Hilda Elizaeth Atkins ‘Lib’ Smith

Published 1:54 pm Sunday, October 25, 2020

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Hilda Elizabeth “Lib” Atkins Smith, 96, of Mocksville, formerly of Lexington, died on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 at Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation.

A graveside service will be Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. at Forest Hill Memorial Park. No formal visitation is planned.

Mrs. Smith was born Feb. 3, 1924 in London, England to the late Frederick John and Annie Norman Atkins. She served in the Women’s Land Army during World War II. She was a homemaker and loving mother and member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lexington.

She was also predeceased by: her husband of 57 years, Henry Bernis Smith, a soldier in the US Army she met while he was stationed in Great Britain prior to the invasion of Normandy in WWII; a brother, Frederick Henry Atkins, killed in action in Belgium just weeks before the end of WWII; 2 daughters, Tina Lynn Odonoghue and Jean Kyles (Max); and grandson, Kenneth James Kyles.

Survivors: 4 children, Anne Stapleton (Sid), Danny Patrick Smith (Vickie), Beth Walters (Wayne), and Henry Bernis Smith II (Chipper); and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Memorials: to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences: www.piedmontfuneralhome.com.