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Lettie Irene Smith (1928 – 2012)


NAME: Lettie Irene Smith
AGE: 84
BIRTH: March 2, 1928 (Valdosta, GA)
DEATH: March 23, 2012
CONNECTION TO JAMUL: Resident or former resident, wife of Claud Smith

April 8, 2012


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  1. Jeniece Baker Spangler
    March 28, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    Uncle Claude, Mike, Cindy and Pat,
    I was so sorry to hear that Aunt Irene had passed. I know daddy was waiting at the gates for her. She was his favorite sister, they shared many stories and memories of their youth with us.

    We always joke about the summer she came to visit and stayed for 6 months, it was the best of times for us. We actually got to know our Aunt Irene from California. I remember her standing on her head and doing yoga. I’ll never forget the time she made us fried banana sandwiches for supper and dad asked her where the rest of his food was… was priceless. She was so good with Jared (daddy’s first born grandson), he was only a few months old when she came and she loved him so.



  2. Patrick
    March 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Hi Jeniece (or should I say “Hey Cuz”),

    Thank you for that delightful yoga reminder, always had to be careful when opening a door. 😉 Momma will be missed in enumerable ways. Hopefully one day soon God’s Grace will see me through to be amidst the family, not seen but once since 1960. Mother had hoped to bring me home to the East Coast this coming summer; I don’t know who or where any one is anymore. 🙁

    Much Love,


  3. Jeniece Spangler
    March 29, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Dear Patrick,

    I was so glad to hear from you. You are more than welcome on the East Coast whenever you would like to come. We would have to do a tour of NC, SC, and GA. I don’t know if you were born when dad stayed with your mom and dad in Maryland, but he always loved your mama and would start a conversation with a ” Hey sis”.

    I know you will miss her as we miss daddy, but I do find a little comfort in knowing that they are “somewhere” together again if it is at all possible.

    I am on facebook if you would like to see pictures of my family.
    I am so mad at myself for not flying on over to CA when we were in Vegas. I told my husband I would love to see Aunt Irene but we just did not have enough time to do everything.

    Do you hear from Uncle C.L’s family at all? I keep in touch with the NC cousins (Uncle Freddie’s group) and I check on Anita (Uncle Lathan’s group) when I can. I saw Anita and Aunt Joe when we were in FL in September.

    I found some pictures of your mom I hope to copy then and send them to ya’ll when I get a chance. We actually received a card from her and Cindy for St.Patrick’s day, I hope she got my note back to her in time.

    Lots of Love to all,


  4. Cindy
    March 29, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Hey Jeniece,
    I am so glad to hear from you. Mom was wonderful at keeping us up to date about the extended family and what you were all up to. We are going to miss her so much. She truly loved all of her family and extended family and was so proud of everyone’s accomplishments. We always meant to come back together and visit as many as we could, just never made it. I still really can’t believe that she is gone, and will sit down to call her out of habit and realize I can’t anymore. There are so many things I would have said if I had known she was leaving us.

    I brought home the last card that you had sent her so that I could write to you, which I will still do. It came the day she passed away. I do keep in touch with Lemuel and Gayle mostly by email and now with Freddie and Joyce by phone and mail.

    I will keep in touch and send you my email address. (I am not very good at Facebook).
    Hope you and yours are all doing well.
    Love – Cindy

  5. Jeniece Spangler
    March 29, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Wow, it’s great to hear from you too, Cindy!!!! Your mama and my daddy would have absolutely loved this.

    I know after daddy died I must have called his cell phone at least 20 times. The poor man that got his number finally asked if I was trying to call my daddy and I cried and said yes sir….he said that’s okay honey call me as often as you like. I get alot of your dad’s calls, he must have been a well liked individual. He made me feel so much better. So I know how you feel about your mom.

    I will always remember Aunt Irene as full of life, fun, energetic, and a little mischevious. She could always get daddy’s goat and we loved it!!!

    I am truly sorry she is gone. I know it’s going to hurt for a long time, I still miss my daddy everyday. But be strong and carry on….it’s what they would have wanted.


    Your SC Cousin Jeniece