Maxine Stanley Smith
Maxine Stanley Smith, 89, of the Stoney Creek Community, passed away November 7, 2020, after a long period of declining health. She had been progressing through the stages of Alzheimer’s for the past several years.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Lucy Willis Stanley; her husband, Ralph Smith; her twin sister, Irene Persinger; and brothers, Jim Stanley, Ray Stanley and Roy Stanley.
Maxine, along with her twin sister Irene, was born on December 22, 1930, in Beach Fork, W.Va., to Melvin and Lucy Willis Stanley. She was married to Ralph Smith on June 21, 1952 and together they worked the long hours of a farming life in addition to having factory jobs. If you mentioned her name to people who knew her, they would always comment on how she was one of the strongest and hardest working women they knew. She enjoyed gardening, canning vegetables, quilting, keeping everything spotless, and lying in the sun. Her fondest memories were of her vacations at the beach with her friend Nora. Maxine also enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. You were never allowed to leave the house unless you ate something and/or took something home with you. This one of a kind woman will truly be missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Belmarie Smith Maddox (husband Ronnie); grandson, Joshua Smith Greer (wife Evangeline); granddaughter, Lacey Smith Moore (husband Sam); great-grandson, Nathan Moore; great-granddaughters, Anna Marie Moore and Olivia Greer; brother, Elby Stanley (wife Betty); and sisters, Phyllis Presnell and Jean Smith.
The graveside service was conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, November 13, at Davis Cemetery, Stoney Creek, with the Rev. Brian Smith officiating. Music was provided by Chris Smith. Interment followed the service. Active pallbearers, who were requested to assemble at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Friday, were Ronnie Maddox, Joshua Greer, Nathan Moore, Sam Moore, Owen Grindstaff and Michael Persinger. Friends registered their presence at the funeral chapel from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, November 12. The family would like to thank Caris Hospice and a special thank you to Brenda Timbs for her loving care and support and to her caregivers. Family and friends assembled at the Davis Family Cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 207 Boone Street #25, Johnson City, TN 37604. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website: www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Smith family.