Dorothy Walker Smith



Dorothy W. Smith, age 86, died January 29, 2018. She was the wife of the late Dr. Marcus C. Smith, former Superintendent of the Salisbury City Schools.

Born December 31, 1931 in Albemarle, NC, Mrs. Smith was the daughter of the late Rev. James E. Walker and Margaret Aderholdt Walker.
Mrs. Smith was a graduate of Maiden (NC) High School and received an AB degree in Primary Education from Lenoir-Rhyne College. She taught in the Kannapolis City Schools, at Lower Creek and Valmead Schools in Caldwell County (NC), and at Overton Elementary School in Salisbury. She was a member of the North Carolina Education Association, the Classroom Teachers Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society for Teachers.
Actively involved at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury, Mrs. Smith served two terms on the Congregation Council, serving as Secretary for two years. She was a member of the Women of the ELCA, the Altar Guild, the Martin Luther Sunday School Class, and the Golden Opportunity Club. She was at various times a member of the Worship, Stewardship, and Witness Boards. She taught youth in Sunday Church School, Weekday Church School, and Vacation Church School. She also served as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol S. Beaver (Trip) of Salisbury and Melanie S. Sigmon (Kyle) of Claremont, NC; a son, Rev. Dr. Timothy M. Smith (Wendy) of Salisbury; a sister, Martha W. Erwin of Charleston, SC, and a brother, William D. Walker of Marion, TX. She is also survived by ten grandchildren: Sara Legler (Ben), Tom and Robert Beaver, Matthew (Keri), Isaac, and Ruth Smith (Tommy Ransdell), and Clark (Brittany), JoAnna, Mary Catherine Sigmon, and Emma S. Blossom (Nick). Mrs. Smith had 8 great-grandchildren and one on the way.
The burial of Mrs. Smith will be private. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury NC, on Friday, February 9, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Rhodes Woolly and Rev. Laura Henrik officiating. The family will receive friends in Peeler Hall at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 West Innes Street, Salisbury, NC 28144 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.