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Vivian Holsonback Smith

July 1, 1928 ~ March 4, 2019 (age 90)


Vivian H. Smith, 90, passed peacefully from this life on Monday, March 4th at her home in Murrells Inlet, SC.

The daughter of the late Arthur Duane and Callie Fowler Holsonback, Vivian was born on July 1, 1928 in Gastonia, NC.  Vivian was married for 45 years to the late James “Smitty” Millard Smith, Sr. and was a long-time resident of Winnsboro, SC. 

Vivian attended Mt. Zion Institute and Winthrop College.  She worked for over 25 years as a clerk for the Selective Service Draft Board, and then later worked as a teacher’s aide, bookkeeper, and receptionist for Fairfield County Schools.

Vivian joined Stephen Greene Baptist Church as a child and loved her church dearly.  She held numerous positions including Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School director, WMU chairman, youth director, and also served on other various committees.

Vivian was a member of South Strand Senior Center Council on Aging, Stephen Greene Sunday School class, Women’s Missionary Circle, and the American Legion Auxiliary. 

In addition to her parents and her husband, Vivian was predeceased by her son James “Jim” Millard Smith, Jr., daughter Marsha Denise Smith, infant son Claude Arthur Smith, sister Mildred “Boots” Gibby, infant grandson Joshua Smith, and granddaughter Amanda W. Smith.  Vivian is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Diane and Mike Mincey of Murrells Inlet, SC, daughter-in-law Jackie Smith of Irmo, SC (late Jim Smith), and her grandchildren, Sabrina Parker (Jason) of Blythewood, SC, Melanie Ausherman (Derek) of Surfside Beach, SC, Brittany Mincey of Nashville, TN, Bryan Greer (Shantay) of York, SC, Chris Smith of Lexington, SC, and Lacy Smith of Irmo, SC.  Vivian is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Kendall Parker, Jacob Parker, Paige Parker, Payton Greer, Karson Greer, Sydney Ausherman, and Gavin Ausherman.  Vivian was lovingly referred to by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as “Nanny.”

The service to celebrate the life of Vivian Smith will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019, at 3:00pm at Stephen Greene Baptist Church in Winnsboro, SC with visitation in the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.    

The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Amedysis Hospice of Myrtle Beach and to family and friends for their loving care and support during the last several months.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Stephen Greene Baptist Church, 500 Seventh Street, Winnsboro, SC 29180. 

Pope Funeral Home is assisting the Smith family.   

Donations may be made to:

Stephen Greene Baptist Church
500 Seventh Street, Winnsboro SC 29180

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