Moorman Ola Ferguson Smith, 99, of Grand Junction, Tenn., died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, just short of her 100th birthday celebration, which was being planned. A funeral service was held Saturday, June 9 at Grand Junction United Methodist Church, where she was a faithful member. Mrs. Smith was born of Hardeman County, TN, pioneer lineage on July 11, 1912, in Hickory Valley, TN. She was the fourth of six children born to Robert Moorman and Carrie Iola Hunt Ferguson. She married James Jenkins Smith and the couple established their home at Oak Ridge Farm, located five miles east of Grand Junction on Smith Road. James and Moorman Ola Smith were the parents of five daughters, three of whom were born on September 1.
Mrs. Smith was talented in the arts. She painted designs on raincoats in a style popular in the 1920s for members of the community. Later, she designed and made quail feather hat bands for persons associated with the National Field Trails held in Grand Junction, designed and made hooked rugs, and completed a number of oil paintings. Mrs. Smith made all of her daughters’ costumes for programs and their clothing, including designing the evening gown for a daughter to wear in the Miss Memphis contest. In music, she played the piano and served faithfully for over thirty years as the pianist/organist for her church.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband; two daughters, Bettie Jean Smith Daniel of Saulsbury and Sarah Ann Smith of Purdue University and Grand Junction; and two grandchildren. She is survived by three daughters, Rev. Dr. Carol S. Goddard (William) of North Little Rock, Dr. Gail Elizabeth S. Mayfield (Bill) of Silerton, TN and Charlotte S. Thoni (Jim) of Germantown, TN; five grandchildren, including Lisa Henson (Steve) of Sherwood, and Clayton Goddard (Amy) of Ward; two step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren including Lauren Underwood of Sherwood and Greyson, Grand and Griffin Goddard of Ward; 5 step-great-grandchildren; and many friends.