Dolores Thomas Smith, 88, a resident of Poplarville, Mississippi, died on Sunday, December 3, 2023. Dolores attended Pearl River Community College, received her B.S. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and then her Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from the University of Mississippi. She was a member of the Pearl River Community College faculty for 43 years, serving as chair of the Business Department during the final 27 years prior to her retirement in 2001.
Over the years Dolores was involved in civic activities, including serving for a number of years as member of the Board of Trustees of the Pearl River County Library Board and then further years as a Trustee of the Advisory Board of the Poplarville Library Board. She was a long time member of the Pearl River County Master Gardeners and served as president of that organization. She was also a long time member of the Blueberry Jubilee Council and a member of the Pearl River County Extension Service Advisory Board. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Poplarville and a longtime member of the church choir.
In addition to Dolores’ professional involvement as an educator and her civic activities, she was a devoted wife and mother.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Martin T. Smith and her parents, Barney and Winnie Thomas and one sister, Carolyn Nall.
Dolores leaves to forever cherish her memory to her one son, Martin Barney Smith; three grandsons, Adam, Evan and Andrew (Kaitlin) Smith, all of Poplarville, MS; and one sister, Vicki Smith.
Family and friends are invited to attend Dolores’ funeral service on Friday, December 8, 2023 for 2:00 pm at White Funeral Home, 315 Hwy 11 South, Poplarville, MS. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am. Burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Rev. Dr. Eric Pridmore will officiate the services.