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Viola Dyer Smith, 85, of Grayson, formerly of Franklin Furnace and Ironton, Ohio, went to be with the Lord Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Viola was born Feb. 24, 1933, in Salt Lick, the daughter of Arnold Dyer and Ina McClain Dyer of Grayson.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, Jack W. Henderson; husband, Berry Smith Jr.; a daughter, Jill Henderson Duvall; and a grandson, Daniel Henderson.
Besides being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was known as "the shoebox lady" volunteering with Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child for over twenty years. Viola was also an active member of First Baptist Church of Grayson.
She is survived by three sons, Donald (Kelly) Cooke of Grayson, Zachary (Vicki) Henderson of Wheelersburg, Ohio and Jack (Pam) Henderson of Corpus Christi, Texas; three daughters, Debbie (Jim) Everman of Grayson, Donna (Tim) Chamberlin of Wheelersburg, Ohio and Rachael (Paul) Whitmarsh of North Yarmouth, Maine; her grandchildren, Blake Cooke of Olive Hill, Sarah Everman of Nashville, Tenn., Keelie (Scott) Chatfield of Richmond, Breanna (Ty) McDavid of Grayson, Leska Whitmarsh of North Yarmouth, Maine, Delaney Whitmarsh of North Yarmouth, Maine, Logan Whitmarsh of North Yarmouth, Maine, Damon Henderson of Wilmington, N.C., Eric Henderson of Bogota, Colombia, Derrick (Stephanie) Henderson of Pointblank, Texas, Krista (Ricky) Stephens of Olive Hill and Aaron Duvall of Olive Hill; eight great-grandchildren; four brothers, John (Sue) Dyer of Grayson, Harold (Cita) Dyer of Grayson, Stanley (Carolyn) Dyer of Georgetown and Tony Dyer of Grayson; five sisters, Loretta Walker of Beaver Creek, Obio, Garnetta (Ron) Walters of Grayson, Jennifer (Roscoe) Rogers of Olive Hill, Crystal Young of Florida and Robin Whaley of South Point, Ohio; and a multitude of wonderful nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Grayson with Josh Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in East Carter County Memory Gardens.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Malone Funeral Home and after 9 a.m. Monday at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to Operation Christmas Child, Gideon, or Community Hospice Care Center.
Condolences may be sent to malonefuneralhome.com.
Published on March 8, 2018
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