OBITUARY

Roberta C. Smith

December 24, 1928February 3, 2019
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Roberta C. Smith (Byrd), age 90 of Largo, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Roberta was born in Rockville, Virginia to George Leslie Childress and Geneva Childress. She spent most of her years in Newport News, Virginia. She was a devoted, loving mother to her two daughters and loved her grandchildren unconditionally. She came from a large family with 14 brothers and sisters whom she loved with all of her heart. She was a successful business owner and a great cook. She found so much joy in cooking for family gatherings.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Kerlin; and her four sisters and eight brothers. Roberta is survived by her daughter, Bonnie McGee (Steve); grandchildren, Michael Kerlin and Justin McGee (Candice); great-grandchildren, Casey Kerlin, Lauren Bimler (John), Baylen McGee and Evelyn McGee; great-great grandchild, Kameron Jackson and another on the way; two sisters, Jane Melton and Rose McLendon; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A visitation will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:00 am with the service at 10:30 am, at Serenity Funeral Home in Largo, Florida. A special thanks to Suncoast Hospice for their dedicated care to her and family. Memorial donations may be made in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org

We will always carry your memory in our hearts.

  • FAMILY

  • George Leslie Childress, Father
  • Geneva Childress, Mother
  • Sandra Kerlin, Daughter
  • Bonnie (Steve) McGee, Daughter
  • Jane Melton, Sister
  • Rose McLendon, Sister
  • Grandchildren: Michael Kerlin and Justin McGee (Candice)

    Great-grandchildren: Casey Kerlin, Lauren Bimler (John), Baylen McGee and Evelyn McGee

    Great-great grandchild: Kameron Jackson and another on the way

    Pre-deceased by: Four Sisters and Eight Brothers

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, February 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

Roberta C. Smith

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Colleen Cox

February 7, 2019

What a wonderful woman. She would always smile when I would tell of my adventures. I'll never forget that smile. Bonnie you've been through so much. My prayers are with you and your family. Love you all.

Patricia Pridgen

February 6, 2019

I will always remember what a great mother Roberta was and how much I enjoyed going to her home in Newport News when Bonnie and I were growing up with a sweet lady. Also Sandra and Bonnie were great daughters and they were all very close. My heart goes out to the whole family but especially to Bonnie. With love Tricia Pridgen

Caroline Sustare

February 6, 2019

To Bonnie and family,

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you for your loss. Although I did not know Roberta, the world needs more people like her. She lived a long life and shared her love throughout it. Her love will be with you always.

Nancy Jamerson

February 6, 2019

Byrd was a lovely lady who was always smiling and I know she will be missed by her family. She was always a friend to me and I appreciated her kindness. Such an attractive lady and it was my pleasure to have known her! My thoughts are with you Bonnie and all of Byrd’s family!

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Biography

Roberta C. Smith (Byrd), age 90 of Largo, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Roberta was born in Rockville, Virginia to George Leslie Childress and Geneva Childress. She spent most of her years in Newport News, Virginia. She was a devoted, loving mother to her two daughters and loved her grandchildren unconditionally. She came from a large family with 14 brothers and sisters whom she loved with all of her heart. She was a successful business owner and a great cook. She found so much joy in cooking for family gatherings.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Kerlin; and her four sisters and eight brothers. Roberta is survived by her daughter, Bonnie McGee (Steve); grandchildren, Michael Kerlin and Justin McGee (Candice); great-grandchildren, Casey Kerlin, Lauren Bimler (John), Baylen McGee and Evelyn McGee; great-great grandchild, Kameron Jackson and another on the way; two sisters, Jane Melton and Rose McLendon; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A visitation will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:00 am with the service at 10:30 am, at Serenity Funeral Home in Largo, Florida. A special thanks to Suncoast Hospice for their dedicated care to her and family. Memorial donations may be made in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org

We will always carry your memory in our hearts.