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STRUTHERS – Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Word In Action Ministry, 150 9th St., Campbell, for Mrs. Dannie Mae Smith, 85, who departed this life Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Northside Medical Center.

Mrs. Smith was born April 9, 1928, in Annemanie, Ala., a daughter of Sampson and Cora Watkins Davenport.

She was a graduate of Arlington Literary Industrial High School and attended Youngstown State University. She was a former member of the Pilgrim Baptist Church. Dannie enjoyed cooking, shopping, traveling, and attending family reunions. She was a self-employed caregiver for many, and provided a home and love for those she cared for. She was also owner/operator of the La Chic and Dannie’s Boutique. She had also been employed by LTV Steel (Youngstown Sheet and Tube).

Her husband, William, whom she married Nov. 18, 1950, passed away in 1996.

She leaves to cherish her memory, three sons, John Watkins of Detroit, William Smith Jr. (Patrilla Lightfoot) of Struthers and Frederick E. (Jacquelyn) Smith of Youngstown; a brother, Samuel Davenport of Detroit; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a special friend, Charlie Clyburn Jr. of Youngstown; and a host of loving family and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James “Buster” Watkins, Matthew Davenport, and Sampson Davenport Jr.; and two sisters, Sadie Lee Eldridge and Norma Lee Dock.

Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements are entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

Guestbook Entries

“You have my deepest Sympathy, May the Lord comfort you at this time . ”

 » Derick Edwards  on November 21, 2013

“For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4: 14, 16, 17, 18. Praying for strength in this hour of your love one. The McDonald family”

 » Minister Sandra Shaw on November 23, 2013

“Freddie, Jackie and Bill, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you continue to honor your mother's life. May your loving memories sustain you and God continue to Bless.”

 » Evelyn Joyce Hightower on November 24, 2013

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