Thelma Modena Smotherman

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thelma Modena (Prewitt) Smotherman was born the daughter of Ivens Perry and Mary Modena (James) Prewitt on March 8, 1926 at Ravenden, Ark., and departed this life Nov. 9, 2012, at the home of her daughter in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the age of 86 years.

She was united in marriage Dec. 27, 1946, at Mammoth Spring, Ark. to Andrew Jack Bowers, who preceded her in death Oct. 24, 1964. To this union, one daughter, Sherry Lynne, was born. She was united in marriage June 6, 1969 at West Plains, Mo. to Max Smotherman, who preceded her in death Nov. 20, 1980.

She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Lynne Davis and husband, Curtis, of Corpus Christi, Texas; two grandchildren, Christa Cox of Cape Girardeau, Mo. and Justin Cox of Richmond, Va.; two sisters, Iva Chloe Porter of Mansfield, Mo. and Mary Lou Osterbuhr of Thayer, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Prewitt of Ellisville, Mo.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; three brothers, Perry, Elmer and Albert Prewitt and three sisters, Ethel Busch, Bertha Johnson, and Edith Brown.

During World War II, in order to support the troops and serve her country, Thelma moved to St. Louis to work at the Civil Defense Plant. After returning to Thayer, she began working as a seamstress for Puritan Fashions in Thayer. Later, she worked at the Dinner Bell Restaurant, where she enjoyed serving and visiting with her friends and neighbors, and worked downtown for several years at Forschler Department Store. During the 1970's, she and her husband, Max, owned and operated Able Tire Shop in Ava, Mo..

Mrs. Smotherman was a member of the Church of Christ at Mammoth Spring, Ark. She will be remembered as a dedicated homemaker, loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services for Mrs. Smotherman were Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer, Mo., with Erman Croney officiating, and burial in Thayer Cemetery.