Sister Gertrude Hazel Perkins-Smith was 79, and departed this life Monday October 5, 2020 in Dillon County. She was the mother of Roderick Smith, Elvin Smith, Shaun Ross and Robin Ross.
Memorial services are scheduled to be held at the Jackson & McGill Memorial Chapel Saturday October 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Psalm 23:1
Mother Gertrude Hazel Perkins Smith entered into eternal rest on Monday October 5, 2020. She was born on July 18, 1941 in Washington, DC. She was the daughter of Thomas Perkins and Pattie Finch Perkins.
She was a graduate of Eastern High School, Washington, DC. At an early age she was converted and attended Catholic School in Washington, DC. She worked at Washington Home Hospice. Retired from there after years of service.
Later in life Mother Gertrude returned to her roots to reside in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area, where she attended and was a member of Cherry Hill Baptist Church. She served as an employee and community volunteer at Conway Medical Center. After retiring she went back to something she loved, crafting, attending Flea Markets and yard sales. She was affectionately known as Gertie by many of the Diva.
She was wedded to the late Lloyd Hinton Smith and later of Anthony Ivory Ross. She is preceded in death by both husbands and her parents, also two children, Lloyd Hinton Smith and Tonya Renee Smith and a great grandchild Kali Raye Sorrell.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories three sons: Elvin Maurice Smith of Mullins, SC, Roderick (Connie) Smith of Rains, SC, Dr. Shaun Anthony Ross of Popular Bluff, Iowa, a daughter Robin Monique Ross of Cincinnati Ohio, a special grand daughter Bria Ross of Miami Florida. Eleven grandchildren, six great grand children, a special friend Lecount Fantray of Washington, DC. And a host of nieces and nephews.
The family of Sister Gertrude Hazel Perkins-Smith, in consideration of the current health crisis facing our world, nation, state and local community, has decided to hold a private 50 people or less, family only, funeral service for their loved one with private interment immediately following. While the Smith family would love to be surrounded by your presence, they acknowledge the health risks to family, church members, friends, and particularly to those who are most vulnerable to this disease, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. What the family needs most at this time are your prayers and understanding. Thank you for your concern and cooperation.
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