gladys ann (smitherman) butner

Gladys Ann Smitherman Butner passed away at Brookridge Baptist Retirement Community on Sunday, March 14, 2021, after an extended illness.

Ann was born in East Bend, NC to Hobert Ross and Eva Hutchens Smitherman on April 6, 1934. She and Everett Butner married on July 2, 1955, and were lovingly devoted to each other for over 65 years. They moved to Brookridge in 2017.

She was employed and retired from the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School system, where she worked first at the North Forsyth and later the Speas cafeterias.

Ann was a longtime member of Maple Springs United Methodist Church.

Ann was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was an excellent cook and seamstress. She was known for her chicken pies and her chocolate pies. She also loved flowers and had beautiful flower gardens as long as her health permitted. She won ribbons at the Forsyth County and Stokes County Fairs for her baskets, paintings, flowers, and plants.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Everette Butner; two sisters, Queen Smitherman Lawson, and Nancy Smitherman Miller; and three brothers, Donald Smitherman, John Smitherman, and Joe Smitherman.

Gladys is survived by two daughters, Emily Bundy (Peter) and Cindy Bell (Craig); granddaughter, Sara Smith (Bruce); step-great granddaughter, Lillian Smith; sister-in-law, Stacy Smitherman; and much-loved nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in the Gazebo at Forsyth Memorial Park. Mrs. Butner will lie in state from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Salem Funerals & Cremations, 2951 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials, if you wish, to either Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106, or to Brookridge Retirement Community, 1199 Hayes Forest Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Online condolences may be made through

The family is sincerely grateful to the wonderful, caring staff at Brookridge Retirement Community. They were so kind and good to Mama during her years there. The family is also grateful for the care and the services of Amedysis Hospice during the last several months. Both organizations provided excellent care and support for Mama.

Salem Funeral & Cremation Service

2951 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106
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Published by Winston-Salem Journal on Mar. 16, 2021.