Edgarita Smith Ensley, 75, of Cherokee, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at her residence after a brief illness. A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of the late Edgar Allen and Geneva Johnson Smith. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Ensley and brother, Ray Smith.
She was a former business owner and operator for many years. She enjoyed reading, feeding the birds and squirrels, and watching her grandchildren play basketball.
She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Lambert (Buddy), Pamela Straughan (Tommy) both of Cherokee; sons, Denny Ensley (Marsha), Edgar H. Ensley, B. Ensley (Libby) all of Cherokee; ; grandchildren, Melanie and Michael Lambert, Steven and Holden Straughan, Brittany and Brooke Ensley, Brad, Alisha, and Charlie Ensley, Tina, Selena, and Billy Williams, Noon, Cody and Kirstie Ensley; Timiyah and Kellen Ensley; and 16 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Sheridan “Sonny” Smith (Janice); sister, Mary Ensley (Paul); two special nieces, Lynne Harlan and Victoria Harlan of Cherokee and special friend, Randy Thomas (R.T.) of Hattiesburg, Miss.
Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Thursday, May 7 at Wrights Creek Baptist Church of which she was a member. Pastors Dan Lambert and James (Bo) Parris will officiate with burial in the church cemetery.
The body will be placed in the church at 6pm Wednesday by Crisp Funeral Home to await the hour of service.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Michael Lambert, Charlie Ensley, Steven and Holden Straughan, Kennan Panther and Cody Ensley assisted by Eugene Harlan, Troy Crowe, Brian Ensley, Paul Wojtkowski, Noland Crowe and Noon Ensley.