Shirley Jean Smith

ROCHELLE — Our beautiful mother and mawmaw, Shirley Jean Smith, 80, went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, June 3.  

Smith was born on Aug. 19, 1940 to Cornes O. and Josephine (Beaver) Lovett in Pulaski, Tennessee. She married Willie H. Smith. He preceded her in death in 1974. She has been with the love of her life, Chuck Lamb, for over 30 years.

Smith had a great work ethic and was an extremely hard worker. She was known for the meticulous care of her yard. Her yard was her pride and joy. She loved tending to her flower garden and being outdoors.

Smith was the rock of her family, raising her four children by herself. She was a proud mother and mawmaw and was the glue that held her family together.

Shirley had a strong belief in Jesus. Honesty, fighting for the truth and helping others were pillars of who she was. She was accepting and loving of everyone she met. 

Shirley is survived by the love of her life, Chuck Lamb; her children, Darrell (Shar) Smith, Deborah Futrell, and Jerry (Amy) Smith, all of Rochelle, and Kim Smith of Indianapolis; six grandchildren, Joshua Smith, Kelsie Futrell, Tyler Smith, Kassidie Futrell, D’Andre Smith, and Shanterra Smith; five great-grandchildren: Dallas Smith, Logan Smith, Graham Taylor, Amara Smith and Quinn Taylor; brothers, Charles Lovett of Shabbona and Bill (Bev) Lovett of DeKalb; brother-in-law, Bob Griswald and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Willie H. Smith; beloved son-in-law, Richard E. Futrell; granddaughter, baby Keyana Smith; brothers, Larry, Ronnie, and Donnie Lovett; and her sister, Glenda Griswald.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, June 8 at Unger-Horner Funeral Home at 400 N. 6th St. in Rochelle.  

Funeral service will follow at noon after the visitation June 8 at the funeral home with Chaplain Judy Williams officiating.  

Interment will follow the service at Trinity Memory Gardens in Rochelle. Memorials may be made in Shirley’s name to Serenity Hospice and Home.  Visit www.ungerhorner.comto sign the online guest book.  


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