OLIVIA BRADLEY SMITH
Olivia Bradley Smith, known affectionately to her friends as "Ollie", died August 5, 2023.
She was born in Hagarville, Arkansas to Sam and Ruby Bradley on May 23, 1925.
After graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1942 at Lamar High School, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee and later a Master of Arts degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.
While her last few years were spent at Woodland Heights Assisted Living in Little Rock, she lived most of her life in Camden, Arkansas. She moved to Camden to accept a job as Christian Education Director at the First United Methodist Church. Later she began teaching her beloved fourth graders in Camden Public Schools where she spent the bulk of her career. She remained, until her death, a faithful and devoted member of the Camden United Methodist Church.
While her career accomplishments were many and impressive, she told people that her proudest accomplishment was raising her three children, a task that she completed alone after the unexpected death of their father and her husband in 1967.
Olivia was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George C. Smith, her sister, Mary Nell Cunningham, her brother, John Bradley, and her son-in-law, Wayne Naihe.
Surviving her are her three children, Gina Naihe of Atlanta, Robert Smith and his wife Nancy, and Rosi Smith of Little Rock. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Rachel Smith of Artesia, New Mexico and Martin Smith and his wife Cori of Oklahoma City, and two great grandchildren, Audrey and Elliott Smith of Oklahoma City, along with many extended family members and friends.
A graveside burial will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, August 10, 2023 at Two Bayou Cemetery in Camden. A memorial service will take place at 1:30 p.m. that day at the First United Methodist Church followed by a reception in the church's Great Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Camden's Food Pantry or to a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank Britney Bailey as well as the Woodland Heights caregivers for their loving care.
Doris Laverne Barnes, 92, passed away on Friday, July 28th in Fredericksburg, Virginia after a long battle with multiple illnesses. Doris was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but moved to Camden, Arkansas as a baby. She graduated from Camden High School, and received a bachelor's degree in Business Education from Henderson State Teachers College.
Doris married George Franklin Barnes in April 1955. George was a pharmacist, and owner of The Camden Drug. Doris began working in the drugstore, keeping the books, and working behind the soda fountain. They later moved the store to a new location, and Doris opened a successful gift shop in the basement of the store. They had three children: Lisa, Russell, and Robin. Doris was very involved in Camden's community activities, including PTA, Girl Scouts, Junior Auxiliary, and swim team.
In 1970, George and Doris sold the drugstore and moved the family to Woodbridge, Virginia where George worked for Drug Fair (later Rite Aid). Doris worked at a variety of bookkeeping jobs, retiring as bookkeeper for La Bergerie Restaurant. In the 1990s, both George and Doris volunteered with Hospice of Northern Virginia. After George and Doris retired, they moved to Lake of the Woods, in Locust Grove, Virginia in 2001. Doris was an avid genealogist and helped found the Susannah Chandler Chapter of the DAR. George passed away in 2016.
Doris is survived by her children, Lisa Barnes Saunders (John), Robin Barnes Campbell (Cabin), and was preceded in death by her son Russell Barnes and his wife, Debi. She is survived by three grandchildren, Ellen Saunders Tham (Michael), Jane Saunders, and Sam Barnes (Elliott). She leaves behind many cherished friends in Arkansas, including Cornelia Lindsey, David Reynolds, Jean Beaver, Anne Bradley, and Pat Hildebrand and family.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Lake of the Woods Church, Locust Grove, Virginia at 11:00 a.m., on August 11th. Burial will follow at Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to LOWLINC, either by mail at: LOWLINC, P.O. Box 518, Locust Grove, VA 22508, or online at: https://lowlinc.clubexpress.com/.