Ms. Lizzie M. Ware Smith, a resident of Queens, NY and former resident of Lanett, AL, died Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at North Shore University Hospital in North Hempstead Town, NY.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. (EST) at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Parking Lot, 1601 Magnolia Road, Lanett, AL, Rev. Dr. Lamar D. Johnson, Pastor/Officiant, Rev. Calvin Daniel, Eulogist.
Interment will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Lanett, AL. Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley directing.
Public Viewing is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Davis Memorial Mortuary Chapel.
Lizzie Mae Ware Smith was born on November 24, 1944 in West Point, Georgia to the parentage of Hall and Minnie Ola Nelson Ware. She went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at North Shore University Hospital in North Hempstead Town, New York.
At an early age, she joined Church of The Spirit in Lanett, Alabama where she carried out her faith in God. Once in Queens, New York she became a member of New Jerusalem Baptist Church. She brought knowledge and education to anyone who crossed her path. Lizzie was strong, feisty, and vain. She loved to dress and wanted to be hip even into her 70’s. She was stylish and a diva. Lizzie did not believe she was old; as she referred to some other mature adults as senior citizens—that didn’t include her. She had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed outdoors, traveling, shopping, and walking around the neighborhood. She enjoyed cooking, making sure her home was well kept, and spending time with her loved ones. She loved indulging in meals such as soul food, barbeque, and fish, due to it reminding her of home, and she always had a sweet tooth. She spoke to her granddaughter every day, sometimes more than once just to talk and see how she and her great-granddaughter were doing. She was a four-time cancer survivor. On loan from God, Lizzie was an angel we have been truly blessed to know.
Proverbs 18:22 – He who finds a wife findeth favor with God
Lizzie graduated from Rehobeth High School in Fairfax (now Valley), Alabama in 1962. She then relocated to New York City to start a career with Willie B. Construction. She worked there as a secretary from 1963 to 1968. Lizzie was joined in Holy Matrimony on December 19, 1969 to Oscar “Smitty” Smith, Jr. She then furthered her education at the Borough of Manhattan Community College where she received her degree in medical coding and billing. She started at an entry level position with New York City Health and Hospital Corporation and through hard work and determination, she advanced to Managing Supervisor at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York from 1968-2000, after which she retired. After retirement, she continued her education—taking various classes, including learning how to use the internet to shop, and occasionally using social media such as Facebook.
Lizzie was preceded in death by: her parents; nine siblings, Pearlena Carlisle, Neidar Ware, Mary Ware, Hattie Ruth Truitt, Bobby Ware, Eddie B. Ware, Eddie Lee Ware and Lee Ware; and stepson, Edwin Smith.
Genesis Chapter 1 – Be fruitful and multiply
A lifetime of memories left to: her beloved daughter, Michelle (D’Mario) Williams, Queens, NY; her son, Antonio (Tammie) Ware, LaGrange, GA; granddaughter, Eboni (Orlando) Duverglas, Queens, NY; four grandsons, Dominick Johnson, Queens, NY, Anton Ware, Jylan (Emma) Ware, and Miles Ware all of Valley, AL; three great-grandchildren who affectionately called her “GiGi”, Mariah Duverglas, New York, Jayden Kai Ware, and Emmett Levi Ware both of Valley, AL; her beloved sister, Jimme Ware Griggs, Lanett, AL; two brothers, Jim Ware, Brooklyn, NY and J. T. (Terri) Ware, Lanett, AL; stepdaughters, Denise Smith and Diane Smith; dear friends who she considered family, Inez Lewis and Fannie Jacobs both of Queens, NY; and, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley, AL is directing.