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Originally published: 2013-02-20 13:10:57
Last modified: 2013-02-20 13:10:57

Mary Esther Smith

Mary Esther Smith, 72, of Banner Elk passed away on Feb.19, 2013, at Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Avery County, she was born Feb. 9, 1941, a daughter of the late Marion and Annie Mae Harmon Horney.
She was a member of Elk Valley Baptist Church where she sung in the choir. She also attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher.
Smith enjoyed reading, word puzzles, flower gardening and listening to Blue Grass Gospel music.
Along with her parents, Smith was preceded in death by her husbands, Earl Buchanan and Albert Smith; sister, Lucille Smith; brothers, John and Joe Horney.
Smith has left to cherish her memory her daughter, Deborah Lynn Christian of Banner Elk; sisters, Wilma Blankenship of Gastonia, Hazel Douthat and husband, David, of Greenville, Tenn., Gladys Farmer and husband, Allen, of Banner Elk; brothers, Dennis Horney and wife, Janice, Dallas Horney and wife, Kitty, Jimmy Horney and wife, Kathy, all of Banner Elk; grandchildren, Heather Nichole Christian and boyfriend, Joey Kidd, of Minneapolis; grandson, Michael Christian and girlfriend, Hannah Walters, of Minneapolis; special friend, Angie Miller; sister-in-law, Inez Horney of Banner Elk.
The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Elk Valley Baptist Church at PO Box 626 Banner Elk, NC 28604.
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Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Smith family.

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