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Obituary for Joan Doyle Smith

DURHAM – Joan Smith, 82 passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the home of her daughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, G.W. Smith; her parents, Ramon and Ruby Peeler and granddaughter, Shannon Murphy, two brothers Blake Lowder and Ramon Peeler, Jr. She was a cafeteria worker at Durham Public Schools and church secretary at Smith Chapel Baptist Church where she was a charter member.

She is survived by her sons, George Smith, Johnny Smith and wife, Teresa, Michael Smith, Donnie Smith and wife, Putt; daughter, Bonnie Smith Price; two brothers, Roy Lowder, Bobby Lowder; sister, Gail Greer; eleven grandchildren, Lori, Courtney, Shawn, Brittney, Mikie, Bradley, Jennifer, Lexie, Lindsay, Allie, Becky; and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 2PM Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Smith Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry L. Hooper and Donnie Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 PM prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Smith Chapel Independent Baptist Church

2705 Mansfield Ave
Durham, NC 27703

Funeral Service




2:00 PM
Smith Chapel Independent Baptist Church

2705 Mansfield Ave
Durham, NC 27703

Cemetery Details


Oak Grove Memorial Gardens

3712 Cheek Road
Durham, North Carolina 27704


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