Lula ‘Blue’ Thompson Smith, 94, world traveler who visited all 50 states

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Lula 'Blue' Thompson Smith
Lula ‘Blue’ Thompson Smith

SOUTHPORT — Lula Thompson Smith, 94, affectionately known as “Blue” to her family and friends, went to be with her Lord on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Mrs. Smith was born Feb. 17, 1923, in Mt. Gilead, N.C., the daughter of the late Eugene and Mattie Smith. Blue was a very active woman in her lifetime and a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Norwood, N.C. She served her church as a Sunday School teacher from the time she was 16 years old.

She was a Girls Auxiliary leader and president of her Women’s Missionary Union. She had served as a Girl Scout leader when her girls were young. She raised two daughters. Later in life, she and her husband, Malon, traveled and visited every state, Canada, and Mexico, mostly in their motor home.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her loving husband, Malon R. Smith; and daughter, Judi Snelson.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughter, Nancy Tubbs, and her husband, Darwin, of Southport; three grandsons, Kent Snelson, and his wife, Regina, Nolan Smith, and his wife, Kim, and Randall Snelson, and his wife, Cathy; step-grandson, Blake Miller, and his wife, Brenda; step-granddaughter, Marcia Miller; four great-granddaughters, Madison Snelson Newsome, Ellen Snelson, Emily Snelson and Emma Snelson; sister, Annette Vanhoy, and her husband, Richard; brother Vernon Thompson; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Shoreline Baptist Church, 4198 Vanessa Drive, Southport, with the Rev. Neil Grimes officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences may be made at peacocknewnamwhite.com.