Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

September 2, 2013

Bessie Pauline Smith

PRINCETON — Bessie Pauline Smith, 78, of McNutt Avenue, Princeton, died peacefully Friday evening, August 30, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital following a long illness.

Born January 10, 1935 at Jumping Branch, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Ray Adkins and Rosa Belle Maddy Adkins Smith.

Mrs. Smith was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and a member of the Athens Baptist Church in Athens. While her health permitted, she enjoyed crocheting, working with her flowers and most of all, raising tomatoes in her yard.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Randolph Alexander Smith, a son Warren Dale Smith, her sister, Elizabeth Katherine Ward and a brother, Raymond R. Adkins Jr.

Survivors include her son and daughter in law, Ocal and Deborah Smith of Princeton; four grandchildren Ocal Ray Smith, Riner, VA, Jessica Renee Smith, Rocky Gap, VA, Warren Dale Smith II and wife Crystal, Princeton, WV, Misty Marie Hill and husband David, Fayetteville, WV; brother in law, Willis Smith of Ratcliff, KY; a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, September 3, 2013 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Ed Pettus officiating. Entombment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Mausoleum in Princeton.

Friends may visit with the family Tuesday morning from 10:00 AM until the service hour at the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared with the family via

Serving as pallbearers will be, Dale Smith, David Hill, Bo Barker, Rick Dobbins, Tony Walters and Gary Cunningham.

The Smith family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • JoAnn Dunn Harless JoAnn Dunn Harless

    JoAnn Dunn Harless, 51 of Rich Creek, VA passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at her home following an extended illness.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Reba Jennings Moye Blevins Reba Jennings Moye Blevins

    Reba Jennings Moye Blevins of Daniels, WV, died July 20, 2014.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • David Lee Schrom David Lee Schrom

    David Lee Schrom, 41, of Henderson, NV formerly of War passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 in Henderson.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • George Thomas Haynes George Thomas Haynes

    George Thomas Haynes 89 of Stewart St. Welch, WV passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Margaret “Jean” Baker Margaret “Jean” Baker

    Our most beautiful and beloved mother and grandmother woke up in the arms of Jesus, Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, healed and whole and reunited with her husband, James Edward Baker.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnny E. Welch

    Johnny E. Welch, 72, of Leesburg, Florida, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

    July 23, 2014

  • Giovanni "Johnny" Monarchi

    Giovanni "Johnny" Monarchi, 81 of Callaway, MD formerly of Ashland, WV passed away on July 17, 2014 in Callaway, MD

    July 23, 2014

  • Mary Jane Copolo  Hodges Mary Jane Copolo Hodges

    Mary Jane Copolo  Hodges, 84 of Orlando went Home to her Savior on July 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Archie Ward  “Rusty” Lester Archie Ward “Rusty” Lester

    Archie Ward “Rusty” Lester, age 79 of Tazewell, VA went to receive his reward and be with the Lord Monday, July 21, 2014. He was a patient at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harvey Lee Henley Harvey Lee Henley

    PRINCETON — Harvey Lee Henley, 68, of Princeton, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Local News