The earthly life of Mrs. Emma Mae Smith Steen, age 90, came to a close at 5:35 a.m. on January 16, 2015, in the Brookview Healthcare Center.
Daughter of the late Foster and Mary Tiger Smith, she was born on June 6, 1924 in Spartanburg County.
She was the widow of Russell Steen and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Minister Mary Ann Steen Smith.
Emma was a member of Limestone Baptist Church where she served as a member of the Senior Choir. She was a retired employee of Limestone College.
She leaves to cherish loving memories: a daughter, Mrs. Fannie (Rev. Eugene) Sykes of Bayonne, NJ; four grandchildren, Ms. Lynn Sykes of Plainfield, NJ, Ms. Tonya Sykes of Charlotte, NC, Bishop Kirkland (Gloria) Smith of Gaffney, and John Christopher Sykes of Denpasar, Indonesia; 3 great-grandchildren, Kristin Smith of Columbia, SC, Brandi Douglass and Leann Smith, both of Gaffney; a brother, Robert (Lisa) Smith of Ahoskie, NC; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be Friday, January 23rd, 11:00 a.m., in Limestone Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Golden officiating and her grandson, Bishop Kirkland Smith delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Gaffney Memorial Park.
She may be viewed at The Gilmore Mortuary Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. She will be in state in the church Friday at 10:00 a.m.