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Thelma Stables (Stables) Smith-Partin
August 18, 1940 ~ May 5, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Thelma Stables Smith-Partin peacefully joined the Heavenly Host on May 5, 2023 and is survived by her husband, Frederick Andrew Partin; a son, Todd Monroe Smith (Cathy) of Front Royal, VA, two grandchildren: Mykah Nikole Smith of Fort Valley, VA and Ezra Wayne Smith of Highland Springs, VA, Great Granddaughter Maelynn Nicole Smith, her beloved niece and confidant Jackie Stables Wallace (Ricky) and numerous fond nieces and nephews. Her parents, Raymond and Bertha Stables of Crewe, VA predeceased her, as did her siblings, Calvin E. Stables, Cynthia Stables Arbogast, Katherine Stables Asbury, Jane Stables DeWees, James P. Stables, Richard D. Stables, Marvin T. Stables and William W. Stables. Thelma was born in Crewe, VA, in 1940 and graduated from Crewe High School. She worked for three years at Southern States Cooperative and the Bank of Virginia; saved her money and then attended Westhampton College for two years, then RPI (now VCU), John Tyler Community College and J. Sargeant Community College, majoring in Business. In 1963, she married Robert Monroe Smith and they had one son, Todd M. Smith. Together they established a successful business, R.M. Smith, Inc. and later Huguenot Sales Company, of which Thelma became President. She and Monroe were married for 49 years before he passed. They lived in Chesterfield County and later moved to Amelia County, where she resided. In 1971, she earned the coveted title of “Certified Professional Secretary” of which there were only 5,000 in the country. In 1974, she earned the title “Secretary of the Year” for the Richmond Chapter of National Secretaries Association and also the Virginia Division of the Association, competing with 14 other chapters. In 1981, she was elected President of the Richmond Chapter, Professional Secretaries Association and the following year, served as Parliamentary Advisor to the Virginia Division President of the Association. Thelma was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Amelia Courthouse, VA, where she served on the Leadership Council, Card Ministry, and as Recording Secretary. Previously she had served as Elder and Sunday School Teacher in other churches. She loved God, her church, family and friends. Thelma enjoyed hosting Family Reunions, friends and neighbors. Funeral services will be held at 5:00 pm on Sunday May 7, 2023 at the Hillsman-Hix Funeral Home 16409 Court St in Amelia with burial following at Mt. Hermon Cemetery in Moseley, Va. Visitation at the funeral home at 4:00PM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, you may send a donation to the American Lung Association of Virginia, 9702 Gayton Road #110, Richmond, VA 23238.