Margaret "Muriel" Huffstickler Smith, also known as "Mammy" , age 86 of Forest City died June 13, 2017 at her residence. Muriel was born May 30, 1931 in Spindale and was a daughter of the late Columbus Ivey "Major" Huffstickler and Lela Owens Huffstickler. She was a graduate of R.S. Central High School Class of 1950 and received the Stonecutter Scholarship to attend Mars Hill College where she graduated in 1954 as well as being a former Miss Spindale in the early 1950s. She was an educator for the Rutherford County Schools for over 27 years. Muriel also ran a concession stand for the Town of Forest City for many years. She enjoyed family, traveling, quilting, and camping. Muriel was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and wonderful Mammy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Smith, a brother, E. J. Huffstickler, and two sisters, Lavada Lovelace and Louise Lawson.
She is survived by her sons, Tim Smith and Jeff Smith both of Spindale, Ivey Smith of Rutherfordton, and daughter, Gena Smith Daves of Sunshine, a sister, Ellamae Huffstickler Lawson of Charlotte, sisters- in- law, Sandra Smith Bumgardner and husband Wayne of Rutherfordton, Coleen Smith of Spartanburg. There are four grandchildren, Kyle Daves, Kelsey Smith, Bryson Smith, Jacob Smith, great-granddaughter, Kaylee Jaynee Daves. There are also a number of nieces,nephews, great nieces and nephews, her care giver, Mirinda Jackson, as well as many "bonus" children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that she claimed as her own.
A graveside memorial service will be held at eleven o'clock Friday at Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Greg Huntley officiating. An informal visitation will be held from six until eight o'clock Thursday evening at The Padgett and King Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Rock Springs Baptist Church, 111 Polk County Line Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 or Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com
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Mark and Lynda Martin lit a candle on Jun 25 2017 10:10:40 PM
Timmy Smith, So so so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She and Gene lived next door of my grandmother Vernie Sue Brooks Waters. My grandmother babysit you as a baby. I've known you and your for many many years. What a beautiful person she was. Even after the babysitting of you Tim was over, your mother never failed to aee her. And you came many times as well. I remember the tough times after the trail bike accident that broke your jaw and the broken bones, your mother and father was right there. I don't live in Forest city anymore. But I will never forget your mother, dad and of course you Tim. Next time I'm passing though, I must stop and share many great stories and the times your parents helped my grandmother Vernie Brook on oak Street, Forest City, NC. Love you my friend, Mark Martin
Submitted by Mark Martin on Jun 25 2017 10:05:57 PM
Tim & family, we are so sorry for your loss. We have many great memories of days on the baseball field & football field.Lots of fun in the concession stand, too! She really was "mama" to all those kids. She will be missed. Prayers for all of you. ❤️
Submitted by TC & Paulette White on Jun 16 2017 09:06:19 PM
So many happy memories growing up included Muriel. Praying for peace and comfort for the families.
Submitted by Karin Heath Hodges on Jun 15 2017 12:12:58 PM
Prayers for Smith Family
Submitted by Greg Huntley on Jun 15 2017 11:05:18 AM
Ivey, Tim and families,
So very sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort.
Submitted by Steve & Teresa Culbertson on Jun 15 2017 11:02:29 AM
Gena , I'm sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Submitted by Teresa P. Hardy on Jun 15 2017 08:59:28 AM
Muriel was a very sweet & beautiful lady. She will be missed. My prayers are with you during this time.
Submitted by Sandra Huffstickler on Jun 15 2017 08:47:13 AM
Missing a beautiful Lady.
Submitted by Linda Gillikin on Jun 15 2017 08:42:04 AM
Muriel was such a sweetheart!! Prayers for all of you.
Submitted by Tracy Graybeal Self on Jun 15 2017 12:44:42 AM
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