hannah c (spencer) smitherman 

Mrs. Hannah C. Smitherman, relic of the late Jesse Smitherman, departed this life at her home in this place, surrounded by her children, on Saturday night last, June 15th 1889, at about 12 o'clock.

There are few people in Montgomery county who were not acquainted with Mrs. Smitherman., and all knew of her genial, amiable and kindly disposition.  In her death the Methodist E. Church here loses one of its strongest supports; for having the means her liberality made her indeed one of its pillars.  She loved her church and proved her devotion by always and readily opening her purse to its sacred demands.

The deceased was a native of Montgomery county and was born February 6th 1818, was married to Jesse Smitherman, a native of Randolph county, March 17th 1836.  She with her husband moved to Troy in 1856, and by her devotion to interests, they together were soon able to establish a comfortable home for themselves and lay up a snug competency for their children.

About thirty-seven years ago Mrs. Smitherman made a profession of religion and in 1872, became a member of the Methodist church of this town, since which time her pure, exemplary, christian life and her faithful performance of all her duties as wife, mother and neighbor, crowned her latter days with those beautiful saintly graces which are assurances to us that she died trusting in her Lord and Savior, and that her spirit is now happy forever amidst the Master's throne who have washed their robes in the precious blood of the Lamb.

After an impressive funeral sermon by Rev. Dr. J. Sandford, in the Methodist church, at 4 o'clock Sunday evening, in connection with the usual solemn service the remains were deposited by the side of her husbands in the church yard, there to await the coming of the great resurrection morn.  She leaves three children, Mr. S J. Smitherman, of this place; and Mrs. Lou E. Watkins and Mrs. Nannie J Capel, of Ramseur, Randolph county, and quite a number of gradn children, who should not mourn without the hope of a happy meeting beyond the river.