Lula Back Smith, widow of Jerry Smith, passed from this life on Monday, April 14, 2003 at her home at
Letcher. The only child of the late Marion and Ida Caudill Back, Lula was born January 31, 1911, being 92
years, 2 months and 14 days of age at the time of her passing.
Jerry and Lula were once regular attendees at local churches. However, injuries suffered in a November,
1990, automobile accident had greatly restricted Lula’s ability to attend various community functions, including
church services. She had made a confession of faith and had recently often expressed a desire to go to be
On June 30, 1927, Lula entered into Holy Matrimony with Jerry Smith of Blackey. They rode home from
their wedding in the only car in the Carbon Glow coal camps. The disastrous 1927 flood had delayed their
planned wedding date one month. Jerry preceded Lula in death on January 5, 1974. To the union of Lula and
Jerry was born one daughter, Stella Mae Smith Elam, who survives. A grandson, Richard Marion and his wife,
Tina E. Day Smith and a granddaughter, Nancy Joyce and her husband, Sammy Walls, also survive Lula, as do
great grandchildren, Samantha Joyce Walls and Richard Benjamin Walls.
Lula was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother at various stages of her
life. She enjoyed reading the Bible, walking, quilting, traveling, cooking, gardening, visiting with family and
friends, and was always kind to animals. A good neighbor and friend to all, she will be sorely missed.