KATIE E. “Mama Stell” SMITH, 78, of Florence, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at her residence after an illness. Mrs. Smith was born in Mendenhall, MS, a daughter of the late Alex Dan and Oljuar Abby Thames Conner. She was a member of Emmanuel Ministries Church and she loved Jesus. She is survived by her children, Rusty (Margaret) Smith of Florence; Edward Wando (Robin) Smith of Durham, NC; Sharon (George) Fleming of Florence; Loren Russell Smith of Florence; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lewis (Norma) Conner of Albany, GA; a sister, Myrtis Phillips of Florence; and a sister-in-law, Vivian Speed of Florence. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edison Welburn Smith Jr. who died in1988. Graveside services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 24, 2011 at Florence National Cemetery directed by Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.