Shirley Jean Ward Bracy Smith

October 25, 1934 - December 26, 2020

10/25/1934 - 12/26/2020

Past Services

Wednesday January 06, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Chapel of Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Hwy 42 West
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Thursday January 07, 2021
Ahoskie Cemetery
First Street
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Thursday January 07, 2021
11:00 am
Creech Memorial Baptist Church
501 Lloyd Street South
Ahoskie, NC 27910

WINDSOR, NC – Shirley Jean Ward Bracy Smith, age 86, of the Askewville Township, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

A native of Bertie County, Shirley was born on October 25, 1934 to Rufus Ward and Pattie Dunning Ward in Lewiston, NC. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Shirley enjoyed reading and loved to cook for her family. Some of her grandchildren’s fondest memories are going over to her house and having sleepovers. She was one of the first members of Creech Memorial Baptist Church serving in many capacities over the years and loved her church dearly. Shirley was a bookkeeper by trade and was with Ahoskie Fertilizer in Ahoskie for 25 years and then at Early and Winborne in Harrellsville where she worked until a couple years ago. Shirley was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Eric “Buck” Bracy, her son, Luther Wayne Bracy, and siblings; Edith Tillery, Dot Willoughby, Nell Beard, Millard Ward, and Oliver Ward, and a special niece, Amanda Cleave.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Otis “Bud” Smith of the home, daughter, Deborah Bracy Darden and husband Willie of Murfreesboro; granddaughter, Nikki Darden Bennett of Roanoke Rapids; four grandsons; Timothy Eric Darden of Murfreesboro, Cody James Bracy and wife Kristen of Newport Richey, FL, Eric Bracy of Newport Richey, FL, and David Wayne Bracy and wife Shannon of Nags Head, NC; daughter-in-law, Dianne Bracy of Newport Richey, FL; three great-granddaughters, Haley Darden of Murfreesboro, Shylynn Bracy of Nags Head, and Evelyn Bracy of Newport Richey, FL; three great-grandsons, Brantley Wayne Bennett of Roanoke Rapids, David Wayne Bracy, Jr. of Nags Head, NC, and Dylan Bracy of Nags Head, NC; two step-sons, Neal Smith and wife Leisha, and Ricky Smith; step-grandchildren Brittany Smith, Chrystal Etheridge, Terri-Lynn and Nelson Smith; and step-great-grandchildren; Rylah, Aniyah, and Arabella Etheridge, and Bryson Rawls; four nephews, Bobby Beard and wife Debra of Ahoskie, and Jimmy Ward and wife Tricia of Chesapeake, VA, John Earl Conwell and wife Anna, and James Oliver Bryant and wife Leahand; and two nieces, Sandra Williams and husband Kent of Powellsville, and Pat Cooke of Ahoskie; along with many friends.

The family will receive friends  on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC.

Due to COVID pandemic circumstances, please wear face covings, practice social distancing, and please keep you face to face respects to the family to a couple of minutes to allow everyone to pay their respects safely.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:00 am at Creech Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. David Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in Ahoskie Cemetery.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the Creech Memorial Baptist Church, 501 Lloyd St, Ahoskie, NC 27910 or online by clicking here

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

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Thelbert Brown
3 years ago

Debbie I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. Your parents were always nice to me when I visited on the weekends. Please let me know if I can do anything.

Terry Apple
3 years ago

I am sorry to hear this. I have so many good memories of Shirley and Buck at Lake Gaston! Thinking of you Debbie.