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Josie Smith

Sunday, August 3, 2003

BERNIE - Josie Marie Smith, 90, died Aug. 1, 2003, at the Beverly Healthcare Center in Bloomfield.

Born Sept. 17, 1912, in Bernie, daughter of the late Joseph Louray Grayum and Ethel Jennette Jordon Grayum, she had been an interior decorator and was a published poet. She was a pianist for her church since age 9 and was a member of the church missionary society.

On March 25, 1933, at Piggott, Ark., she married Charles Franklin Smith who preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 1988.

Survivors include: three sons, Gaylon Grayum Smith of Cape Girardeau, Charles E. Smith of Bernie and David Lee Smith of Belleville, Ill.; three daughters, Nancy Jane Dockins of O'Fallon, Shirley Ann Grimes of Humboldt, Tenn., and Kay Jenkins of Dexter; one sister, Norma McCoy of Dexter; and 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, William Grayum; and six sisters, Dora Latham, Forrest Whitehead, Thelma Wilcox and three in infancy.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie with the Rev Don Wells officiating.

Burial will follow in the Bernie Cemetery.