Drum Funeral Home-Hickory

940 29Th Avenue Ne, Hickory, NC


Toy Stafford Smith

March 12, 1925August 31, 2019

“Granny Smith”, 94, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Born on March 12, 1925, she grew up on the family farm on Teague Town Road in Alexander County. She graduated from Taylorsville High School where she was ranked the second highest scorer in women’s basketball in NC. She attended Smyrna Church and later became a charter member of Springs Road Baptist Church. Her numerous church activities introduced her to the world of Chrismons. Her love of this art led to the creation of many beautiful gifts for her church and her loving family. Toy was preceded in death by her husband, C. Ray Smith; parents, Perry and Lottie Fox Stafford; sisters, Blanche Stafford Stafford, Belle Stafford Teague and Sara Stafford Seitz; brothers, Glenn, Roy, Don and Lindsey Stafford. She is survived by her daughter, Joice Smyre (Thomas); son, Dan Smith (Kathy); grandson, Greg Smyre; great grandchildren, Greg Smyre II (Kerby), Madalyn Smyre, Miranda Smyre and their mother, Melissa Beaver; great-great grandson, Greg Smyre III; brothers, Mack Stafford (Gayle) and Wade Stafford (Edna) and number of nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in the Chapel of Drum Funeral Home in Hickory with Pastor Jeff Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory. The family will receive friends from 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to Springs Road Baptist Church, 3580 Springs Road NE, Hickory, NC 28601 or the Perry and Lottie Fox Stafford Endowment Fund, Lenoir Rhyne College, 625 7th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Condolences may be sent to the Smith family at www.drumfh-hickory.com. The Smith family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hickory.


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Beckie Perkins

September 7, 2019

So many wonderful memories of this great lady; but most of all, was her strong faith and love of family. Once when I went to her house, as a little girl, she had just pulled a batch of her homemade biscuits out of the oven and shared with me. I knew that I would learn that skill and made homemade biscuits for many years because of hers. That love she "baked" spilled into everyone she met. I am sorry to see her go yet glad because she is with Jesus and a whole line of family members met her at the shore. What a day that must have been!!

David Guest

September 4, 2019

Condolences to your family. I have fond memories of Toy Smith driving Dan and me to a practice, or game, or a movie. Later she would take me back home and say "see you in the funny papers." Very nice lady.