Emma Kidwell Smith Vineyard, born April 26, 1922, passed away peacefully from this life into the realm of glory on June 21, 2018, at the age of 96. Jesus was holding her hand and said, “Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of thy kingdom.” She graduated from Old Knoxville High, class of 1940, and Knoxville Business College. She was a faithful member of Arlington Baptist Church. Emma sang in the choir, taught a Sunday School class and had a heart for missions. She worked at Associated Transport for 17 years. She was a prayer warrior as a wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Preceded in death by parents, John Davis and Annabell (Tobler) Smith; husband, Lester Vineyard, Sr.; son-in-law, Thomas Montgomery; grandson, Neil Montgomery.
Survived by daughters, Rebecca Montgomery, Jeanette Vineyard (Sam) Woodard, Laura Vineyard (Mike) Woodard; son, Lester Vineyard, Jr. (Debbie); grandchildren, Steven Montgomery (Rebecca), Joel Woodard, Patrick Woodard (Danyelle), Jonathan Woodard (Amy), Andrea Woodard (Dusty) Collins, Ashleigh Vineyard (Jeremiah) Russell, Leslie Vineyard (Gary) Barnard; great-grandchildren, Noah, Leah and Grant Montgomery, Elizabeth and Catherine Russell, Lennon Barnard, Elleigh and Maeve Woodard, and 2 on the way.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Stevens Mortuary followed by a funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. John Thomerson and Rev. Patrick Sutherland officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018 at Greenwood Cemetery for an 11:00 a.m. graveside service and interment. Grandsons will be pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000. Serving the family, Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway
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