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Irene Smith

FORT MILL -- Mrs. Irene Smith, 95, of 501 Starnes Pointe Court died Aug. 1, 2007, at Piedmont Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 9, 1912 in Fairfield County, S.C. to the late Savannah Lightner and Mattie Lightner. She attended Fairfield County schools. She was a member of Indian hill AME Zion Church and served as a missionary and hymn choir member. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Smith.

She leaves to cherish her memories sons, Earl Smith Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., and James L. Smith of Fort Mill; daughters, Burdia M. Merritt of New York City and Annie B. Smith, Nancy S. Gilmore, both of Fort Mill; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Indian Hill AME Zion Church, with the Rev. Dorothy Johnson officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Parker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.