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Ina Doris Grantham Smith
Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home
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Ina Doris Grantham Smith, of Covington, died March 20, 2009, at Riverside Health Care, at the age of 86. She was born on October 22, 1922 to the late Emory B. and Bertha R. Skelton, and lived in Newton County the majority of her life where she grew up in poverty, surviving the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Times were hard and education, medical care, and a place to live and eat was a daily challenge for her and her family. She prayed that with God’s blessings, no one would ever have to suffer those times again. Mrs. Smith was of the Baptist faith, and her faith continued with the hope that her Holy Savior Jesus would bless her and forgive her sins. She was a loving and kind person, helping those whom she loved dearly and the less fortunate. She prayed that anyone she had offended in the past would forgive her and bids them peace, goodwill and God’s blessings. Mrs. Smith is preceded in death by her first husband, Melvin Jesse Grantham, second husband, Felton S. Smith and three brothers. Survivors include son, Melvin Ralph Grantham of Covington; grandchildren, Adam Ralph Grantham, Sr., Elizabeth Eve McDonel; great-grandchildren, Adam Ralph Grantham, Jr., Lewis Joseph Grantham, Margaret Elizabeth Grantham, Brooks McDonel, Grant McDonel, Hannah McDonel; sisters, Mary King of Covington, Linda Allen of Madison; step-daughters, Laura Smith Applewhite of Covington, Tina Roberts of Jacksonville, FL, Charlene Messer; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A graveside service for Mrs. Smith will be held Sunday, March 22, 4:00 PM at Lawnwood Memorial Park with Rev. W. A. Childers, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Rd., Sunday, March 22, from 2-3:30 PM.