Mother Louise Annie Mae Allen Smith, affectionately known as “Weezy”, was born on August 8, 1943 in Johnston County, North Carolina to the late Robert Alton and Novie Allen. She attended Apex Consolidated High School.
She was married to the O. D. James Smith, Sr.
Mother Smith worked at Johnson & Foster Dry Cleaners, Wayne’s Dry Cleaners and Duke University Medical Center until she retired.
She was a faithful member of Jesus House of Prayer Holy Church under the leadership of the late Bishop Leon Saunders. Later She joined Highway House of Prayer Holiness Church, Inc. under the leadership of Bishop George E. Trice. There she served on many auxiliaries until her health declined.
Mother Smith LOVED attending Gospel Singings and had a special place in her heart for children of whom many she cared for as though they were her own.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and three sisters.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories, one son, O.D. James, Jr. (Angela) of Greenville, NC; four daughters, Benita Armstrong, Sonya Smith, Felicia Smith and Gwendolyn Lynch (DJ), all of Durham, NC; one brother, Lee McClain (Barbara) of Durham, NC; six sisters, Minister Kathleen Staten of Apex, NC, Dr. Cecelia Trice (Bishop George), Geraldine Allen, Lillie Allen, Peggy Belton (Valentino), all of Durham, NC; Shirley Dunn (Emanuel) of Fuquay-Varina, NC; one sister-in-law, Sara Rogers (Mike); one brother-in-law, Sylvester Smith of Durham, NC; caretaker, granddaughter Victoria Smith of the home; two Goddaughters, Shirley Wilson of Durham, NC; and Sherry Imokhome (Aodele) of Kansas City, MO; 19 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and Fisher Heights Neighborhood kids.
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