Hassie Smith of Isom, Ky. Passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2001 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional
Health Care Center. She was born on June 1, 1927, being 73 years, 10 months and 13 days of age at the time
of her passing. Hassie was the daughter of the late Nelson and Juda Ison Caudill.
Hassie was married to the late James Richmond Smith. She is survived b two sons; Colman Lane Smith and
his wife, Brenda of Isom and Ernest Wayne Smith and his wife, Joann, of Isom. Also surviving are four
grandchildren, Melissa, Tena, Andrea and James and three great grandchildren, Josh, Sarah and Garrett. A
brother, Blain Caudill, along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends also mourn her passing. She was
preceded in death by her husband, James Richmond, and by one sister, Essie Adams, and one brother, Jonah
Hassie was blind for many years but handled her handicap well. Even though she was blind at an early age,
she was an excellent housekeeper, wife and mother. She made sure that there were clean clothes, food to eat
and a whole lot of love for everyone. One of her great joys in live was her grandchildren and great grandchildren
and being able to do things for them.
During her sickness when she was confined to her home, she found great joy and happiness from visits with
family and friends. She loved beautiful singing, especially when her good friend, Gillis Reedy, came to sing for
her. She loved the Blair Branch Regular Baptist Church and professed a hope in Christ for years. Her mother,
Juda, was a member of the Blair Branch Church for many years. We feel that our loss is heaven’s gain.
Written with love by her daughter-in-law, Joann Smith.
Why do we mourn departing friends?
Or shake at death’s alarm!
Tis but the voice that Jesus sends,
To call us to his arms.