On Thursday Evening around 9:15, Bonnie Lila Nolan Smith, 93 years old, got her Wings. She was born on February 21st, 1926, in Cherokee County, and lived in various areas. Her life was filled with joy, even though some of her days were challenging. Hard work didn’t stop her. She began working at an early age and when she was 62 she retired from Shaw Industries. When she was 17, she found the love of her life, Juan (Joe) Smith. They were married in 1943 on July 24th. When Juan passed in 2003, they had been married 59 years. During which time they were sweethearts enjoying every minute they had. In 1959 they were blessed with a bundle of joy, Vickie Elaine Smith Wade. They were so thankful to have her because before Vickie arrived she had two miscarriages and a son, Charles, that only lived 10 days. In 1964 God blessed them with a son, Randy Wayne Smith. Their family was complete now, or that’s what they thought when in 1966 they received the news of another birth, a daughter, Elizabeth Darlene Smith Tanner. Her heart was fuller than she could ever imagine. She loved her children, husband, family and friends that helped her along the way. She was a great legacy, and she was loved by everyone. Even strangers felt welcomed by her sweet spirit. Her children grew up and married.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by husband of 59 years, Juan (Joe) Smith; an infant son, Charles Smith; parents, John and Arie Wilson Nolan; father and mother-in-law, Cuthbert and Lorena Smith; sister, Celia Hackett.
Survivors include her son, Randy Wayne smith; her daughter and son-in-law, Vickie Wade (Willis); daughter and son-in-law, Darlene Tanner (Greg); grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Brandan Mealer (Rion), Dalton and Trenton, Brandy Mooney (Lee), Jordan, Reagan, Jacob, Hunter, Emma, Justin Tanner (Janna), Olivia and Lila, Becky Skidmore (Justin), Tammy Mickle (Alan), Taylor (Devin), Josh, Chip Wade (Rebecca), Michael, Matthew, Melody, Corey (Karyn). Special nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at Pleasant Olive Baptist Church, with Reverend Adam Toole officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Olive Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29th, 2019, at Parnick Jennings Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers will be, Brandan Mealer, Danny Mealer, Lee Mooney, Michael Garland, Brandon Evans and Chip Wade.
Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Bonnie Lila Nolan Smith; please visit www.parnickjenningsfuneral.com to share memories or to leave a condolence message.