Doris Davis Smith

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Mrs. Doris Davis Smith, 95, of 1911 W. Buford Street, Gaffney, SC, passed away September 1, 2022, in Spartanburg Medical Center, Spartanburg, SC.

Widow of Dr. Cooper Smith, she was born in Asheville, NC on June 13, 1927.and was a daughter of the late Watsie and Ruth Finley Davis.

Doris began her teaching career in the Cherokee County School District in 1952 and spent most of that time at Granard High School, the segregated school for Blacks during that time. She taught reading and directed many school plays and musicals. After integration, the school was re-named West Junior High. After retiring from the school system in 1985, she continued to work as a substitute teacher until around 2004. Principals lauded her ability as a substitute teacher to maintain order and discipline in the classroom. It was said that she was a substitute for the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren whose parents she first taught when she arrived in Cherokee County in 1952. 

Doris Smith was a faithful member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Over the years, she served as a Deaconess, Children’s Bible Study Leader, and Hospitality Support.  She gave her time to various mission programs including food distribution, vacation bible school, and Mother’s Time Out.

She took great pride and joy in gardening and sharing her crops with neighbors, friends and anyone in need. She was a dedicated wife, mother and teacher who always sought to encourage and inspire.  

Doris was predeceased by her husband, parents, and four siblings, Sadie Cunningham, Watsie Davis, Jr., John Davis, and Furman Davis.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: a son, Dr. Kim Smith, of the home; a daughter,
The Reverend Chineta Goodjoin (Reggie); a granddaughter, Nyla Goodjoin, all of Orange, CA; other relatives; her church family; a multitude of grateful, former students; and many friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 26, 2022, 2:00 p.m., in Limestone Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Rafus Camp officiating and The Rev. Chineta Goodjoin, eulogist.