowell Edward Smith. She is survived by her brother, Vernon Joseph Smith; her nephews Steve, Ronnie, Donnie, Lowell, Lance, and Lennie Smith; her nieces JoLynn West, Laura Mitchell, and Allison Bange; and 23 great-nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Kenova, on Saturday, August 11th at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be two hours before the funeral at the church. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington, WV. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dreamland Pool Board or the Humane Society in her name. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.