Shirley J. Smoot

Shirley J. Smoot

Shirley J. Smoot, 82, of Anna, died Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at Union County Hospital Long Term Care in Anna.

She was born on March 29, 1940, in Anna, the daughter of Rayburn A. and Mary Alice Barringer Russell. 

She was raised in Saratoga and was a lifelong resident of Union County. 

She married Kenneth “Smokie” Smoot on March 16, 1968, at New Hope Baptist Church. He preceded her in death on May 28, 2011.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Karen Smoot of Anna; her grandson, Evan Smoot; a sister, Alice (Donald) Bird of Elgin; three brothers, Ernest (Marilyn) Russell of Jonesboro, John (Helen) Russell of Vergennes and Rick (Nancy) Russell of Anna; nieces and nephews Greg Bird, Denise Bird-Sharpe, Tina Wiersema, Elizabeth Bowen and Kim Burger, as well as a special niece, Maria Boerngen; other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and a nephew, Kevin Bird.

Mrs. Smoot retired from Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna, where she worked as a seamstress. She was a member of Anna Heights Baptist Church. She will be remembered for her love of playing the piano, sewing, quilting, gardening and her pride and joy, her grandson Evan.

Funeral services for Shirley Smoot were at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Bill Littrell officiating. Interment followed in the Anna Cemetery. 

Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

To visit her memorial page and to leave online condolences for the family, visit the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home website at

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

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