Josephine Smith Brim passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, Noveber16, 2021 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Arkadelphia with her family by her side. She was born on March 24, 1938, in Paducah, Texas to James Garfield and Beatrice Cook Smith.
She attended Gurdon High School and moved to Dallas, Texas where she was a longtime resident. She was a member of Evangel Temple Church for over 40 years. She served as the 5th Sunday-Sunday school teacher and as a member of the choir. She was an active member of the Willing Workers Department and served wherever and whenever she was needed. She loved the youth of her church and once purchased choir robes for the entire youth department.
Josephine was a bible-scholar and spent her spare time studying and reading. She enjoyed shopping and frequent trips back home to visit family. She worked several years for Kay Bailey Hutchinson and her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James G. Smith and Beatrice Cook Smith, along with 17 other siblings.
She leaves to cherish her love and memory: two sisters, Martha Smith Dixon (Huie) of Arkadelphia, AR and Ruth Smith Hawthorne (David) of Arkadelphia, AR; one brother, Jacob Smith (Mattie) of Detroit, MI; sisters-in-law, Erma L. Alderson Smith of Arkadelphia, AR and Thelma Smith of Texarkana, AR; special friend and caretaker, Mary Williams of Dallas, TX; special friend and hairdresser, Derric Pegram of Dallas, TX; special friend and pastor, Ann Murray of Dallas, TX; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and the Evangel Temple Church family.
Submitted by the Smith Family
Services commemorating her life will be held at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church on Monday, November 22, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Johnny Harris, officiating. She will lie in state one hour before service time on Monday. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials made be made in memory of Josephine Smith Brim to The Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Make contributions payable to the Clark County Foundation, MLK Park Fund, PO Box 735, Arkadelphia, AR 71923.