Vara Flowers Smith

September 16, 1920February 19, 2012

Vara Flowers Smith of Garner went home to be with her Lord Sunday February 19, 2012. She was born a twin in Archers Lodge, NC on 9/16/1920 to the late Patience Sellars Flowers and Captian Adams Flowers. She graduated from VA Medical College with a nursing degree. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Wallace Smith. She was on employee of Rex Hospital for over 30 years. She was a valuable member of Pilot Baptist Church in Raleigh for 60 years.

Vara was a minister of encouragement through cards, letters, phone calls and visits. She was a prayer warrior, encourager, lover of life and everyone in it. She began every day devoted to her Savior in whom she had faith to forgive her sins, redeem her and raise her up with Him according to His Word. She actively participated in every aspect of her life until her final breath. Her strength, found only in God, continues to be an inspiration to all.

Vara freely showed love to everyone. She was Mother and Granny to many more than her immediate family. God daily used the love of her brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, and her neighbors to return that love to her and enrich her life. Her children are very thankful to them.

She was preceded in death by her twin Arah as well as 3 other sisters and 2 brothers. She is survived by 1 son George Smith and wife Cindy of Rocky Mount, 3 daughters Donna Johnson and husband Glenn, Becky Leonard and husband Rev. Karl of Knightdale, Vida Hall and husband Rick of Raleigh, 2 brothers Charles Flowers, Dan Flowers and wife Doris, 3 sisters Argie Johnson, Mary Douglas, Jean Duke and husband John, 9 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and many loved cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends.

A funeral service will be officiated by Rev. Karl Leonard at Pilot Baptist Church 1012 N Blount Street, Raleigh, Thursday February 23 at 1:00pm. Family will receive friends at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home 300 St. Mary’s Street, Raleigh, Wednesday February 22 from 6:00- 8:00pm and other times at 1109 Northview St, Vara’s home .

In honor of Vara’s memory flowers or donations to Pilot Baptist Church are being accepted to continue her card and Bible ministry.


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 23, 2012

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Jan Brown

March 23, 2012

Dear Donna and family, I remember so well your mother's hospitality and her amazing energy. You must miss her terribly. Sending you all my love.

Christa Wilkerson

March 14, 2012

I love you and miss you so much. Can hardly wait to see you one day. Hannah jo misses you too.
Love you "sweet"

Ann & Jimmy Coley

February 27, 2012

Dear George, Cindy and Smith Family,
I know loosing such a precious woman of faith will be extremely difficult to adjust to over these next months. Her obituary told a beautiful story of a Godly wife, mother, grandmother and friend who had to be a joy to be around. It also describes her as "the salt of the earth". I know many were blessed for knowing her and you all were doubly blessed to be able to call her your own. We are praying for you.
Much love, Jimmy and Ann Coley

David Miller

February 23, 2012

After retiring, I was happy to have been able to see Vara several times after so many years of not seeing her or cousin Wallace, as I had worked my whole career out west. I fondly remember them both from my youth in Charlottesville, VA, when they came to visit family there.

Debbie Rhodes

February 22, 2012

God raised a mighty woman who heard His call and shared His love with us all. How honored I am to have had her in my life. She was a delightful, friendly caring woman who never failed to take the chance to make someone feel special. Surely her crown is filled with the precious jewels of her goodness to us. Can't wait to see her again!

Wilson & Paula Leonard

February 22, 2012

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Lynne Newman

February 22, 2012

Aunt Vara, we will miss your smiling face. You fluttered like a spring butterfly on a zephyr wind, charming everyone wherever you lit. Bright, colorful, and full of energy. Our hearts joyfully burst with the knowledge that the next step of your journey is just beginning. Go with God, we will see you another time, in a better place. Love, Lynne, Bobby Jr., and families