Maxine Ellis Smith
February 14, 1921 – April 11, 2019
Janie Maxine Smith died peacefully in her sleep April 11, 2018 at Springbrooke Nursing and Rehab Center in Clayton, NC. She was born February 14, 1921 in Clayton to Mable and Sam Ellis and remained a lifetime resident. Maxine was married to Leon Hallie Smith on June 4, 1942 and was employed by Annie V’s Flower shop for many years as bookkeeper and florist. She was known for making beautiful bows and bridal bouquets. She was a lifelong and dedicated member of First Baptist Church in Clayton. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mother was an avid cross word puzzle enthusiast as long as she was able. She loved to watch birds and butterflies. Her family would like to thank the staff, nurses and CNA’s at Springbrook who took such good care of her. Preceded in death by her husband, Leon Hallie Smith, She is survived by, brother, Russell Ellis, sister in law, Betty Hickman. Children, Jackie Smith, Frances Sykes (John), Kay Earp (Ron), Ricky Smith (Sherry). Grandchildren: Chris Sykes (Krystal), Kyle Sykes (Lori), Michael Sykes (Mollie), Will Earp (Karen), Sam Earp (Jennifer), Frankie Smith, Jessica Smith, Kyle Callam, great grandchildren, Halen Sykes (Lauren), Rhianna Sykes, Charlotte Sykes, Claire Sykes, Kenny Earp, Katie Earp, Hannah Earp, Josh Zeigler and lots of loving nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held Monday, April 15th at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Clayton with visitation from 10:00 to 11:00. Interment to follow at Maplewood Cemetery. While flowers are welcome, memorial contributions may also be made to the First Baptist Church Organ Fund, 411 N. Fayetteville St., Clayton, NC 27528.
- Leon Smith, Husband
- Jackie Smith, Daughter
- Frances Sykes, Daughter
- Kay Earp, Daughter
- Ricky Smith, Son
- John Sykes, Son-in-law
- Ron Earp, Son-in-law
- Sherry Smith, Daughter-in-law
- Russell Ellis, Brother
- Betty Hickman, Sister-in-law
- Mrs. Smith is also survived by her grandchildren, Chris Sykes (Krystal), Kyle Sykes (Lori), Michael Sykes (Mollie), Will Earp (Karen), Sam Earp (Jennifer), Frankie Smith, Jessica Smith, Kyle Callam, great grandchildren, Halen Sykes (Lauren), Rhianna Sykes, Charlotte Sykes, Claire Sykes, Kenny Earp, Katie Earp, Hannah Earp, Josh Zeigler and lots of loving nieces and nephews.
- Visitation Monday, April 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, April 15, 2019
- Committal Service Monday, April 15, 2019
Maxine Ellis Smith
April 14, 2019
I know this is a hard time for all of you. Not many of us have been fortunate enough to have a parent live for 98 years. And your mother was so fortunate to have such wonderful, caring children. I am so sorry for your loss and equally sorry that I am so far away in PA and cannot come and put my arms around you to express my sympathy in person.
April 13, 2019
Jackie, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Mother. Please know you are in my prayers and thoughts, may God comfort and give you strength during this very difficult time.
April 12, 2019
Sending sincerest loving condolences to Jackie and family....I met her Mom many years ago and enjoyed visiting with her. I know she will be dearly missed.