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Beloved Matriarch, Doris Ellen Smith Waddell, 92, of 222 S. Broome Street, Albemarle, entered everlasting life on Tuesday, January 22, 2018, at the Bethany Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Albemarle.

Doris was born in Cameron, NC, on March 1, 1925, to William Franklin Smith and Lelia Mae Crissman Smith. She was one of eight children. She graduated from Vass-Lakeview High School in 1943 and worked in the wartime defense industry, first in a camouflage factory in Carthage, NC, followed by employment as a file clerk at the Social Security Board in Baltimore, Maryland. Returning to North Carolina in 1944, she worked in Southern Pines' railroad ticket office.

She married Theodore Lee Waddell of Harnett County on July 21, 1946, a union which lasted until his death 63 years later. During their common life, they lived in Harnett County, Wadesboro, China Grove, Concord, Albemarle, and Olivia. Four children were born to them, three of whom are still living.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Lee Waddell; her parents; son, Donald Grant Waddell; granddaughter, Leigh Waddell; three brothers, Jerry Smith, Paul Smith, and William "Billy" Smith; and four sisters Jewel Smith Callahan, Hilda Smith Robertson, Nancy Smith Yow, and Carol Smith Lea.

Survivors include three children -- Jerry Smith Waddell (Linda) of Albemarle, NC; David Lee Waddell (Sherry) of Pickens County, SC; and Dorinda Kay Waddell Edwards (Samuel) of Waynesville, NC; four grandchildren -- Susan Waddell Sikes (Mark) of Waxhaw, NC, Jennifer Waddell Silvania (Ed) of Asheville, NC, David Thomas Edwards and Rachel Karen Edwards, both of Waynesville, NC, Chris Mauney (Cindy), Robin Mauney, both of Albemarle; and thirteen great-grandchildren -- Carter Sikes, Emma Locane, Marley Locane, Justin Mauney, Kelly Featherstone (Victoria), Christopher James Mauney, Steven Lowery, and Ryan Lowery, Bentley Owen, Joshua Owen, Serenity Aldredge; and two great-great grandchildren -- Josie Featherstone and Grayson Featherstone.

Doris was on the cradle roll of Cameron Baptist Church, where, as an adult, she served in many capacities, including as a teacher of the Senior Women's Sunday School Class, and she sang in the choir. In Albemarle, she was active in Fairview Baptist Church and later East Albemarle Baptist Church. In her later years, she attended Randall United Methodist Church in Norwood, NC.

Doris' first priority was to be a devoted Christian mother and homemaker, but her creativity was also generously expressed in painting, sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, basket weaving, pottery, home decorating, antique restoration and collection, singing gospel music, and most especially in writing journals, poetry, and genealogy.

Funeral services for Doris Waddell will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Cameron Baptist Church in Cameron, NC, with former pastor the Rev. Wayne Greene and Jared McNeill officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow the funeral at Crane's Creek Cemetery in Cameron.

Donations in memory of Doris Waddell may be made to the Cameron Baptist Church for the Music Department, PO Box 155, Carthage, NC 28326.

The family wishes sincerely to thank Linda and Jerry Waddell for their sacrificial and loving care of Doris in the final years of her life.
Published on January 24, 2018
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