Verna Lea Smith

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 19, 2011

Dec. 2, 1925 – Aug. 17, 2011

FERRIDAY — Services for Verna Lea Smith, 85, of Ferriday, who died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, La., will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Era Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Baker officiating.

Burial will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home in Ferriday.

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Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the church.

Mrs. Smith was born Dec. 2, 1925, in Mayna, La., the daughter of Adolph Bryan and Julia Runnels Bryan. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Ferriday.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Gertie Beauboeuf, Vertie Beauboeuf, Maudel Flaherty, Lillian Terrell and Muriel Barrett; and two brothers, Julius Bryan and Leslie Bryan.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Hilton Lee Smith; two sons, Frank Smith and wife, Sharon, of Zachary, La., and Michael Elliott-Smith and wife, Leslie, of Alexandria; two brothers, Calvin Bryan of Alexandria and Coney Bryan and wife, Bernice, of Ferriday; one sister, Sadie Lipsey of Monterey; one grandson, Eric Smith and wife, Cathy; three granddaughters, Nicole Harding and husband, Josh, Lindsey Elliott-Smith and Megan Elliott-Smith; one great-grandson, Dalton Smith; and one great-granddaughter, Chelsea Smith.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.

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