In Loving Memory

Shirley W. Smith, d. July 12, 2015



In Loving Memory

December 28, 1943 – July 12, 2015



Shirley Wolfe Smith, faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, entered into eternal life on July 12, 2015. Affectionately known as “Dah” by her children and grandchildren, she loved spending time with her family, digging in her garden, and studying Godʼs word. Her sweet spirit radiated love and generosity to all that knew her.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Edwin Watson Smith, her two daughters Laura Smith Gamard (Chris), Molly Smith Broders (Chris), and 4 grandchildren, Caroline Crouere Gamard, Laura Catherine Gamard, Hannah Louise Broders, and John Hampton Broders. She will be dearly missed by all of her friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at Fairhope United Methodist Church with visitation in the sanctuary at 2:00 pm on July 16, 2015 with service to follow at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to two organizations Shirley loved, Bible Study Fellowship International ( or Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section St., Fairhope, AL, 36526.  Expressions of condolence may be offered at  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL, 36526.


  1. Loyce A. St. Clair

    Please accept my deepest sorrow and love at this time. Shirley was an incredible woman, friend, encourager and loved the Lord with all her heart. She is already so missed. She made such a difference in my life and
    I cherish what she taught me about love. Many blessings on your entire family. My prayers will be with you as you go through the coming days, weeks, months and years. What a beautiful legacy she has left. She loved you all so very much. With love and gratitude for her friendship, Loyce

  2. Rena K. Oynes

    My deepest sympathy and love to the family at this time. Shirley and I became the closest of friends as BSF Children leaders. It is such an honor to have been a close friend of hers for this past year. We prayed together, shared what God was doing in our lives, and prayed for each other and others in our circle of influence, and encouraged each other in our life walks. What a wonderful role model she was to me. Her LOVE of the Lord Jesus and GRATITUDE for all that JESUS was continually doing in her life was always heard from her no matter what she was going through in life. She was very creative with the children we co-taught at BSF, never forgot a song or finger play, and tenderly and happily lead them into a walk with Jesus every week. What a beautiful Christian wife, mama, grandmother (Dah), teacher, and friend she was to us all. She will be so missed so much. I will continue to pray for you the family as you grieve. May the Lord Jesus bless each of you with your special memories and knowing she dances with Jesus now. Blessings always, Rena, a friend of Shirley.

  3. Margaret & Ray Beeman

    I have had the privilege of praying for Shirley when Watson’s sister Martha (my sister-in-law) let us know of her battle with cancer. Knowing Shirley is safely with her Lord Jesus and no longer suffering is a comfort. She fought the good fight, and finished the race, she kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7) Psalm 34:18 tells us “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.” and I trust God will hold Shirley’s family close to Him as they grieve this temporary separation. With deepest sympathy, Tom Rumora’s sister Margaret

  4. Toni Lawson Graves

    When we were in high school, Shirley was a cheerleader. On a Sunday morning after a basketball game the night before a Birmingham News photographer published a four picture- “pictorial” with an article on Shirley. It was the most dramatic article I remember about members of our class; and Banks High was full of high profile students. She was the quintessential All American girl, with that naturally curly hair. She had a combination of intelligence and beauty that is not altogether common. I am grateful for knowing Shirley in our high school years. Mr. Smith and girls, you are in my thoughts. I have no doubt you’ve lived a wonderful life with such a wife and mother. Toni Lawson Graves Banks High School class of ’61…Birmingham.

  5. Peggy Skelton Keller

    although it has been many years since I have seen Shirley, I remember her from our teenage years. I graduated with Shirley from Banks High School in Birmingham,Al in 1961. I am so sorry to hear about her passing. I wish I had known she lived so close(I live in Mobile).My thoughts will be with your family.

  6. Joellen (Joey) Harris

    Shirley and I were long time friends. We always laughed because we ended up having the same grandmother name. Not sure how we both became “Dah,” but we did! It is hard for me to believe she is no longer on this earth, but I am quite sure she is in a place that will radiate the love she so freely shared with us all.

    Watson and Girls, you have our deepest sympathies!

    Joellen and Russell


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