Ada Smith

Ada Lee Smith

Sunday, May 15th, 1932 - Thursday, December 17th, 2020
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Ada Lee Deaton Smith, age 88, of Kettle Island, Ky; went home to her Lord and Savior on December 17, 2020 at the Middlesboro ARH. She was born May 15, 1932 in Jenson, KY to the late John and Euphemia Cox Deaton.

Ada retired from the Pineville Community Hospital where she served as Hostess (Bouncer) then became the switchboard operator. Ada loved people, loved to joke and laugh and always had a smile and would help anyone in need. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved the Lord and was a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church. Ada was a resident of the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation for the past 5 years where she was President of the Resident Counsel. She loved to participate in the various activities and outings that were provided.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Eulean Johnson and one brother John Deaton Jr.

She is survived by the father of her children Cecil Smith; four sons, Gary (Lisa) Smith, Cecil (Sue) Smith Jr., Kelley Smith and John (Joann) Smith; two daughters, Donna (Sturgill) Phipps and Shelley (Barry) Teague; nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; one brother, David Deaton; sister-in-law Patsy Deaton. A host of nieces, nephews, neighbors and precious staff and friends at the nursing home.

A private celebration of life will be conducted on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at Brooks-Durham Funeral Home with Pastor Jeremy Sanders, Rev. Ronald Howard and Dr. Roger Howard presiding; music will be provided by Benny Howard and Joann Smith. Interment will be at Green Hills Memorial Gardens, Middlesboro, KY. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Travis Phipps, Chris Phipps, Jonathan Teague, Lincoln Smith, Tyler Smith and Jordan Smith; honorary pallbearers will be her precious roommate, Minnie Redmond who had become like a sister; and the staff of Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Due to Covid-19 all services will be held privately on Sunday December 20, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Mill Creek Baptist Church, 4776 Hwy 221 Stoney Fork, KY 40988 or to the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation, Activity department, 235 New Wilson Lane Middlesboro, KY 40965. The Brooks-Durham Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smith family and ask that you keep them in your prayers.
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    Green Hills Memorial Gardens
    middlesboro, KY


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Phyllis A. Hoskins

Posted at 09:13am
My Sincere Condolences to the
Smith Family.
Phyllis A. Hoskins


Posted at 05:41pm
To all the children of Ada, I did not know her but parents are known by their children. She must have been outstanding as all of her
children are out-going, friendly people with such admiration of all they know. What an outstanding family--some of my beloved people!!!!May the Good Lord surround and bless ya'll during this awful time!

Ollie Daugherty

Posted at 06:18am
So sorry to hear of her passing. She is kicking up gold dust now and praising Jesus for what he has done for her. I am sorry for the sorrow the ones left behind and pray you feel God's wonderful peace. I love you all.

Lester & Loretta Bingham

Posted at 10:07pm
So many memories of Ada.
We are co family of PCH. She was always so jolly. Sat with her many,many days as she worked the switchboard at PCH. We talked and laughed a lot.
Gods speed Ada as you have earned your Angel wings.
Her heart was as big as a mountain. She had so much compassion. Was always extra nice to visitors who came for information at the switchboard.
Soar with the Angels Sweet Ada.
She always attended our PCH reunions

Bridget Baker

Posted at 09:42pm
I will always remember the sweet smile, laughter, and joy that Ada shared with me as I visited with her as she resided in the nursing home. Her love for her family and friends and their love for her was so very evident. My heart is sorrowful knowing this earth has said goodbye to such a sweet soul, but I have no doubt that her earthly good night was just the beginning of her hallelujah eternity. I’m looking forward to seeing that smiling face again and again one day. God bless, keep, and comfort all of you, my dear friends. With love and prayers, Bridget Baker

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