Born January 18, 1932, at Gilbert, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd and Liddie Lockhart Hatfield. Also preceding her in death were three sisters, Ruby, Susan and Ruth, and one brother, Joseph.
Flossie graduated from Gilbert High School in 1949 and graduated from Concord College with a B.S. degree in Education. She was a retired teacher, formerly employed with the Mingo County Board of Education at Gilbert Grade School for over 37 years. Flossie was a poet and author who wrote two books of poetry and co-authored several books about the Gilbert community. Using her writing ability, Flossie wrote many poems and stories upon request and enjoyed sharing her talent with others. She was a member of the Justice United Methodist Church for over 25 years, where she served her church as a former Sunday school teacher. Flossie enjoyed gardening and feeding and watching birds.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 54 years, Joe Smith; one daughter, Gretchen (Mark) Ryll of Greenville, S.C.; one son, Gavin Smith of Gilbert; one brother, Bobby Joe (Betsy) Stringer of Ashland, Ky.; one granddaughter, Stacy (Jarrod) Hatfield of Gilbert; two grandsons, Tyler Ryll of Greenville and Paul Ryll of Columbia, S.C.; two great-grandchildren, Hayden and Emma Hatfield, both of Gilbert; a dear friend, Keith Carter of Gilbert; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, at the First Missionary Baptist Church at Justice with the Rev. Diamond Carter and Rev. James Nagy officiating. Burial will follow in the Larkin-Hatfield Cemetery at Horse Pen.
Pallbearers will be Jarrod Hatfield, Tyler Ryll, Paul Ryll, Mark Thompson, Paul Edward Ball, and Teddy Morgan.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.