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Lucille Pope Smotherman

July 25, 1934 – September 25, 2021


Friday, October 8, 2021

Public Viewing: 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.

Held at

Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro

448 East Burton Street

Murfreesboro, Tennessee


Saturday, October 9, 2021

Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon

Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.

Held at

Hwy 231 Church of Christ

4331 Shelbyville Hwy

Murfreesboro, Tennessee



Johnson Road Cemetery

Christiana, Tennessee

Lucille Pope Smotherman, affectionately known as “Cille and Sister Cille”, departed this life on September 25, 2021. She was a beautiful wife, a loving mother, a devoted grandmother, aunt, sister and a great woman of faith. She was born July 25, 1934 to both the late Dora Lou Watkins Pope York and Grady Ransom in Rutherford County, in the city of Murfreesboro, TN.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Mitchell Smotherman; her daughters, Teresa Ann Smotherman and Donna Kaye Smotherman Blythe; granddaughter, Tiara Jimmerson; brother, George Pope; sisters, Virginia Daniel and Barbara Ann Pope Johnson Benford.

Lucille married the love of her life, Roy Mitchell Smotherman, on January 19, 1957 and to this union, God blessed them with five beautiful daughters, three remaining: Carolyn Pope Woods, Venice Daniel-Sneed and Pamela Smotherman Williams.

Lucille obeyed the gospel and was baptized into Christ at an early age. She was a devoted Christian serving as the children’s Sunday school teacher and the children’s song director for many years. She was a dedicated steward at the Johnson Rd./ Hwy 231 Church of Christ until she succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. She fought a good fight and kept the faith until she finished her race. 2Timothy 4:7-8

Lucille attended Christiana Elementary School and graduated from Holloway High School, Class of 1954. While there, she ran track and sang in a quartet. Lucille loved to travel and tape record her favorite group, The Candlelights. She was proud of her daughters and supported them everywhere they went. She loved life and laughed often. Her favorite pastimes were playing spades, watching soap operas and game shows, bowling, playing volleyball and cooking. For over 20 years, every Saturday, she would go to town and enjoy a day of luncheon (KFC) and shopping with her mother, sisters and Ms. Sally B.

Lucille Pope Smotherman leaves to cherish her memories, three loving daughters, Carolyn Pope Woods, Venice (Joe) Daniel-Sneed and Pamela Smotherman Williams; son-in-law Jerry Blythe, Sr.; grandchildren, Tiffany Woods-Meredith, Maria Woods, Jason Woods, Tarra (Julian) Johnson, Eric (Tracy) Daniel, Lynnaye Blythe, Jerry Blythe, Jr., Cedrick (Lauren) Williams and Cededra Williams; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

We want to pay tribute to her beloved daughters Carolyn Woods, Venice Daniel-Sneed, the late Donna Kaye Smotherman Blythe and Pamela Smotherman Williams for the tender and loving care they gave to their mother over the years. We especially want to give a honorable mention and a heartfelt thank you to Venice Daniel-Sneed for her sacrifice, dedication and devoted caregiving during the final weeks of Lucille’s transition. We also would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Ms. Kena Lester, for her dependability and much needed assistance in our mother’s care during the past year.

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