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Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Alberta "Dovey" Imogene (De lozier) Smith

7 November , 19231 November , 2019
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Alberta Imogene (De Lozier) Smith was born on November 7, 1923 on a small farm in Bryson City, NC to loving parents, Jesse De Lozier and Virginia Patterson, one of two daughters and three sons. She was predeceased by her parents and all siblings. Alberta had her share of challenges in life, which she often turned into opportunities. With a sharp wit and great sense of humor, she made it through decades of change in her nearly 96 years and boosted up many others along the way. Alberta’s challenges started early. She was very close with her father whom she lost suddenly around the age of six. At the age of seven, Alberta contracted meningitis which had no treatment in 1930. She survived the affliction, however, was left profoundly Deaf from its affects. Alberta soon turned her new “handicap” into a lifetime of adventure, achievement and advocacy. Alberta was sent to the residential North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD) where she learned American Sign Language and, by her own admission, emerged as a natural entertainer, otherwise known as the “class clown”. She graduated from NCSD in 1943, earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Gallaudet University in 1950 and a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee in 1960. Her professional career included teaching at the Illinois School for the Deaf and the Tennessee School for the Deaf where she climbed the ladder from teacher to Supervising Teacher to the first Deaf woman Principal in the country. For over 40 years, Alberta advocated for equal access and the advancement of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people through education, activism and legislation. She chaired the committee of the Tennessee Public Service Commission that passed legislation to reduce long distance rates for the Deaf, Chaired the Knoxville Area Communication Center for the Deaf board of directors, Vice-chaired the Tennessee Council for the Hearing Impaired, served on the Knoxville Mayor’s Council for the Handicapped and Elderly, and was a board member of Quota Club of Knoxville for decades. Over the years, she earned honors such as, Teacher of the Year and Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year. In 1979, she received distinctive recognition for outstanding service, leadership and achievements as the Quota Club International Deaf Woman of the Year and was flown to Sydney, Australia to accept her award. In addition to her work and community service, Alberta pursued many passions. She loved traveling (visiting over 12 countries and 50 states), dining experiences of all kinds, watching sports (especially the Vols, Braves and anything her grandkids played), doing crossword puzzles, drinking black coffee and red wine, and making people laugh every day of her life. She even starred in her own PBS comedy show in the early 1970’s. Above all else, Alberta dearly loved and was truly devoted to her children, Misty, Weldon (Sally), Carolene (Hal) and Margie (Sean), her 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, all of whom love her very much and will miss her jokes, laughs and hugs.

A wall hanging found in Alberta’s room read, “The Best things in life are not things”. This quote epitomizes how she lived her life. She worked hard to earn experiences, adventures and connections with people, not to accumulate things. The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the loving staff and owners of Freedom Senior Living Center for caring so much for Alberta in her final three years.

A Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 12:00-2:00 PM in the Chapel of Berry Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life Service to follow. Condolences may be expressed at www.berryfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, 16 November , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 16 November , 2019

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Alberta "Dovey" Imogene (De lozier) Smith

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gregg and tracy price

17 November 2019

My wife and I met Alberta 2 years ago at the facility where both she and my mom lived. Her light shone brightly, and we were drawn to her infectious personality immediately. We had lots of opportunities to get to spend time with her...little precious moments that presented themselves. Sometimes we would meet her walking down the hall... I would always stop to shake her hand in friendship. Sometimes when we'd meet she would begin a little dance...she had the most happy spirit and an almost permanent smile. I might be sitting in the hall outside my mom's room, when Alberta would come along down the hallway...with a gesture, I would invite her to sit in the chair beside mine and she would accept. Within moments she would begin signing enthusiastically some story of great content, her eyes, eyebrows, and face conveying the intensity of the event. I don't sign, so I would do my best react appropriately. We had some small bond, and we were the ones who were always Blessed by the visit. Every once in awhile God provides that we get to cross paths and spend a little time with people who have that special something, and Alberta was one undeniably of those people.
We send our love and prayers to all her family and friends.
Gregg and Tracy Price

Kim Cowan

15 November 2019

We were so sorry to hear, she always had a smile on her face and pep in her step. She is missed. Hugs and healing from Kim And Jay

Doug Little

15 November 2019

Always enjoyed watching Alberta and the Smith dog, Jack., having ‘conversations’ on the front porch.
Always a smile and wave!

Linda Braren

14 November 2019

Dear Alberta (DeLozier) Smith’s families,

May God be comfortable with you all. Now, Alberta is in peace. She was wonderful. Thanks for everything what she did for us during she was our supervising teacher and principal.

His Glory,

Linda Braren
TSD Class of ‘76

Leslie Percelly

13 November 2019

What a funny lady she was. She will be missed. Prayers to all of you. Leslie and Gigi

Don Thompson

9 November 2019

It was my good fortune to know and work with Alberta for more than 30 years. She loved the students and always sought what was best. And even in difficult situations, Alberta found ways for seeing the brighter side. I hope I never forget her sweet giggles. She had a unique ability to tell stories and weave everyone into the plot. Her ability to convey the emotional atmosphere of the scene and fill in the details not only conveyed the message but helped those hearing her story feel they were right there with her. My prayers are for her family and friends. Alberta made a great impact on all our lives. May God bless you, family and friends.

Mary Pittman

6 November 2019

Heartbreaking news that Alberta Smith passed away. I remember meeting her at TSD in 1976, where she was Principal, and I was Dean of Students. She really impressed me with her intelligence, hard work ethic, and friendliness. Alberta will
be missed by many. Rest In Peace. 🤟

Wendy & Anthony Anderton

4 November 2019

We will always remember her as a willing, always smile, brave, warm-hearted & Loveable lady. She was the best Purple Heart staff at our TSD. Never forgot we all enjoy drink wine together. We will see her someday. Miss and love her. Wendy & Anthony

Deandre Allen

4 November 2019

Alberta smith, I will miss you dearly... I alway see you smile all the time.. you do really care about them.. thank you being care in TSD!!! I will miss you.. prayer to her family too🙏🏻 Deandre allen class of 1992 TSD

Monica Nolen

4 November 2019

Alberta Smith, I know you are very so sweet and love to help and care about in TSD... I will miss your smile all the time... I will miss you dearly.. prayer to her family too.. you are so amazing woman! 🙏🏻 Love alway ! Monica nolen class of 1995 tsd

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