Graveside services for Mrs. Inez Holmes Smith, 104, 1420 Poplar Street Cayce, South Carolina. Will be held on Saturday December 11 2021 at 11:00 am at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery on 2058 Old Dunbar Road West Columbia, South Carolina. There will be e viewing on Friday from 1:00 to 7:00 pm at the Pearson's Funeral Home 4508 N. Main Street Columbia, South Carolina. Our beloved mother, Mrs. Inez Holmes Smith departed this earthly life on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at her home surrounded by family at the age of 104. She was the wife of the late Willie Smith. Born May 27, 1917, in Lexington County to the late Peter and Minnie Wilkerson Holmes and she was the youngest of nine children. She was educated in Lexington County public school system. She was a faithful and active member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church over sixty years until her health began to decline. She was an excellent employee of the Lexington County Public School System. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She established the first licensed African American Day Care Center of Lexington County, South Carolina. She was one of the oldest residents of Cayce, South Carolina and was recognized by local and National Media. Inez was a loving and compassionate person. She was always willing to help others. She enjoyed canning, especially fig preserves, watching game shows, listening to gospel music and a good sermon . She is survived by four daughters, Helen Aiken of Cayce, SC; Elnora Starkes Brooks (Frank), Marjorie Cokley both of Columbia, SC; and Margaret English of Gaston, SC; one son Jerome Haltiwanger (Patricia) of Lexington, SC; Ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
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