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September 17, 2023
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Martina Almeria Smith was born on September 18, 1984 and entered into eternal rest on September 17, 2023.
The youngest child of Mr. Harvey B. Smith and the late Mrs. Mildred Porter Smith, Martina was born and raised in Mullins, SC. She was educated in the Marion County School District schools. She displayed a natural talent for basketball and was a proud member of the Varsity Lady Auctioneers basketball team at Mullins High School, from where she graduated in 2002. In 2009, she graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Martina worked at the SC Department of Employment and Workforce until her health began to fade. However, she never let her illness stop her from using her God-given talents. She developed a passion for arts and crafts; and designed sneakers and jewelry for her family and friends, which brought her much joy.
Martina loved the Lord, which was evident by the life she lived and her unwavering trust in Him. She joined Mt. Olive Baptist church at an early age and sang on the Little Shepherd Praise Choir and Youth Choir. She also served as an usher and taught Vacation Bible School.
Martina’s accomplishments were varied, but perhaps the most visible legacy she leaves to the Mullins community is her work with student-athletes. Martina was very passionate about being a positive role model for those with whom she worked. She always pushed her athletes to do their best while uplifting and encouraging them. One of her favorite achievements include serving at her alma mater as an assistant coach for the Lady Auctioneers JV basketball team. Additionally, she assisted the Palmetto Middle School Girls, GSL Girls’ AAU, Lake View High School JV and Varsity, and Dillon High School JV basketball teams. Martina inspired all who knew her with her determination, strength, and resilience. She remained positive regardless of the obstacles she faced. She had faith, that with God, she could overcome even the impossible.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her brother, Harvey Smith, Jr. She leaves to cherish fond memories; her father, Harvey B. Smith of Mullins, SC; five brothers: Charles Edward Smith (Cynthia) of Hinesville, GA; James Eric Smith of Mullins, SC; Kendrick Maurice Smith (Alicia) of Blythewood, SC; Cedric Lawrence Smith (Ashley) of Tampa, FL; and Sandy Jermaine Smith of Mullins, SC; one sister, Samantha Dawn Smith of Sumter, SC; one aunt: Margaret (Luther) Edwards of Mullins, SC; twelve nephews: Tyrell (Katina), Shaquille (Caitlin), RonReco, Maleek, Cameron, Javarius, Christion, Shereif, Amaurion, Nigel, Fabian, and Ayden; five nieces: Mya, Kaiden, Kenya, Kamarra and Zariah; three great nephews: Jah’Leek, Christian and Loyal; five great nieces: Ah’Nadia, Mila, Zoey, Oakleigh, and McKenzie; five godchildren: Mykell, Jayden, Ariyanna, Kenyata, and Kingston; and a host of other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: The Lupus Foundation of America, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037, or The Mullins High School Alumni Association, 439 E. Lowman Street, Mullins, SC 29574.