Margaret Marie Smith Bland

November 2, 1937 - March 7, 2023

11/02/1937 - 03/07/2023

Past Services

Friday March 10, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Rich Square, North Carolina
116 Short Street
Rich Square, NC 27869
252-539-1001 | Directions
Funeral Service
Saturday March 11, 2023
2:00 pm
Roxobel-Kelford Cemetery in Roxobel, North Carolina
Cemetery Road
Roxobel, NC 27872

KELFORD, NC – Margaret Marie Smith Bland, age 85, of Church Street, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at her home with her son by her side.

Mrs. Bland was born on November 2, 1937 to Belau Smith and Lillian Early Smith in Bertie County, NC. Margaret has devoted her life to the two she loved the most, her husband and her son. She was always there to take care of them. She also was a caregiver for her mother for many years. Margaret made sure her family was well taken care of as long as her health permitted. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Harvey Bland, Jr., a sister, Louise Keel, and brothers, Ralph, and B. J.  Smith.

Margaret is survived by son, Wayne Bland of the home, and many friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 10, 2023, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Rich Square, NC.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 2:00 pm at the Roxobel-Kelford Cemetery, Roxobel, NC, with Pastor Doug Spivey officiating.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Bland family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Brenda St John
11 months ago

Wayne, I’m so sorry for your loss! Sending prayers for strength and healing for you. Your Mom is at peace now with her beloved husband James and together they will watch over you!

Sherwood Bland
11 months ago

One of the hardest things we have to go through is losing our Mom. Prayers for God’s peace. Strength & Comfort to you Wayne.

Joyce Lassiter
11 months ago

Wayne so sorry for your loss. Hugs and love sent your way.

Deborah Plumb
11 months ago

Wayne,I’m so sorry to hear about Aunt Margaret,she’s not in pain anymore,she’s got her wings now. She’s with Uncle James now. I will miss her and loved her. Deborah Bland Plumb