Inez Buchanan Smith

May 13, 1925May 20, 2018

Inez Buchanan Smith, 93, of Cornelius, formerly of Charlotte passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Levine Dickson Hospice House of Huntersville surrounded by her loved ones. She was born May 13, 1925 in Eastman, GA to the late Ernest & Zell Buchanan.

She lost her mother at the age of 6 and helped to raise her 3 little brothers. Mrs. Smith worked for the Naval Ordinance Plant making tracers for WW II and later retired from Charlotte Mecklenburg School System after 20 years to stay home and love her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Charles Lee Smith Jr. and her brothers, Ernest Buchanan, Ben A. “Buck” Buchanan and Robert Buchanan. She is survived by her 3 children, Charles Lee Smith III and wife Leigh Smith, Colleen Briggs and husband William Briggs and Tina Gardner Chadd and husband Alan Chadd; grandchildren, Bryan Conrad, Kelsey Briggs, Mackenzie Gardner & Ryan Gardner.

She was a longtime member of Purcell United Methodist Church and lived in the Ashley Park Neighborhood for over 42 years. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her extraordinary caring heart and nurturing nature started with her family, but extended to everyone she touched. She will be greatly missed.

A service to celebrate her life will be Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Forest Lawn West , 4601 Freedom Dr. Charlotte, NC 28208 with a visitation one hour prior to the service.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Diane Stinson

May 21, 2018

Aunt Inez was such a loving person. I can say I never heard her say a unkind word about anyone. She always checked on her extended family making sure we were ok after our dad passed. She will be greatly missed. I love you Aunt Inez. Thank you for loving me.

Linda Ganus

May 21, 2018

I remember bringing my Daddy "Bo" to cut her grass while he was still living and able to do so. That was a long time ago. I enjoyed chatting with Ms. Inez sitting in her backyard. She was a very sweet and kind lady who will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to her loved ones to be lifted up at this time of great sorrow.