Linda J. Smith
August 17, 1941 – March 12, 2020
Linda Juanita Smith was born August 17, 1941 in Washington, D.C. to the late Travis R. Pace, Sr. & Annie Lee Pace (Durham). She fell asleep in death, with her family at her side, on March 12, 2020 at the Capital Caring Hospice in Washington, D.C.
Linda attended Roosevelt Senior High School, graduating in 1959. After graduating high school, she went on to work for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. as a communications operator and retired in 2014.
Linda was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1973, along with her then husband, Bernard J. Smith, Jr., at the International Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses in Philadelphia, PA. She was 7 months pregnant with her son B.J. when she was baptized and as she put it, "she was as big as a house!." She loved to participate in the ministry as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, especially visiting elderly ones in the nursing homes to cheer them up.
Linda was well known for her genuine love and concern of people. She deeply loved her family, congregation members and friends. Her beautiful bubbly personality and great sense of humor made her so easy to love and attracted so many. She will be remembered for her distinctive expressions such as “dah dah dah,” “I don’t mean no harm,” and “that’s besides the point!”.
She is survived by her children, daughter Patricia Ann Pace (Moo); her son, Bernard Julius Smith, III (B.J.); her daughter Stephenie Alexandra Greene (Snow Bunny); her devoted son in law, Devon F. Greene (Chief, Doctor Devon) and her brother, Travis R. Pace, Jr., better known as Bubbie. She also leaves behind a host of family members whom she dearly loved.
Linda J. Smith
March 27, 2020
Linda, I met you in 1986 when I was working on a temp job for AT&T. We bonded so quickly. I didn’t know you were a witness then. I didn’t see you again until 2004 when I moved on Butternut Street. You told me you saw a short women walking down the aisle with a bounce and that you recognized that walk. That’s when I found out you were one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you saw me at a Special Day Assembly. We rekindled our friendship and have been close friends since. I moved to WV, we were making plans for you to come out to visit. We would talk for hours over the phone. I’m really going to miss you my dear friend. I know I will see you in the new world that Jehovah has promised. My husband and I send our love and prayers go out to your family. I can hear you say, “I don’t mean no harm”, and “what have you.” Until we see one another again.
Uniqca V. Powell
March 26, 2020
I will miss seeing Linda at the Kingdom Hall where we attended. Often times, after the meeting, I would see her making her way around to greet the friends, then I would approach her and always give her a BIG hug. I especially recall Linda going to another sister in the Kingdom Hall to help her with tips as the sister was going through the aftermath of her rehabilitation. Yes, Linda was there to offer suggestions and help. While helping others, no one knew, publicly, that Linda was sick because she did not mention it, and she never complained about it because she was thinking about others. What a wonderful servant of Jehovah....what a wonderful woman....what a wonderful friend....what a wonderful mother. Looking forward to seeing her again when she awakens from sleep.
March 25, 2020
I will forever remember your visit to see me in the hospital in January after I had just had my surgery. You were full of spunk as always and even smiling while telling me of your pain.
Your nurturing spirit for all is your legacy. We will miss your smile and that calm feeling that you made us all feel. Our comfort rests in knowing you are dwelling in the house of the Lord.
Thank you for your love and grace!!!