Mr. Amos J. Smith, Sr., age 78 of Roanoke Rapids, NC, departed this life on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Halifax Regional Medical Center.
Amos, son of Samuel Amos Adrich Smith and Maria Lett Smith, was born November 28, 1933 in the Township of Schieffelin, Marshall Territory, Republic of Liberia, West Africa.
He attended the Government School of Schieffelin and the Lott Carey Mission School in Virginia, Liberia. He subsequently attended and graduated from the Laboratory High School at the University of Liberia. In 1957, he was fortunate to receive a government scholarship to travel abroad and study and traveled to the United States where he attended Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. After two years, he transferred to Chicago Technical College, Chicago, IL where he obtained degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering.
On September 12, 1959, he married his college sweetheart, the former Rosine Turner and they were blessed with sons: Amos Jenkins, Jr., Jonathan Bernard and Amos Samuel Adrich. They were married 52 years and made their home together in Liberia for about fifteen of those years.
Many fond memories will remain with his loving wife: Mrs. Rosine Turner Smith of the home; three devoted sons: Mr. Amos Jenkins Smith, Sr. of Lawrenceville, GA, Mr. Jonathan Bernard Smith, Sr. and wife, Diane of Weldon, NC and Mr. Amos Samuel Adrich Smith of Raleigh, NC; a nephew whom he raised from age six: Mr. Eric Teah Smith and his wife, Constance of Charlotte, NC; five loving grandchildren: Ms. Lisa L. Garner, Ms. Shauna Garner, Ms. Amelia Jannine Smith, Mr. Jonathan Bernard Smith, Jr. and Miss Sarai Elyse Abraham; five great-grandchildren; three devoted brothers: Mr. James Henry Smith, Mr. Edward Dossen Smith and Mr. George Roosevelt Smith, all of Monrovia, Liberia; a niece and nephew who lived with him for many years in Liberia: Ms. Oprah W. Smith and Mr. Lorenzo D. Smith; two sisters-in-law: Mrs. Katie M. Baker of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Mrs. Constance Kinebrew of Marlton, NJ; two brothers-in-law: Mr. George E. Turner of Richmond, VA and Mr. Lewis Turner of Camden, NJ; many loving cousins; a host of caring nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 12:00 Noon from the Memorial Chapel of Cofield Mortuary, Weldon, NC.
Interment will follow in the Crestview Memorial Cemetery, Roanoke Rapids, NC.
The Cofield Family and Staff extends their heartfelt sympathy and continued support to the Smith Family during and after this period of bereavement.