God called for his child, Wilma Allene “Polly” Smith, 91, to come home on Monday, June 29, 2009.
Mrs. Smith was born in DeQueen, Arkansas, on June 1, 1918, to the late Jim and Mertie Dennis Snapp. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of sixty-four years, the Reverend Hal C. Smith, Bristol, Tennessee; and her son-in-law, Edward Kutzner, Souderton, Pennsylvania.
Affectionately known as “Mama Smith,” she spent her formative years in Sullivan County, Tennessee, residing in Blountville and Bristol following her marriage at the age of fifteen. She was a fixture for over twenty-three years in the Children’s Department of the Parks–Belk store in Bristol, Virginia, but she was a full-time mother, grandmother, and great grandmother until her death. Her love and support for her family were unsurpassed, but her kindness and passion for all was her legacy. She served unselfishly with her husband while ministering to several rural churches and communities in the Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee region for over fifty years. They were the founders of the Union Hope Bible Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Virginia, where she maintained her church membership until her death. In addition to her untiring church work, she served her community faithfully through volunteer work with organizations such as the Haven of Rest Rescue Mission, her Church’s Food Pantry, and the area’s Meals on Wheels Program, which she served until the age of eighty-four.
Mrs. Smith moved to Bonaire, Georgia, in 2002 where she remained active. Her favorite activities were gardening, sewing, shopping, reading, aerobics, participating in her Ladies Bible Study Group, her unwavering Friday morning hair appointment, visiting with her neighborhood friends and appreciating the special affection of the Magnolia Guild. She worshipped at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Warner Robins.
She is survived by three most grateful children, Gladys Pullon (Marlin), Blountville, Tennessee, Jo Ann Kutzner, Souderton, Pennsylvania, and Major General Ron Smith (Debbie), USAF (Ret.), Warner Robins, Georgia; grandchildren, Marlene (Gary), Michael, Karl, Scott, Rick (Christy) and Wendi (Matt); step-granddaughters, Robin (Beau) and Alison (Kenny); great- grandchildren, Richard, David, John, Paige, Madison, Emilee and Abigail Allene; step-great grandsons, Ethan, Brady and Cole; and half-brothers, Billy Snapp and Joe Snapp, Blountville, Tennessee; special friends, Allen and Dulcie Mumpower and their families, and former daughter-in-law, Robin Smith.
A wife, mother, mother-in law, grandmother, great grandmother, dear friend, one of God’s children and in the eyes of all, a true "saint". Her smile, charm, and kindness were shared with those who knew her or just simply came in contact with her. She was one of those people who made you feel better by just being in her presence. Heaven warmly welcomed her home with open arms.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 o’clock Monday, July 6, 2009, at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home. The service of praise and worship will follow at 2 o’clock in the Paul Cook Memorial Chapel. The committal and interment will follow in Blountville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Marlin Pullon, Allen Mumpower, Grady Hensley, Wiley Webb, Mike Phipps and Shelton Hillman. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Suite 102, Johnson City, Tennessee 37601-2030 or to the Independent Board of Presbyterian Foreign Mission, P.O. Box 1346, Blue Bell, PA 19422. Condolences and memories may be sent to and viewed at www.oakley-cook.com. Mrs. Smith and her family are in the care of Oakley‑Cook Funeral Home.