Malinda Howell Whitesides

9p1Malinda Howell Whitesides, 94, of Greensboro, N.C., formerly of Blacksburg, entered eternal rest on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Heartland Living Center, Greensboro.

Widow of Roscoe Whitesides, she was born in Waco, N.C., and was a daughter of the late Herbert and Gertrude Corry Howell Smith. She was a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Girl Scout leader.

On June 1, 1962, she graduated in the first nursing class from Granard High School of Practical Nursing and began a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Cherokee County Memorial Hospital. After retiring, she served as a Homemaker Health Aide under the auspices of Cherokee County Services to the Aging.

She was preceded in death by her “second father,” Amzi A Smith; brothers, Fleetwood Howell, Willard Howell, Alva Howell and Cooper Smith; and sisters, Cyphese H. Sims, Rosalyn H. Miller and Chineta S. Gamble.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Clarissa W. Epps of Gastonia; granddaughter, Alexis Harris of Gastonia; a brother, Gilbert (Rose) Howell of Greensboro; sisters, Valentine (Harold) Allen of Greensboro, Evangeline Goodwin of Westbury, N.Y., Gretna Ashe of Baltimore, Md., Doris (Irvin) Holt of Salisbury, N.C., and Ruby (Charles) Hargrove of Deland, Fla.; sister-in-law, Doris Smith of Gaffney; a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 7, at 11 a.m. at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Blacksburg with the pastor, Rev. Anitonette Gardner, officiating and Rev. Chineta Smith Goodjoin delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.