Clara D. Smith

Published 10:49 am Tuesday, August 23, 2016

COLERAIN, NC – Clara Dilday Ward Smith, age 86, passed away on August 21, 2016 at the Brian Health and Rehabilitation Center of Windsor, NC.

Clara was born on January 15, 1930 to Romie and Maude Walker Dilday in Chicago, IL. She was a faithful member of Colerain Baptist Church. Clara worked at Copeland Drug Store for many years, serving in many capacities. She was a hard worker that always enjoyed working in the dirt, from gardening to yard work.

Clara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt, that will be greatly missed by all those that knew her, especially her grandchildren that called her Mom Mom.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved first husband of fifty-eight years, James Miley Ward; her son, Johnnie Ward; her sister, Alice Casper; and her brother, Clarence Dilday.

Clara is survived by her spouse Burchell Smith; her son, James Lemuel Ward and his wife Judy of Ahoskie; two granddaughters, Amanda Little and her husband Josh of Ahoskie, and Christi Wester and her husband Brandon of Mississippi; a grandson, James “JW” Willard Ward and his wife Belinda of Greenville, NC; four great-grandchildren; RJ Little, Nick and Anna Wester, and Brandon Ward; along with several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 11:00 am at the Colerain Baptist Church, Colerain, NC, with the Rev. Gary Saffell officiating. Burial will follow at Hill Crest Cemetery, Colerain, NC.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made directly to Hertford-Gates Relay for Life or you may donate online to Hertford-Gates Relay for Life by visiting then type Clara Smith.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Smith family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting