Sheila Maria Smith

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Sheila Maria Smith – born to Hazel Christine and James Preston Holmes on October 30, 1947 she departed this life on Monday November 22, 2021.

Sheila was a graduate of Columbus East High School in 1967 and she studied dietary science at the Columbus Technical Institute (CTI) currently known as Columbus State Community College.

She was a member of the Exodus Fellowship Church where the pastor is Curtis Calloway. As a member she was a Church Mother and an active participant on the pastor appreciation and welcoming committees. Sheila loved the Lord and her church family.

Sheila’s love of the Lord was reflected in her full and beautiful life. As a mother and friend she could instruct you and love you with stories from work and play. Her stories were helpful, life affirming and amusing. She drew these stories from her professional and personal experiences. She met people from all walks of life including celebrities like Diana Ross and the Jackson Five. She always had the best birthdays because it was close to Halloween. She enjoyed reality TV, comedies and game shows like Supermarket Sweep. And some may be surprised that she even enjoyed Pose and Insecure. These things kept her progressive, youthful and are why so many young people loved to be around her.

Sheila is preceded in death by her parents; husband’s William “Pete” DeLorch, James Charles Smith, Raymond Taylor; sister Fannie Womick; Endeared relatives; Good friends Jerry Shull, Taffy Diggs and Pat White; and foster son Montego Banner.

She is survived by son Leon DeLorch (Dawnesa), foster sons Andrae and Patrick Hamler, Sir Elton Wilson, Eric VonSchriltz II. Grandchildren, Leon Jordan DeLorch, Jazmen Pettigrew, Alaisia Rozelle, Amari Rozelle, Donavan and Desmond DeLorch, Deonjae Thacker, Quinton Pittman, Shyonna Jackson, Andrae Hamler III, Airiana Owens and three great grandchildren. Sisters, Sherrie (Greg) Alfred, Valeria (Tony) Terry, Sheila Simmons, Judith Holmes (Michael), Lisa (Tracey) Munnerlyn, Angela Burns. Brothers, Steve Holmes, Charles Buggs, Leo (Monica) Simmons, Lugene (Pam) Simmons, Julius Russell, Christopher Russell a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and longtime friends, Joanny Easley, Carol Hinton, Letia (John) Hagg and Pam Fisher.

Private Visitation 10:00 AM and Private Funeral Service 11:00 AM Thursday, December 2, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. Mask and Social Distancing are required. Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery.

Condolence Messages

  1. Lisa R. Munnerlyn

    I loved, loved, loved Sheila!
    I wasn’t in touch as much as I should’ve been, but she has and will always live on in my heart as I remember the last time I spoke with her.
    My prayers are for everyone who knew her to continue to remember her as the amazing warm-hearted woman that she was and is in heaven!!!

  2. Sorry for your loss! My prayers and condolences to the entire family! Weeping may endure through the night but joy cometh in the morning. Psalms 30:5 God is close to the broken hearted! Psalms 34:18

  3. Remembering the family in heartfelt prayer.
    May you draw comfort from God as he help you to cope with the heavyweight of your loss. With caring thoughts.

  4. Your sis. Evang. Valeria A. Terry

    Sheila Maria Smith, OMG! what an awesome big sister. Always kind caring, chock full of wisdom and knowledge. Sheila could cook, man oh man, she could cook. I love to hear her tell stories and share tidbits, and nuggets of wisdom with all her family and friends. There will never be another like her. Sheila we will miss you and always love you sister, so long for now until we meet again. ❤

  5. aunt sheila you will be missed right now i’m sitting in school typing this just wondering why did this happen to you instead of somebody else like why you why

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