Mrs. Emma Grace Campbell Smith 78 of Fairmont, North Carolina passed away on Thursday November 17, in the comfort of her home after a short illness. She was surrounded by family and peacefully sucummed to the will of God, answering His call to "Come Home". She was the daughter of the late Frank Russell and Beulah Inman Campbell. Emma Grace was born on November 26, 1943 in Robeson County. Emma Grace graduated from Rosenwald High School in 1961. On March 9, 1968 she was united in marriage to the late Ernest Smith. In this union they were blessed with one son, Reginald Smith.
Emma Grace joined Spring Branch Baptist Church in Fairmont at a young age. She ushered , and held other positions in the church until her health failed her. She was a faithful member of the Sunday School Department. She worked diligently on the Pastors Anniversary and Church Anniversary as well as the Family and Friends Day Celebration for years. She was also a supportative member of the Campbell Family Reunion Committee.
Emma Grace lived and made a fruitful life for herself in Brooklyn, New York for forty-five years. She was employed as a data keypunch operator for twenty- five years and retired from Select Magazine Cooperation in New York City.
After retirement, she returned to her hometown of Fairmont, North Carolina where she enjoyed running the road with her sisters, playing bingo, and watching her favorite TV shows. Emma Grace loved her church family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Emma Grace was preceded in death by her siblings, three brothers Wooster, Alexander and Louis (Bo) Campbell; and three sisters, Euliah Watson, Lorene Campbell and Margaree Jones.
She leaves to cherish her fond memories: her son, Reginald (Rachael) Smith, seven grandchildren, Steven, Natasha, Elijah, Shane, Kayleigh, Aaliyah and Jaxton;
two sisters, Vashti Inman and Ruby Neil Campbell, both of Fairmont, North Carolina; two sisters- in- law, Gloria Campbell of Fairmont, North Carolina, and Dorothy Campbell of Flint, Michigan;
two Godchildren: Eddie McGill of Los Angeles, California and Michelle Sharma of Bridgeport, Connecticut and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and a special niece, Connie Canery, whom she called her daughter and special friends, Dave and Eunice Granger.