Mildred Cecile Smith
March 10, 1922 – February 9, 2021
Mildred Cecile Smith, longtime resident of Marion St., died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 in Columbia, SC. She was born March 10, 1922 in Columbia, SC, to Rachel Abell Smith and John Kirkland Smith, Sr. She graduated from Columbia High School. In 1943, she received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree from the University of South Carolina, where she was a member of the Hypatian Literary Society. Moving to Ft. Worth, Texas, she earned the Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1949. In 1959, she received the Master of Arts degree from Appalachian State Teachers College in Boone, NC. She taught bible, business and secretarial sciences at high schools and colleges in Virginia and West Virginia, including Oak Hill Academy.
Miss Smith was proud to be a lifelong Baptist and was a member of Park Street Baptist Church in Columbia. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, John Kirkland Smith, Jr. Survivors include nieces, The Rev. Bonnie J. Smith of Goldsboro, NC and Cynthia K. Smith of Albany, NY; great-niece, Dr. Miriam Clarke of Greenville, NC; great-nephew, Andrew Kirkland Clarke of Goldsboro, NC and cousin, Tillman Abell of Cordova, SC.
The family wishes to thank White Oak Manor of Columbia for their excellent care in Miss Smith's final years and family friend, Ann Berry, for her unwavering support and friendship.
Miss Smith will be buried next to her parents in Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia, SC. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.