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February 25, 2024

Toy Stafford Smith, “Granny Smith”

Toy Stafford Smith, “Granny Smith,” 94, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Born on March 12, 1925, she grew up on the family farm on Teague Town Road in Alexander County. She graduated from Taylorsville High School, where she was ranked the second highest scorer in women’s basketball in NC. She attended Smyrna Church and later became a charter member of Springs Road Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Joice Smyre, and son, Dan Smith.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in the Chapel of Drum Funeral Home, in Hickory, with Pastor Jeff Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory. The family will receive friends from 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to Springs Road Baptist Church, 3580 Springs Road NE, Hickory, NC 28601; or the Perry and Lottie Fox Stafford Endowment Fund, Lenoir Rhyne College, 625 7th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

Condolences may be sent to the Smith Family at

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