Harriet Smith - 96
June 21, 2022
Harriet Smith of Anderson departed this life Tuesday, June 21, 2022, three days after her 96th birthday. Born June 18, 1926, she was the daughter of Bernice Wahouski (1906-1983) and Harry Mark George (1902-1972)The oldest child of three sisters, she was born in Spartanburg, SC and later moved as a child to Anderson with her family. Harriet was proud of her Wisconsin heritage. Her maternal grandparents were Polish Catholic who immigrated from Warsaw in the 1870s. As a child, Harriet and her sisters loved hearing stories by their mother of brutal Wisconsin winters riding in horse drawn snow sleighs and of their grandfathers strawberry farm. Harriet enjoyed the pleasures of small town life. Their family home was located on the edge of downtown Anderson and allowed the convenience of walking to all schools - elementary, junior and senior high. Harriet graduated from Anderson Girls High in 1945. She also walked to and attended her beloved church, First Baptist, where she faithfully attended throughout her life. She was baptized at First Baptist 1938 when she was 12 years old. Harriet and her sister, Marvella Koenig spent an adventurous year together following high school graduation living and working in Washington, DC for the FBI. They always looked back fondly on this chapter when they were in the employ of none other than J. Edgar Hoover. Their time in Washington during the closing days of World War II, found them there on V-J Day. They vividly remember sailors, soldiers, Marines and airmen kissing women at random on the streets of Washington, including the both of them. She graduated from then Anderson College in 1945 and maintained a lifelong affection for the college. Harriet Veronica George met the love of her life Fred C. Smith (1925-1977) at the Soda Shop then located on the ground floor of the Calhoun Hotel in downtown Anderson. They married in 1948. She supported him in running his business, Fred Smith's Auto Service for many years. She became a full time home maker and she and Fred raised their family of three children starting in 1950. After Fred's passing and raising her family, she began a new career with Anderson School District #5 where she was a teacher's aide for ten years at Nevitt Forest and Whitehall Elementary Schools. She is survived by her daughters Fredda S. Lee and Emily S. Dobson and son and caregiver Cliff Smith. Also survived by: grandchildren, Jennifer Dobson Campbell (Michael), Greg Dobson (Jennifer), great grandchildren, Grady Dobson and Abby Dobson, nephews, Wilbur Ashley, Jean-Pierre Koenig, Philippe Koenig (Amy) and niece, Veronique Lewis (Darril). In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sons-in law, LT James R. Dobson, USN (1949-1983) and Tony H. Lee (1949-2012). Also predeceased by her beloved sisters Marvella George Koenig and Peggy George Dolly both of whom she maintained a close and loyal sisterhood with throughout their lives; also three special nephews, Donnie Dolly, Mark Dolly and Bill Dolly; and a favorite aunt, Frances George Brady. Pallbearers include: Wilbur Ashley, Greg Dobson, Troy Meece all of Anderson; Philip Koenig, and John Pierre Koenig of Greensboro, NC and Brad McGill of Atlanta, GA. Honorary pallbearers are devoted neighbors Debbie Aiken and Margaret Meece and Dennis Whatley, MD and Jessie Wilson, MD. The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to Dennis Whatley, MD and Lashunda Smith-Aiken, RN; Kyle Nelson, MD and Adrianne Wilson, RN and Jessie Wilson, MD. The family also extends special appreciation to Harriet's many caregivers whose service allowed her to remain at home: Anna Parnell, April Gambriel, Sheri Parnell, Dena Parnell, Alesia Carey, Hanna Mustapha, Lee Harris, Ruth Pressley, Lynn Simmons and Brandy Noble. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p. m. Friday, June 24, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Dr. Josh Hunt. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2:30 p. m. until 3:45 p. m. Friday at the mortuary. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 307 South Manning Street, Anderson, SC 29624. Sullivan-King Mortuarywww. sullivanking. com To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Harriet George Smith, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.