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Erma Jean Smith

Erma Jean Smith, age 81, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Washington County and a daughter of the late Sam and Rebecca Plaster Gearhart. Erma was owner of the former Goober’s Resturant and later was employed by Whites Supermarket. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband: Robert C. “Goober” Smith, and a sister: Barbara Sullins.

Erma leaves behind:
Sons: Lee Smith and his wife Wanda, of Erwin
Rick Smith of Erwin
Brother: Larry Gearhart and wife Nancy, Flag Pond
Great Grandchildren: Leslie Smith and wife Michelle
Derek Smith and girlfriend Tammy DeLoach
Several Nieces and Nephews

The life of Erma Jean Smith will be remembered and honored in a memorial service at 7:00 PM, Friday, July 19, 2013, in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Bernie Jones will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 6:00 PM until service time on Friday.
They family would like to offer a special note of appreciation to Center on Aging and Health for the care and assistance they provided to Erma.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Lupus Foundation of American, Inc., P. O. Box 418629, Boston, MA 02241-8629.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Erma Jean Smith, through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187