Robinson, Rev. Margaret Owens Smith

March 12, 2003

REV. MARGARET OWENS SMITHROBINSON or 2251 Hosier Road, Sufflok, VA., died March 8, 2003 in Boici Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Nansemond County and the daughter of Lenno Skeeter Owens and the late Joe Thomas Ownes. She was pre-deased by her husband, Ed Central Smith, who in 1964 became the first African-American uniformed police officer for the city of Suffolk. She later married Ernest Robinson who also preceded her in death. After marrying Mr. Robinson, she moved to Maryland where she lived for more than 25 years before returning to her home in Suffolk 5 1/2 years ago. She studied typing and keyboard. She retired as Office Manager for V & S Construction Company of Baltimore, MD. She had also been employed as a clerk for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, sales department of Grempler Real Estate in Maryland, Sales Associate at Belks Leggett of Suffolk, and as a nurse. She was a former member of East End Baptist Church, Suffolk, First Baptist Church of Elkridge, Maryland, and Friendship Baptist Church, Colorado Springs, CO. She was a long term member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Past Worthy Matron of the Calvary Chapter #32, 1975-76 and Grand Chaplain , 1991-92. She was also a member of Zerrubbable Court No. 1, Heroines of Jericho, Prince Hall Affiliation and Beausant Royal Court of Cyrene, No. 1 She is survived by a son Edward C. Smith and his wife, Valerie of Pasadena, MD; a daughter, Evelyn Smith Williams and her husband, Ted of Cary, NC; four sisters, Kathleen Simmons of Portsmouth, Lennora Skeeter of Suffolk, Marice Griffith and her husband, Clyde of Chesapeake and Gloria Perry of Suffolk; three brothers, Joe Henry Owens and Wesley Owens of Suffolk, and Earl Eley of Chesapeake; three grandchildren, Shannon Victoria Smith and Edward Jordan Smith of Pasadena, MD and Teodora Smith Williams of Cary, NC; a godson, Rodriquez L. Rodgers of Portsmouth; and nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Funeral Services will be held at noon Thursday, March 13, 2002 in Mt. Ararat United Church of Christ, conducted by Rev. H.H. Murrell. Interment will be in Carver Memorial Cemetery. A Wake Service will be held Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. in Crocker Funeral Home, Suffolk. The body will be placed in the church at 10:00 A.M. Thursday.

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