Sarah Smith Spence

Sarah Smith Spence, formerly of Union, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

One of seven children born to William Andrew and Sarah Ella Smith in Union, she had four older brothers Ross, Dee, Jim and Drew, two younger sisters Marlene and Janiece.

They were a farmer's family who lived in the County Line community where its residents loved their families, neighbors, school, churches and an undying allegiance to God and country. So stands these same beliefs today!

She was a graduate of County Line High School, Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi State University in Starkville and earned her post graduate certification at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.

She was a teacher of home Economics and Science for 35 years beginning in the McCool and Raliegh High Schools in Mississippi and retiring from the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools in Baton Rouge, La.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clarksdale and a former member of Brownsfield and Zoar Baptist Churches in Baton Rouge, La.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and her husband, George W. Spence. 

Surviving members of her immediate family are her only daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Michael Morris, Clarksdale; one grandson, Todd Morris and his wife, Robin, Jackson; one granddaughter, Natalie Rula and her husband, David, of Birmingham, Ala.; three great-granddaughters, Mary Grace, Addison and Sarah Morris, Jackson; two great-grandsons, Holland and Larson Rula, of Birmingham, Ala.; a sister, Marlene Lee, Walker, La.; a sister and her husband, Janiece and Lavern Cox, Baton Rouge, La.; a sister-in-law Mavis Smith, of Rogers, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at Baker Funeral Home Chapel in Baker, La., Monday, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Kipp Smith, of Poplarville, with Terry Bowman, Baton Rouge, La., in song. Interment in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Clarksdale, St. Jude, or the Cancer Foundation.

Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale, is handling the arrangements.