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Updated: 03/09/2014 08:00:01AM

Birdie Lee Smith

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Birdie Lee Smith, 82, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Monday, March 3, 2014, at Englewood Community Hospital.

She was born Dec. 14, 1931, in Nashville, Tenn., to Jesse Lee and Lillie Mae Jenkins Jones.

Mrs. Smith had been a winter resident of Charlotte County, Fla., since 1969, prior to becoming a permanent resident from Nashville. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Southwest Bluegrass Association, and the American Legion Auxiliary in Rotonda West, Fla.

She is survived by her daughter, Elaine (Bryan) Denney of St. Johns, Fla.; sister, Shirley Duke of Old Hickory, Tenn.; two brothers, Jesse Lee (Martha) Jones Jr. of Nashville, and Johnny (Sue) Jones of Hendersonville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Rachael Denney of Atlantic Beach, Fla., and Evan Denney of Elkton, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob “Red” Smith, in 2004; and her parents.

A celebration of Birdie Lee’s life will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Placida Road Church of God (at Placida Road and Short Street) in Grove City, Fla. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250, Sarasota, FL 34237, in memory of Birdie Smith. You may share a memory with the family at

Arrangements are by Englewood Community Funeral Home with Private Crematory.

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