Roberta Geraldine Smith Crawford was born in Union County, South Carolina on August 2,1931, to Cortez and Ruby Hall Smith.
She was a graduate of Sims High School in Union, SC, and attended several institutions of higher learning, including: Iona College, New Rochelle, NY; Monroe Business Institute and Fashion Institute of Technology in Bronx, NY.
Early in life, she accepted Christ and joined Foster Chapel Baptist Church. After moving to New York City, Roberta joined Coop City Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Sherbon E. Williams. She was a faithful member of the church and Gospel Choir. Roberta loved to sing and was often called upon to lead songs and perform as a soloist for her choir.
She was a retired administrator with Continental Cans Corporation in New York. Roberta delighted in giving to others and supported several charities in New York.
She entered eternal rest on May 30, 2017 in Regeis Care Center in the Bronx, NY. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cortez Smith and Ruby Smith Flowers; step-father, Thomas C. Flowers, Sr.; a son, James E. Smith; grandmother, Rosa Jackson; grandson, Patrick Johnson; a sister, Ruth Hodge; two brothers, Tolden L. Smith and Thomas C. Flowers.
She leaves to cherish many loving memories: a daughter, Patricia Ann Johnson (Ben) of Roebuck, SC; grandson, Rodney Johnson of Pineville, NC; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services will be Sunday, June 4th, 2 p.m., in Foster Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. William E. Smith officiating.
The Gilmore Mortuary