Patricia Nelson Smith, 67, of Vaughan, died on Aug. 1, 2021 at the Merit Hospital in Jackson.
Funeral services were held on Aug. 7, 2012 at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Vaughan with Rev. Robert Nelson II officiating. Burial followed at Nelson-Dortch Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Rolling Fork.
Mrs. Smith was a retired French/English teacher. She taught in Rolling Fork, Holmes County School District and Yazoo County School District.
Mrs. Smith was born on September 29, 1953 in Yazoo County, Vaughan, MS. She was the 8th child of 11 children of Percy and Gladys Nelson. She confessed a belief in Christ at an early age at Plainville A.M.E. Church in Vaughan, MS.
Her early education began at Linwood Elementary. Her schooling continued and she graduated from Benton High School in 1971. She furthered her studies by receiving a B.S. in English from Alcorn State University in 1975 and later received certification hours in French from Jackson State University and Delta State University.
In 1982 she began teaching at Rolling Fork High School where she taught both French and English until 1994. After moving from Rolling Fork, she taught in the Greenwood, Yazoo and Holmes County School Districts. She dedicated her life to education and retired after 20 plus years in 2004.
Patricia will forever be remembered by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; oldest sister, Mildred Allen; and brother, Otha “Pete” Nelson. Her memories will rest with her husband, Steven Smith of Rolling Fork, MS and daughter, Belinda Ann-Chelle Robinson of Greenwood, MS. She is survived by siblings: Otis (Laura) Nelson of Somerset, NJ; Rev. Robert (JoAnn) Nelson, II of Florissant, MO; Barbara Jean (Y.T.) Gray of Saginaw, MI; David (Elizabeth) Nelson of Saginaw, MI; Helen (John) Pepper of Jackson, MS; Jacqueline (Preston) Ratliff of Greenwood, MS; Percy (Tabatha) Nelson, III of Leland, MS; and Hubert (Patricia) Nelson of Yazoo City, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.