Laura Foster Smith

Published 10:39 am Thursday, January 30, 2020

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Mrs. Laura Foster Smith, 101, of Dulin Road, Mocksville, died at her home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 after a short illness.

She was born on Nov. 18, 1918 in Davie County to the late Robert Lee and Mozelle Tucker Foster. She was also preceded in death by: her husband of more than 50 years, Gray F. Smith, in 1989; 4 sisters; and 3 brothers.

She spent her childhood on the family dairy farm in Davie County. She and her husband operated the Gray Smith Studio in Mocksville for many years. She loved to decorate and collected dolls and teapots. She was especially fond of the Christmas season and loved to put up several trees in her home. In 2018, the family was blessed to celebrate her 100th birthday with a party in her honor.

Survivors: her sons, Bob G. Smith (Mary) of King, Ron L. Smith (Jeanette) and Johnny L. Smith (Rebecca) all of Mocksville; her daughter, Lynette Smith Braun of Moneta, Va.; her grandchildren, Byron L. Smith of Mocksville, Rhonda C. Smith of Newport, Michelle Smith of Mocksville, Rhiana Poe of Winston-Salem, Jonathan Smith of Mocksville, Phillip Smith (Gaye) also of Mocksville and Michael Smith (Marie) of Winston-Salem; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Wood of Mocksville and Hallie Lawson of Winston-Salem; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31 at Eaton Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Hurst officiating. Burial will follow in Smith Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorials: Smith Grove UMC Cemetery Fund, 3492 US 158, Mocksville.