Opal L. (Douglas) Smith
April 13, 1941 ~ April 14, 2023

Opal was born April 13, 1941 in Clio, WV, was raised in Belle, WV and later married her high school sweetheart, George Smith.  They raised their children in Cross Lanes, WV and then retired in Looneyville, WV.  Opal retired from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in Charleston, WV.

Opal loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them and her love was easily felt by her selfless desire to take care of others.  Family gatherings were important to her.  She always wanted everyone there, so she could visit and hug them all.

She enjoyed her time at the Amma Community and Senior Center and the Chickamauga Active Living Center.  She made wonderful friends at each, and talked positively about them all the time.

Her granddaughter, Channa Leighton, wrote this beautiful poem describing her values and her life.

All grandparents are gold

but mine was sparkling Opal too

Colors so bright when she was near

her light shined warm on you


Truth be told it didn’t matter

how she came into your life

Mom, neighbor, Mamaw, friend

& Papaw George’s wife


Once her iridescence lit you up

you were blessed forever

Bound to be left wishing

for one more hug together


Helping others recharged her soul;

she was everything to everyone

Cooking, crocheting, volunteering,

reading, shopping, having fun


Fish fries, family, flea markets,

beaches—laying in the sun

Gardens, thrifting, game shows,

uniquest snacks

longest walks of anyone


Fiery, feisty, funny,

but wise and grounded too

She gave so much to all of us

then found more to give to you


A mesmerizing glisten

lighting the darkest night

Advice worth every listen

Now you take your flight


Shine down on this whole world

Illuminate every soul who needs you

A Pearl inside an oyster

April diamonds refract too


Glows radiate from hearts you touched

& now’s our time to share

A legacy of luminous light,

All of us left better

because an Opal cared


Opal was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, her parents, Jacob Earl and Flotie Lee Douglas, her sisters, Violet Hardesty and Louise Keeney, as well as her brother Jacob “Buddy” Douglas.  She is survived by her children, Butch (Robin) Smith, Chuck (Kim) Smith Sr., and Leesa (Paul) Ross.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Brandy Bolton, Channa (Scott) Leighton, Chuck Smith, Jr., Eric Smith, and Kristina (Kyle) Nadrowski.  Lastly, she is survived by her great-grandchildren, Brianna Bolton, Andrew Sheffield, Ansley Bolton, Kenlee Leighton, Aiden Mooney, CharleeAnn Leighton, Michael Leighton, and Brody Nadrowski.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers, monetary donations be sent to the church she attended, which she loved dearly--Newton Baptist Church, PO Box 814, Newton, WV 25266.

Everyone that knew her will miss her caring spirit and treasure the memories that they have of her.

Funeral Home in Charge

Lane Funeral Home – South Crest Chapel
833 Chickamauga Ave
Rossville, GA 30741