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Hollis Fay Roland Smith

Hollis Fay Roland Smith, 76, passed away Friday, July 16, 2021 at Life Care Columbia after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. 

Funeral Services will be conducted at Lynchburg Funeral Home on Thursday, July 22 at 11:00 am, with her nephew, Tom Harrison, officiating. Burial will be at Lois Cemetery. The family will visit with friends on Wednesday, July 21 at Lynchburg Funeral Home from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. 

Hollis is survived by her husband of 59 years, Tony Smith; sons, Allen (Jennifer) Smith and Chad (Amanda) Smith; grandson, Trenton (Jennifer) Smith; granddaughter, Saranda (Jason) Sanders; great grandsons, Hunter and Holden Smith; great granddaughter, Summer Smith; sisters, Marine Ables, Hazel Lamb, Glenda Fraser, Judy Pittenger, and Pauline Moorehead; one brother, Calvin Roland; several nieces and nephews. 

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She was preceded in death by her parents, Elvin and Ethel Roland of Huntland, TN and one sister, Martha Marshall. 

Hollis graduated from Huntland High School, where she played basketball for the Huntland Hornets, when women’s basketball was played 3 on 3. She met her future husband, Tony, at a basketball game at the old Huntland High School gym. They were married on July 3, 1962 and celebrated their 59th Anniversary this past July. She retired from the Tennessee Children’s Home after 40 plus years. She retired in 2010 to be able to travel, raise her flowers, and do what she loved best—going to auctions, estate sales, and collecting antiques of various forms, shapes, and sizes. She volunteered at the Lincoln County Archives after her retirement and was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy. She was a faithful member of the W. 7th Street Church of Christ for the past 30 years, until the Covid pandemic forced her to remain home due to her frail condition. She fought a brave battle as was her nature not to ever give up. 

During her younger years, she worked hard on her Daddy’s produce farm. She would get up early before going to school and help milk cows. After school, and during the summer, she worked in the field chopping, then picking cotton in the fall, digging potatoes, gathering watermelon and cantaloupe, and helping her Daddy take the produce to the farmers market to sell. 

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes, because those who love with their heart and soul, there is no such thing as goodbyes.” 

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