Teresa Smith

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Teresa Smith, age 97, was born December 19, 1926, in Goodwater, Coosa County, Alabama to Glynnie Pollard Strong and Rufus Strong. She was one of 14 siblings, 6 sisters and 7 brothers. She attended school in Goodwater, Alabama.

As a young child, Teresa confessed Christ as her Savior at Marietta Baptist Church where her brother Thurston Strong was a founding member. The family moved to Springfield, Ohio in 1957, she continued as a housewife and later began working at Wittenberg University.

She met and married the love of her life, James Smith in 1948. To this union, were born 4 children: Sherbie Frank Smith, Wali Shamsi-deen (Arthur Gene), Maxine Smith, and Clemetine Bray. She joined Mount Carmel Baptist Church in the late 1960s and was an active member of the choir and mother’s ministry. She was a member of the Inflammatus Choir (Directed by Billy Moore). She was Mother T. of the Debbie Tough Steppers (DTS) Drill Team. She loved singing, dancing, exercising, and listening to her favorite music (R&B and Gospel). Most of all she loved talking on the phone, whether it was a cell phone or landline, and believe it or not, she knew how to work both at the same time. As a caring member, she performed her job at Wittenberg University until she quit in 1979 and became a babysitter for her grandchildren.

In 2023 she celebrated 75 years of marriage to James Smith.

Leaves to Cherish Her Memory:
Daughters: Maxine Smith – Patuxent River, MD, and Clemetine Bray – Springfield, OH. Grandchildren: Shawn Smith Patton and Dawn Smith – Dayton, OH; Brandon Smith – Clinton, MD; Wali McLeod, and Shelly Browning – Columbus, OH; Tyrone Smith, Shantel Woods, Wanda (Vincent) Roberts, Brittney Welbaum, Alan Duncan, and God-daughter Dottie McNeil – Springfield, OH.
Bonus Sons: Claude Castleberry, Jr. – Springfield, OH, and Bishop Steve Houpe, Kansas City, MO. 17 great-grandchildren: Josh Woods, Jr. – Columbia, MD; Jayce and Lennox Woods, Jaylen Smith, Keenan Duncan, Lashay, Vachaie, Voshna’, Venniz, Vada, and Vincent Roberts, Jr., Marquise Brown – Springfield, OH; Taylor Daniels, Kyle Siders, Salia, Sydnie, and Madison McLeod – Columbus, OH.

Preceded in death by her parents, Husband James F. Smith, two sons, Sherbie Frank Smith, and Wali Shamsid-deen (Arthur Gene), son-in-law Alan Bray, grandson Torrance Smith, 6 sisters, and 7 brothers.

The Departure:
Teresa Smith received her wings at 12:30 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at the glorious age of 97.
Good night, Queen, the battle is over, and the victory is yours. See you in that getting up morning!!

Condolence Messages

  1. You will be missed dearly Auntie by all of us. We love you and thanks for the memories. Rest well now and watch over us.

  2. RIP angel. She was one of a kind. She immediately made me feel at home when I first met her. I knew after meeting her why Shantel was the giving, loving, caring spirt she is. The love and kindness radiated though her kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Her love and warmth will be her legacy. My heart goes out to everyone in the family. Know you are in my heart and prayers. ❤️

  3. Our Condolences to the Smith family from the children of Raymond Strong. Rest well Auntie.

  4. Veronica Gail Strong Hall Ellis

    We remember with fondness how our father, Raymond Strong, lovingly talked to us about Aunt “T-Ressah” . He loved to use his nickname for her when recalling their childhood. Our deepest sympathies and love to our cousins and extended family on this sad occasion. May the Bible message of hope and resurrection bring you comfort. Lovingly the children of Raymond Strong, Sr., Sue, Gail, Vivian, Raymond Jr, Reginald and Ronald

  5. Lawanda Longmile

    Love you Aunt Teresa you will be missed I remember the time you and Uncle James would come down here to Goodwater for the summer…you was our dancing Auntie❤️
    Great memories.. Family I’m sorry I couldn’t make the trip up but I sending my hugs and love by my daughter Nadia

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