Angela Rena Bilbrey Smith, born March 27, 1970, passed away at home in Elgin, SC, on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, following an extended illness. She was 45 years old. Angie graduated from Richland Northeast High School, Class of 1988. She went on to work as a Data Specialist at the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles where she retired after 20 years. She was a member of North Trenholm Baptist Church, Columbia, SC.
Angie will be remembered as a sweet, kind, gentle spirit with a big heart. She had a mothering, nurturing nature most evident in her love and care for her husband and for her dogs. Family and friends say they have never heard her utter one ill word. Regardless of the health struggles Angie faced later in life, she remained positive. If you asked her how she was feeling, she would answer “just fine” and then genuinely want to know how you are doing. She had a servant’s heart, someone who put others before herself. She was compassionate and tenderhearted. Angie endured much but she did so gracefully. Angie had a quiet strength behind a beautiful smile and, at times, a twinkle in her eye. She loved to laugh. At work, Angie was known for her smile and her dependability. If something needed to be fixed, she was the person to call. Angie made lifelong friends in her work. She dearly loved her colleagues, her family, and her friends.
Angie is preceded in death by her mother Peggy Rabon Lee of Elgin, SC; her maternal grandparents Ben and Sara Rabon of Columbia, SC; her paternal grandparents Albert and Thelma Bilbrey of Jonesborough, TN; and her beloved dachshund Princess.
She is survived by her husband Kelvin Smith and their beloved dachshund Chrissy of Elgin, SC; her stepson Curtis Smith of Florence, SC; her father Darrell Bilbrey of Jonesborough, TN; her stepfather Billy Lee of Elgin; her uncle Mark Rabon of Beaufort, SC; her great aunt Grace Edmonds of Camden, SC; her aunts Sharon Good of Jonesborough and Deborah Sanford McGee and Karen Durham of Cleveland, TN; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, uncles, and friends.
Angie loved spending time with family and planned to surprise her father for a special Thanksgiving trip home. She kept in touch with loved ones with phone calls, text messages, and through Facebook. The day before she passed Angie posted: “Tomorrow is never promised, so today I want all my friends and family to know how thankful I am that all of you are in my life.”
A graveside service, officiated by Pastor David Reece, was held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at McCarty Cemetery in Jonesborough, TN, where she will be laid to rest alongside family.
A memorial service will be held at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden, SC, at a later date.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Johnson City, TN, is serving the Bilbrey-Smith family.