Melinda F. Smith, age 79 of Moody, AL passed away on June 30, 2023 in Birmingham, AL. She was a native of Walker County, AL and was born on March 16, 1944 to Albert and Vicy Ferguson. She was the youngest of their four children. Melinda was a graduate of Ensley High School class of 1962. She married the love of her life Rickey J. Smith on October 28, 1993.
She was a faithful Christian and devoted member of Leeds Worship Center where she sang in the choir. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and was known for her beloved banana pudding and her cajun chicken salad. She retired from PEMCO Aeroplex after 45 years of service.
Melinda was preceded in death by her parents and her two sisters, Betty Smith, Polly Harper, and Nell Smith and two brothers-in-law, Arnold Harper and Robert Pickard. She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Rickey J. Smith; her son, Scottie Smith (Racheal); her three grandchildren, Caleb, Landen, and Samuel Smith; her sisters, Patsy Pickard, Peggy McKenzie (Donnie) and Sonya Fite; niece, Dee Christensen (Jim), and great nephew, Dane Christensen (Amy). She also leaves behind a host of beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family.
A funeral for Melinda will be held at Leeds Worship Center at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6th with visitation held two hours prior to the service. Pastor Rickey Bradford and her son, Pastor Scottie Smith will be presiding over the service. A visitation will also follow on Friday, July 7th at Colonial Funeral Home, 323 2nd St. Columbia MS 39429 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A chapel service will be held at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, July 8th at 11:00 a.m. The Burial will immediately follow at Richland Creek Cemetery, 200 Richland Creek Rd. Foxworth MS 39429.