Fannie Lee (Dukes) Smith

October 13, 1937 ~ June 13, 2022 (age 84)


Fannie Lee Smith

Sunrise: October 13, 1937 -  Sunset: June 13, 2022

Fannie Lee Smith (nee Dukes) was born on October 13, 1937 to the late Virgie and Percy Dukes in Greenwood, Mississippi.   She was the oldest of 3 girls and named after her grandmother, the late Fannie Jones.   She was preceded in death by her sisters, Queen Esther Townsend and Gertrude O’Neal; her daughter, Carolyn Smith Ballard;  her beloved Richard Hankerson, and her son in law, Alfonso McPherson Sr.  Fannie departed from this earthly life to join them on June 13, 2022.

Fannie moved to Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of nine.   She was educated in the Cincinnati Public School District.  Fannie united in marriage with Elmer Smith in 1959.  She was blessed with 4 children, Jacqueline, Carolyn, Jennifer, and Mark.  She also raised a 5th child, Adrienne.  Fannie was employed at M.E Heuck Company for many years.  She accepted Christ and was baptized at New Prospect in her earlier years.  Fannie restored her membership in 2000.

Fannie was the matriarch and rock of the family.   She was a very loving and caring person.  Maintaining connections with family and friends was extremely important to her.  Fannie was a truly a giver and would share what she had with others.  She was a natural caregiver and gave her all when caring for others through their illnesses. Fannie was a breast cancer survivor and displayed a tremendous amount of strength during that period of time in her life.   She enjoyed cooking, going to bingo, chatting with friends, and caring for her grand and great grandchildren throughout the years.

Fannie leaves to cherish her memory:  children, Jacqueline McPherson, Jennifer Williams (Johnny), and Mark Smith;  grandchildren: Gregory Smith (Linda), Antonio Smith, Isaiah Smith (Connie), Dawnelle Dukes, Christopher Smith (Haley), Ricardo Smith, Terrell Dukes, Ebony Bush, Lottie Bush, Wendell Johnson (Angelique) , Alfonso McPherson Jr, Michelle McPherson, Jenell McPherson, and Adrienne Jones; brother: Charlie Robb Jr;  28 great-grandchildren: Kayla, Deshaun, Jade,  Deazia, Bishop, Heaven, An’Tanai, An’Tania, Karalyn, Tameka,  Isaiah Jr., Iyanah, Ivan,  Avieonna, Isaac, Israel, Icona, Amaiah, Aayden, Lamarion, Danaisha, Keiron,  Crisani,  Mikell, Meilani, Malayah, Wendell Jr, Franklin, Jaylen and Ina;  6 Great Great Grand Children: Mateo, Isabella, RyAnn, MariAnn, KeriAnn, and Marcellus; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation is from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm, on  Thursday, June 23, 2022, at the New Prospect Baptist Church, 1580 Summit Road, Cincinnati  (45237).   The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation beginning at 12:00 pm.

Interment will follow at Vine Street Hill Cemetery, 3701 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220.

Repast will follow the interment at West College Hill Neighborhood Services, 2062 North Bend Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45524.

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June 23, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
New Prospect Baptist Church
1580 Summit Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237

Funeral Service
June 23, 2022

12:00 PM
New Prospect Baptist Church
1580 Summit Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237

Interment - Laid to Rest
June 23, 2022

Vine Street Hill Cemetery
3701 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220

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