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Nancy Mae Stone Smith

Posted By Hall-Wynne On May 1, 2019 @ 12:49 pm In Obituaries,Oxford | 28 Comments

Nancy Mae Stone Smith, 87, of Stem, NC died peacefully at her home on April 30, 2019 at 12:10 pm after struggling through years of dementia, two hip replacements and a recent leg amputation.

Born August 3, 1931 in Winston Salem, NC to the late Robie and Leslie Stone, Nancy was the first and only child.  Nancy graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston Salem in 1949. She continued her education for 2 years at Brevard then completed her education at High Point College where she received her teaching degree.

On Christmas Eve 1949, Nancy had her first date with whom would become the love of her life, James I. “Cap’n” Smith. They were married February 28, 1953.  They had two children, Stephen and Cindy.  This past February Jim and Nancy celebrated 66 years of marriage.

Nancy enjoyed being a stay at home mom for 15 years and then taught business education at South Granville High School for 21 years.  She served as the yearbook advisor for 10 years before she retired from SGHS in 1990.

Nancy was very involved in the lives and activities of her husband, children and community.  She was Editor of the Angus Handbook for 4 years, Editor of the NC Gelbvieh Handbook for 2 years and attended over 60 consecutive NC State Fairs to support Jim’s love and involvement of agriculture.  She was Jim’s “Girl Friday” who kept up with the clerical duties of the Angus farm, Janastci.  At most any cattle event, when you saw Jim, Nancy was nearby. She was a Den mother when Stephen was in cub scouts and a Brownie leader when Cindy was a Brownie.  She was a dedicated sidekick for Stephen traveling to and working at many craft shows, and a loyal supporter of Cindy for many years at the NC Professional Photographers events.

Nancy previously served as President of the Little League Athletic Association, Chairman of the Granville Country Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee, and served 33 years with the Granville Country Crime Stoppers. Nancy served on the CA Dillon Advisory Council and also volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem for several years. Nancy completed and earned the Death and Grief Studies Certification through Colorado State University in 2008. But the closest to her heart was volunteering for Hospice for 25 years.

Nancy loved the Lord and served as a Sunday school teacher for many years at Butner Methodist Church, as well as served on several church committees.  Not to mention selling pumpkins, bamboo jewelry, Christmas candles and chocolate Easter Eggs for fundraisers for the church!  She was most recently a member of Enon Baptist Church in Oxford.

Nancy is survived by her husband James I. Smith of the home;  son Stephen Smith (Rosa) of Apex; daughter Cindy Smith of Raleigh; Granddaughter Dannielle Rice (Aaron) great grandchildren Alex, Will and Gabrielle; Granddaughter Stephanie Lanier (Chris) great grandchildren Mia, Emma, Max, and Zac;

Sister in laws Melva Smith and Brenda James; Brother in Law Frank Smith; three Nieces, four Nephews, eight Great Nieces and five Great Nephews including her Great Niece Jessica James of Walnut Cove who was a dedicated companion to Nancy for the past several years.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm – 8 :00 pm on Friday May 3, 2019 at Gentry Newell and Vaughan Funeral Home, 503 College Street, Oxford, NC 919-693-5191 and other times at the home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday May 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Enon Baptist Church, 2298 Enon Road, Oxford, NC. Interment will be at South Granville Memorial Gardens, Stem, NC.

Flowers are welcomed or Memorial contributions can be made to Enon Baptist Church, 2298 Enon Road, Oxford, NC  27565; Granville Country Crime Stoppers, 2792 Hallie Burnette Road, Oxford, NC 27565, “Hospice”, or the charity of your choice.

Condolences for the family of “Nancy Mae Stone Smith”

Condolence from Denise Blalock Francis on May 1st, 2019 5:27 pm


I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a sweet lady and a fine teacher. I enjoyed being in her classes. May your treasured memories of her bring you comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Denise Blalock Francis

Condolence from William Gregory.? on May 1st, 2019 7:52 pm

Frieda and I are so sorry for your lose.
Please know that Mrs Smith is being held
In God’s arms . My you have peace in knowing she will be with Christ , Forever

Condolence from Donald & Krista Burton on May 1st, 2019 8:21 pm

We are so very to sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Smith. May your cherished memories fill your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Larry Conley on May 1st, 2019 9:18 pm

Cindy, Neta and I are really sorry for your loss. we all loved your Mom, and as long as you are with us your Mom’s memory will never fade.

Condolence from Gina Parham on May 1st, 2019 9:52 pm

So very sorry for your loss. She was one of my favorites at SGHS. May you all find comfort in the loving memories that will warm your hearts. Prayers for you all.

Gina Aiken Parham

Condolence from Charlie Lancaster on May 1st, 2019 10:13 pm

I’m so sorry Cindy for your loss. Your Mom was so influential in my life and she will be missed. Prayers for your family.

Condolence from Brenda Brogden on May 2nd, 2019 2:33 am

I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Smith. She was my teacher at South Granville and was always such a nice person. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Darnelle on May 2nd, 2019 9:17 am

Jim ,Stephen and Cindy,
So sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was a great teacher and I learned a lot from her not only from the courses she taught me but just good old morals. Bill and I would like to send a prayer that God will give peace and understanding today and the days ahead. Hold on to your great memories. Sending hugs and love to each of you. Bill & Darnelle Averre

Condolence from DEBORAH BUMPASS-GMC REHAB TEAM on May 2nd, 2019 9:18 am

My sincere condolences to the family, send you a big hug MR.SMITH and praying for your strength.Cindy you are an awesome daughter ,always looking out for and taking care of mom and dad, praying that God will continue to bless and keep you .You are my family and I love you guys.

Condolence from Suzie Smith on May 2nd, 2019 9:32 am

Jim – my most heartfelt sympathy to you and the family. You will be in my prayers!

Suzie Smith

Condolence from sonja t yagel on May 2nd, 2019 11:15 am

Mrs. Smith was one of the finest people I met during the time I lived in Granville County. She gave so much of her time to others and the Bible says we should be servants and Mrs. Smith sure earned her wings being a servant to so many causes. She really cared about her students she taught taking them on trips to learn about the real world. She was a very compassionate person who could be depended upon for support. The world needs more people like Mrs. Smith and it would be a much better place. Praying for you Mr. Smith, Cindy and Stephen, for your loss and Heaven’s gain.

Condolence from LeAnne Lindsay on May 2nd, 2019 12:09 pm

So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed being in her class at South Granville. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Condolence from Jeffrey Lyon on May 2nd, 2019 2:35 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Smith! She was a very nice lady & fun to be around at SGHS! Know that you & your family have my sincere condolences & are in my prayers! I recently lost my mother & know the pain!
Jeffrey H. Lyon

Condolence from Betsy Hayes on May 2nd, 2019 3:33 pm

Cindy and Jim my thoughts and prayers are with yall. Nancy was a sweet and loving person.

Condolence from Ray & Suzanne Brewer on May 2nd, 2019 6:09 pm

Mr. Jim, Cindy & Family: I am heart broken to read of Nancy’s passing. She was a wonderful lady who I always admired. You are all in our thoughts & prayers. Hold onto the wonderful memories as they will bring your comfort in the coming days. Please know that we are so very sorry, but she is whole again and at peace. We all know that she is in heaven looking down on you!
We will always treasure many North Carolina Angus Association memories with Jim, Nancy & Cindy (and her camera)!

Condolence from James and Jessica Smith on May 2nd, 2019 7:01 pm

Jim and Cindy, and Stephen: Our sincerest condolences on the passing of Nancy. Whenever we think of NC and some of the JSS FF’s that were held there, our thoughts return to Nancy and her total commitment to and involvement in the Society. How many times have we all laughed about the French Broad rafting which, among many other activities, she organized. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family during this difficult period.

Condolence from James W. Smith on May 2nd, 2019 7:17 pm

Dear Stem Jim and Cindy, So sorry to hear about Nancys passing. We always enjoyed spending time with all of you at the Jim Smith Fun Fest. Reading her obit it is clear that her life was a life well lived. Hope to see you both this fall in Gettysburg. Wapakoneta Jim & Barb Erin and Matt Smith

Condolence from Vanessa Pernell Adcock on May 2nd, 2019 7:50 pm

I loved having Mrs. Smith as my teacher at SGHS. She was an awesome lady!

Condolence from Terry Bunce Burgin on May 2nd, 2019 10:12 pm

What a wonderful colleague and lady..Prayers and much live to family ..

Condolence from Terry Bunce Burgin on May 2nd, 2019 10:18 pm

Prayers and much love…

Condolence from Judy Burch on May 2nd, 2019 10:57 pm

To Mr. Smith and family— sorry to hear of Mrs Smiths passing– prayers for you all at this sad time–

Condolence from Tim Cottrell on May 3rd, 2019 8:11 am

Cindy and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. She made such an impact on so many people throughout her life and it was always with a smile. Praying for your family during this time.

Tim Cottrell

Condolence from Brenda Tuck on May 3rd, 2019 10:44 am

Blessing, peace and comfort to the family of Mrs. Smith through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I did not know Mrs. Smith personally but have heard so many good things about her and your family through my Church family with your allowing our Baptist Men to bring our children to your pond for a fishing day. May all your wonderful memories of your wife, Mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother give you joy and comfort every time she comes to your mind.

Condolence from Joseph & Linda Hicks on May 3rd, 2019 11:09 am

Joseph and I are sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Although you were blessed to have her in your lives for so many years, it is never easy losing one so dear to you. Remember to keep her in your heart, and she will always be with you. We pray that God in his infinite wisdom will ease your pain and give you peace.

Joseph & Linda Hicks
NC Angus Association

Condolence from Alan Sotelo on May 3rd, 2019 1:29 pm

I will never forget Ms. Nancy; what a wonderful person and what a wonderful impression she made on us.

Condolence from Pat Oakley on May 4th, 2019 6:21 pm

Jim, Cindy and Stephen and Family,

So many have been blessed by Nancy’s presence over the years! She came and stayed some with Sid when she was with Hospice… he was glad to have a friend come to be with him and I was so grateful too, for her help during his time just before his leaving..

May you , in time, celebrate the life she lived, the kindness she shared and the difference she made being in our lives.

Thinking of you at this difficult time ,
Pat Oakley

Condolence from Doug Vaughan on May 4th, 2019 9:23 pm

Sorry for your loss. God bless

Condolence from Nancy Suitt Bowes on May 6th, 2019 12:07 pm

So so very sorry for y’alls lose. Though I never had her for a teacher I have vived memories of her always smiling
May the good Lord be with the family during this sorrowful time.

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