Sarah Mason Rogers Smith

October 1, 1942April 21, 2013

Mrs. Smith, 70, of Monroe, NC, passed away on April 21, 2013, in the Harris Hospice Unit at Presbyterian Hospital-Main.

She was born on Oct. 1, 1942, in Adairville, KY, to the late Maurice Halliburton Rogers, Sr., and Miriam Eleanor Hipple Rogers.

Sarah was a graduate of Olmstead High School (1960-KY) and Kentucky Wesleyan College (1964). She was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years in the Logan County (KY) School System (Adairville Elementary). Her love of children carried on after retirement as she moved from her home in Kentucky to South Carolina to help care for her grandchildren and lovingly influence their lives. They will misstheir “Nana” tremendously and will especially miss having her read to them. She loved to cross stitch and quilt and was an excellent cook. She was a University of Kentucky college basketball fan and a Chicago Cubs fan as well. Sarah was a strong spirited, sacrificing, hard working mother. She loved her children and grandchildren with all of her heart.

A lifelong Methodist, she most recently attended Harrison United Methodist Church in Pineville, NC.

Survivors include her son, Teddy Glenn Smith, Adairville, KY; her daughters, Benji Pauline Rust, Nashville, TN, and Sarah Corinne Walser (Harrison), Charlotte, NC; three grandchildren, Eleanor Rose Harrell, Rock Hill, SC (daughter of her deceased daughter, Mriam Rust Harrell, 1974-2011); Benjamin Clark Walser, and Harrison Clark Walser, both of Charlotte, NC; her brothers, Thaddeus “Sonny” E. Rogers (Carole), Adairville, KY, and Maurice “Buddy” H. Rogers, Jr. (Arlene), Hixson, TN; her sister, Ann Bates Rogers Clark (Wayne), Columbia, SC; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Her family will greet friends on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, from 1:30pm-3:00pm at the Harrison United Methodist Church, 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville, NC, followed by her funeral service at 3:00pm. Reverend Tim Webster will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Sarah was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Gene Smith (2007); her daughter, Miriam Frances Rust Harrell (2011); and her sister, Mary Eleanor Rogers Caine (2001).

The family extends special thanks to Oncology Specialists of Charlotte, Dr. Justin Favaro and his staff; Southeastern Radiation Oncology of Charlotte; Debbie Ellison and family, dear friends of Charlotte, NC; and Woodridge Assisted Living Center, Monroe, NC, Stephanie Yow and staff, residents, and friends.

Donations in Sarah’s memory may be directed to the Benevolent Fund, MEDIC, 4525 Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC 28269, and the Adairville/Oakland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 115, Adairville, KY 42202.

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Ann Clark

April 28, 2013

Dear Middle Sis,
I will miss your smile, your laugh, the memory stories we shared, my "Sister" greeting cards, your encouragement for me to fight the "Big C" and your- "I love you too,". Thank you for all your love, and most of all, thank you for sharing your precious daughters with me.
Baby Sis

April 24, 2013

Corinne and Benji, I tried emailing Corinne when I heard of the passing of Sarah. It was returned, so am glad to find this. I didn't realize how ill Sarah was and am mourning her loss. We shared twelve years of teaching together, sharing materials, and being proud of having the highest first grade scores in the county. I am glad that we will have a memorial service here in Adairville and Sean has promised to take me to the Methodist Church for it tomorrow night. I would like to send my memorial gift to the scholar ship fund for little Eleanor. Please send me the address to I love you both and send tears and a big hug. Nola W.

Tien Ontiveros

April 23, 2013

Corrine and Benji, so sorry to hear your mom passing. My deepest condolence to you and your family. My prayers are with you. Sending you love and big hug.

Mitch & Carol Parker

April 23, 2013

We offer our sincere sympathy to all of you and pray God gives you comfort in knowing how many lives Sarah touched. The cross stitch of Logan County that she gave to us will always hang in our den, and it will always remind us of Sarah's love for us. She also made Gary & Tonya a beautiful cross stitch with their wedding date and names. They, too, will always treasure it and the love and time she put into making it for them. We were fortunate to have been her friend, and we are blessed to have all of her family as dear friends. May God give you strength as you grieve your loss. We love you. Mitch and Carol

Glenda Burchett

April 23, 2013

I always loved Sarah. She and I were childhood friends, went to school together, taught my son in school and neighbor to my grand- parents. I'll never forget our encounter with the bee hive . Loved that Sarah. Glenda Baldwin Burchett