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Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home

109 Broad Street, Martinsville, VA

OBITUARY

Lucy Newman Smith

October 7, 1931August 27, 2019

Lucy Jane “Polly” Newman Smith, 87, of Martinsville passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. She was born in Martinsville October 7, 1931 to Eldon Lafayette Newman and Lucy Davis Newman.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter.

Polly is survived by her husband of 64 years, Dr. John Randolph Smith Sr.; children, John Randolph Smith, Jr. (Adele), Jane Smith Dodge (Kent), James Edward Smith (Martha) and Anne Ziegler Smith; 8 grandchildren, Stephen Dodge, Daniel Dodge, John “Jack” Smith, III (Jaclyn), Lewis Smith (Taylor), James Smith Jr., Mary Katherine Watkins (Ben), Peyton Smith (Marley), Ransome Smith.

Polly was raised in Martinsville and graduated from Martinsville High School and later received her B.S. Degree in public school music from Westhampton College. Polly later taught school in Martinsville, Richmond and Charlottesville, Va.

Early in life she was a member of First Baptist Church of Martinsville where she was very active in music, playing piano for Sunday School, church services and bible study with youth groups. She later joined Broad Street Christian Church where she was very active in the Christian Women’s fellowship and taught in the adult and children’s Sunday school classes. She also sang in the choir for many years and played the hand bells.

Polly served many years as a volunteer with the Martinsville Hospital Hospice and helped raise funds for Piedmont Arts and the Martinsville Library. She was a current sustaining member of the Charity League of Martinsville. She was a participant in “Women in Philanthropy.” She was a member of the Garden Study Club of Va. She loved playing Bridge and meeting the lovely delightful people she had come to know and love.

Polly was quoted as saying, “I thank God for placing John Ran and me in a lifetime of happy and loving marriage. He is always helping others as well as taking care of and loving me and our family.”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Polly Smith to Hope to Walk, Inc., 3635A South Main Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060 www.hopetowalk.org. or Fellowship Fund at Kings Grant, 350 Kings Grant Road, Martinsville, VA 24112.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at McKee-Stone Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2019 in the Victory Chapel at Kings Grant. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. that afternoon at Broad Street Christian Church with a reception to follow. Burial will be private.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 29, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, August 30, 2019

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Glenda Massey

August 30, 2019

Polly was a special person to me. She and I could go head to head with disagreements but then show up at lunch together with Tom and Nancie Carter. I enjoyed two trips with her to Montreat. She sang alto in Broad Street Choir. I sang Soprano with Nancie Carter. Great times. Great leaders.

Patsy Draper

August 29, 2019

I was sorry to learn of Polly’s passing. I enjoyed seeing you both in exercise class at King’s Grant. Polly was always very kind and gracious.

Sincerely,
Patsy Draper

McDonald Mary

August 29, 2019

Dear family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Tributes to a dear, sweet Southern lady, who raised wonderful children. May God's peace surround each of you.

Hugs and love,
McDonald family of Catawba

Robyn Robertson Bridges

August 28, 2019

Dr Smith and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Polly was an amazing and accomplished woman. She is at peace and will be watching over you. Cherish your wonderful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Eva Mitchell

August 28, 2019

John Ran and family, we are very sorry for your loss. Polly is in my memory as far back as I can remember. With love and prayers, Eva and Dan Mitchell

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY