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Date published: 12/22/2012

Irma H. Smith

Irma Harris Smith, 82, of Martinsville died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at her residence.

She was born in Fredericksburg, on Nov. 25, 1930, to the late Charles F. Harris and Irene Williams Harris. She graduated from Virginia State University in Petersburg with a bachelor's degree in library science. Irma was retired after 37 years as a librarian with the Henry County public school system and worked in the Carver Elementary and Fieldale-Collinsville High School. She was a member of Grace United Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Lee Smith, and one sister, Irene H. Washington.

Surviving are one sister, Charlene H. Chambers of Salem; a special niece and caregiver, Michelle Ridgley of Charlotte, N.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Grace United Presbyterian Church of Martinsville, with the Rev. Jane Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Carver Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church. Irma will lie in state in the chapel of Collins Funeral Home of Bassett in cooperation with Community Funeral Service of Ridgeway, until she is taken to the church at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Memorials may be made to the Grace United Presbyterian Church, 218 W. Fayette St., Martinsville, VA 24112 or to the Library Science Department of Carver Elementary or Fieldale-Collinsville High School.

Online condolences may be made at communityfuner alservices.com.

Community Funeral Services of Ridgeway is in charge of the arrangements.