Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

1701 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC


Ernestine Wood Smith

December 31, 1933August 6, 2020

Ernestine Wood Smith, 86, of Raleigh, NC passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Ernestine was born in Louisburg, NC on December 31, 1933 to the late Ernest Sherwood Wood and Mattie Wood.

She graduated from Edward Best High School in Louisburg, NC in 1953. Ernestine retired after a career with the Division of Motor Vehicles with the NC Department of Transportation in Raleigh, NC.

Ernestine gave her life to Jesus Christ and served the Lord faithfully. She was a faithful and active member of New Hope Baptist Church for more than 50 years. She was a cherished mother, sister, aunt, and friend.

Ernestine is survived by her daughter, Martha Jane Slate and husband Frank Slate, Jr. of Wake Forest; sisters Josephine Wood Harper of Raleigh, Alice Wood Dew of Raleigh and Mildred Wood Williams of Raleigh; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ernestine was preceded in death by her daughter Martha Susan Smith, her brother James Malcolm Wood and sister Geraldine Wood.

Visitation will be held 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 10, 2020 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC. A private Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Raleigh Memorial Park. Dr. Bill Slater, Senior Pastor of Wake Forest Baptist Church, will officiate the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Wake Forest Baptist Church (107 South Avenue, Wake Forest, NC 27587) or New Hope Baptist Church (4301 Louisburg Road, Raleigh, NC 27604).

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


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Esteen Griffin

August 9, 2020

Ernestine was a fine lady, a very special good friend, and a lovely neighbor.

Esteen Griffin


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