Stevens & Grass Funeral Home

4203 Salines Dr, Malden, WV


Mary Bess Vinson Smith

October 12, 1915November 1, 2019

Mary Bess Vinson Smith, 104, of Charleston, passed away Friday, November 1, 2019, at Meadowbrook Acres Nursing Center, Charleston. Mary was born at Lenore, Mingo County, WV on October 12, 1915, to the late William and Elizabeth Dempsy Smith. She was the granddaughter of paternal grandparents, Elias Andrew and Sarah Blair Vinson and maternal grandparents, Alexander and Nancy McCoy Dempsey. She was a 1933 Graduate of Lenore High School and attended Marshall University, Huntington, San Jose Teachers College, San Jose, California and the Charleston School of Commerce. She was a retired Medical Secretary with the former Staats Hospital, Charleston, a secretary at Charleston General Hospital and a stenographer at Kanawha Valley Hospital. She was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church, Charleston, and had a great love for all animals. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death in 1966 by her husband, Robert J. Smith and she was the last surviving sibling of sixteen, plus one adopted nephew. Mary is survived by her daughter, Stephanie (Donald) Matheny of Elkview; son, Robert Charles “Chipper” (Rebecca) Smith of Charleston; two granddaughters, Karen Becket and Summer Stevens; five great- grandchildren, Meredith, Marsha and Brandon Meadows, Violet and Carter Stevens; seven great- great- grandchildren; special friend, Karen Messenger; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. The funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Pastor Rodney Smith officiating. The burial will follow the service at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. A visitation with family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. The family is appreciative to the staff of Meadowbrook Acres for the opportunities and care provided their Mother/Aunt over the past few years.


  • William S. Vinson, Father (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Vinson, Mother (deceased)
  • Elias Andrew Vinson, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Sarah Vinson, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Alexander Dempsey, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Nancy Dempsey, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Robert J. Smith, Husband (deceased)
  • Stephanie Sue (Donald) Matheny, Daughter
  • Robert Charles "Chipper" (Rebecca) Smith, Son
  • Karen Beckett, Granddaughter
  • Summer Stevens, Granddaughter
  • Meredith Meadows, Great Granddaughter
  • Marsha Meadows, Great Granddaughter
  • Brandon Meadows, Great Grandson
  • Violet Stevens, Great Granddaughter
  • Carter Stevens, Great Grandson
  • Mary is also survived by her seven great-great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Mary Bess Vinson Smith

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Elaine Dawson

November 6, 2019

I am a member of the Burke Community Church at Procious, WV. Our choir was at the Meadowbrook Nursing home to sing and share special times with the residents and were so happy to be there. Mary was loved and adored by each of us and it is with sadness for me to hear that she passed away. I send my sincere condolences and prayers to her family. Elaine Dawson Procious, WV.

Susan Kelly Hamrick

November 6, 2019

Stephanie and Chipper, I’m so sorry to learn of the loss of your Mom. I have so many cherished memories at the Smith Farm. Sitting on the porch talking with Mary, my first horseback ride on Penny, and of course fishing in the pond. You’re mother was an amazing woman and I feel blessed to have known her. My prayers are with your family through this sad time.