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Mrs. Earnestine F.W. Smith

September 22, 1925 – September 27, 2010

It is with great sadness that the family of Mrs. Earnestine F.W. Smith announces her passing on the morning of September 27, 2010 in Paynesville Liberia.

Earnestine Floretta Wilson Smith was born September 22, 1925 in Ferriday, Louisiana to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wilson. At the age of eleven Earnestine professed Christ and became actively involved in Ferriday’s First Baptist Church.

In 1943, she graduated from the eleventh grade as the class Valedictorian from Ferriday’s Sevier Rosenwald School. Later in 1943 Earnestine enrolled at Tennessee A& I (Tennessee State University). In 1959 Mrs. Smith obtained a teaching position at the College of West Africa. A year later she and Mr. Robert D. Carey initiated evening typing courses, leading to business electives at CWA which Mrs. Smith taught. In addition, she worked to initiate the school’s annual year book. At CWA Earnestine served as an instructor, the registrar and the principal. Throughout her tenure at CWA she was the choir director many, many times over the years.

Earnestine completed training for her B.S. from September 1969 through August 1970, at Tennessee State University. Her Master’s project was to establish the Junior College Program in Business, at the College of West Africa, which would be an Associate’s degree granting program business. In 1980 as President of the College of West Africa and the founder of the Junior College Program in Business, Mrs. Smith officiated as CWA conferred Associates degrees on its first Junior College Program in Business graduates. CWA’s Junior College Program in Business was fully accredited nationally and internationally.

Earnestine F.W. Smith was invested Dame Grand Commander of the Star of Africa, and admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption on July 22, 2009.

At the time of her demise, she was planning to take a vacation with her daughter. On the morning of September 27, 2010, five days following her eighty-fifth birthday Earnestine F. W. Smith departed this life.

She leaves to mourn; her daughter, Dr. Gwendolyn M. S. Rees; granddaughter, Diandrea Earnesta Rees, many other family members; her dear friends, Mrs. Ida Burphy Ajavon, Mrs. Cecelia Perkins-Cooper, The Honorable Henry Reed Cooper, Mrs. Mildred Dean, Ms. Deloris Frazier, Mr. Tamba Mayah, Mrs. Maigret Nimeny, Mrs. Thelma Pannell, Mrs. Teidi Stewart, Mrs. Carolyn Hicks Tah, Mrs. Ayo Wangara, and a host of other friends and associates.

Mrs. Earnestine F. W. Smith's funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 16th at 10:00a.m at the First United Methodist Church on Ashmun Street, Monrovia, Liberia. The burial will follow at Kaiser Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Brewerville. Wake keeping arrangements are being finalized.

Submitted by: Gwendolyn M. S. Rees, October 4, 2010

Posted by the Class of ’74 ( CWA )


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