Merle Smith “Chook” Lea, 90

HAMPSTEAD — Merle Smith “Chook” Lea 90, of Hampstead passed away Wednesday September 15, 2021. 

She was born February 2, 1931 to the late William Ramp Smith Sr. and Virginia Dare Davis Smith. 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Bert L. Lea Sr., her eleven brothers and sisters: W. R. Smith Jr., J. J. Smith Sr., Norma Reeves, Tommy Smith, Bobby Smith Sr., Marion Smith, Celia Medford, Henry Smith, Ronnie Smith, L D. Smith, Burns Smith, and son- in- law Ty Medlin.

She is survived by her 3 children Dorothy Lea Medlin, Bert Lea Jr. (Barbara) and Judy Lea Lane (Charlie).

Her grandchildren Cori Carmichael (Chris), Anthony Medlin (Barbara) Jennifer Craven (Shawn), Dan Lane, and Ben Lane (Elizabeth). Great grandchildren, Leighton Randall, Casey Medlin, Bert Rudolph, Ava Craven, Lilyanna Lane, Aubrey Lane ,Colt Lane and many nieces and nephews.

“Chook” was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend and a devoted Christian.  She dedicated all of her life to her family and church, Hampstead Baptist where she held numerous positions. She was well known and respected in the Hampstead community.  She spent a lot of her time helping anyone in need.  She was always visiting the sick and shut-ins and made sure they had everything they needed.

Due to Covid, the family will not have visitation. There will be a viewing at 1 p.m., with a funeral service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 19th at the Hampstead Baptist Church, 67 Factory Road and mask are requested.  The immediate family will have a private burial after the service.

The family would like to thank her care givers Teresa Chamblee, Arwin Simmons, and all of her doctors, especially her friend Dr. Michelle Jones.

In lieu of flowers the family asks you to make a donation to the charity of your choice or to Hampstead Baptist Church, 67 Factory Rd. Hampstead, N.C. 28443.

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