by JEFFREYREYNOLDS SPORTSEDITOR
Rita Ann (Leibee) (Sammons) Smith, age 72, of Pinsonfork, Kentucky (Formerly of Forest Hills, Kentucky), passed away Monday, February 4, 2013 at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky. She was born August 18, 1940, the youngest of six children born to Charles Edward and Aza (Rice) Leibee.
Mrs. Smith was a 1958 graduate of Belfry High School. Throughout most of her adult life, she was a homemaker, holding all the other jobs the word entails. She was a fantastic cook, and a talented craftsperson and artist. Later, she worked at the Williamson United Methodist Church and at Food City, South Williamson, Kentucky.
Mrs. Smith also returned to college later in life, and earned Associate degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science and Accounting from Southern West Virginia Community College. She thereafter continued her educational pursuits at the University of Pikeville (then Pikeville College), earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (Grades 9-12), with minors in Computer Science and Comprehensive Business, in 1994. Following attainment of this degree, she worked as a substitute teacher for the Pike County Board of Education prior to the illnesses which ended her career. She was a member of the Victory in Jesus Church, Sidney, Kentucky.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald L. Leibee, Charles H. Leibee, and Milton Leibee; and one sister, Kathleen (Leibee) Burchett. She was also preceded in death by two dear mothers-in-law, Pricey (Varney) Kimberlain and Carol Maxine “Ma” Smith.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Roger L. Smith, who resides at the home. Additionally, she is survived by four children: LeeAnn (Rick) Sammons Layne of Nicholasville, Kentucky; Darrell Edward (Amy) Sammons of Crestview Hills, Kentucky; Michael Keith (Sandi) Sammons of Chattanooga, Tennessee; John Mark Sammons of Pinsonfork, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Jordan Layne, Ethan Sammons, Abby Sammons, and Parker Sammons; two step-children, Tina Smith of Stone, Kentucky and Krystal (Smith) Royster of Waterloo, Indiana; three step- grandchidlren, Trentity Lee Smith, Lijah Maximus Royster, and Evie Alayna Royster. She is also survived by one brother, Johnnie Ray Leibee, of Loraine, Ohio; an especially dear niece, Judy (Leon) Griffith, Lima, Ohio; a dear sister-in-law, Nita Jackson, Forest Hills, Kentucky; and a host of additional nieces, nephews, family and friends she held dear to her heart.
The family wishes to thank all their friends and family for their prayers, visits and encouragement throughout their mother’s illness.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 from 6 PM to 9 PM. at Rogers Funeral Home, Belfry, Kentucky. Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, February 7, 2013 in the Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Johnny Hatfield and Reverend Mike Smith officiating, and with musical tributes by Keith Sammons and Ginger Hatfield. Interment will follow at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Kentucky., with Parker Sammons, Ethan Sammons, Jerry Taylor, Rexel Nee Jackson II, Philip Moore, and attending nephews serving as pallbearers; Honorary pallbearers will be Teddy Workman and attending members of the Roger Roberts, Sidney E. Copley, W.L. Bostic, and Johnny Hatfield families. A reception for family and friends will be held at the fellowship hall of the Forest Hills Baptist Church following the burial. Online condolences can be made at rerogersfuneralhome.com.
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