Lena Ayers Smith

Lena Ayers Smith of Lexington, South Carolina, widow of Walter W. Smith, Sr. passed away peacefully on Friday, June 23, 2023. Born in Greenville, SC, she was a daughter of the late Carl C. and Bessie Green Ayers.

Lena was a graduate of Mauldin High School and Draughn’s Business College and a member of the National Beta Club.  She worked in quality control and accounting at Her Majesty in Mauldin, SC and retired from the Henkel Corporation in the accounting department.

Surviving are one daughter Millie (David) Headrick; two sons Walter (Karen) Smith, Jr. and Edwin (Renee) Smith; one son-in-law Bobby Parris; five grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Lena was predeceased by her daughter Virginia Fairburn Parris; granddaughter Margaret Lena Fairburn; two brothers, Fred Ayers and R.C. Ayers; two sisters, Ruby Gresham and Mildred Ayers; and one great granddaughter, Cheyenne Smith.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 15 Oregon St., Greenville, SC 29605 and to the American Diabetes Association.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 30, 2023 at 11:00 am in the Heritage Chapel at Cannon-Byrd Funeral Home – Simpsonville located at 313 N. Main Street, Simpsonville, SC. Burial will follow at Graceland East Memorial Park.

Condolences to the family of Lena Ayers Smith

  • Lisa Williams
    10 months ago

    So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful Lady. Ms. Lena was such a sweet and caring person with a smile and a kind word for everyone yet never wanting anyone to do for her. My heart goes out to her daughter Millie (and husband David) for taking such good care of Ms. Lena to be sure she had all the things she needed yet would never ask for.
    Ms. Lena, I love and will miss you tremendously. I am blessed to have known you and to have had many hours together in person and on the phone over the past 6 years since we met. Heaven has gained an Angel!
    Prayers for Millie and her family.
    Love, Lisa

  • Thera McElmurray
    10 months ago

    I thank God he gave me such a good neighbor when we first moved to Wellmore.
    Lena was always such a joy, always available to be a friend, and such a good listener to everyone.
    Lena was easy to love and I loved her very much.
    In loving memory,
    Thera McElmurry

  • I have known & loved Lena since she moved to WELLMORE as a friend & as a Stephen Minister caregiver, She is so very dear to me & u am so sure that she is now resting in the arms of Jesus! I am also thankful that she spent her last years under the care & love of Milie where she was so happy.
    Mary Creech

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