Patricia (Pat) Smith Terry was born August 11,1937 to the late Philip Smith and Naomi McKeever Smith in Brooklyn, New York. God saw fit to give her a helpmate to love in the next stage of her life and in 2002 she married Reverend Namond Terry of Jasper County, South Carolina. Patricia answered God's call on June 16,2021 with Rev. Terry beside her.
Pat was preceded in death by her brother, Philip Smith and her sister, Ruth Ann Smith. She is survived by her children: Naomi (Noirin) Mabel, Derek (LeTicia)Latrice and Arnold “Porgie; daughter-in-law, Delores "Suky" Brown; two sisters-in-law: Mary Brantley and Annie (Roy) Walden. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Eric (Jakki), Barbara (Kenneth), Portia ,Raymond (Adrian), Candace (Rob), Prince, Emaun ,Kwame, Monica (Vincent), Jocelyn, Vernee ,Isiah, Sequoia (Crawford), Kyla, Brianna, Kensley, Kendall, Xanijah, and Ajah and her nieces and nephews Philip, Joyce (Ronald) and Gina (James) and Samuel Smith.
Educated in Brooklyn, New York she received two master’s degree one in Computer and Information Science from Pratt University and a Master's in Gerontology and Administration from the College of New Rochelle. Patricia was the first Black tenured Associate Professor when she began a Doctoral program at Columbia University in New York before becoming ill. In spite of her illness when they moved to South Carolina she began a Theology program in Ministry Studies and was a member of the County Board of Mental Health in Orangeburg. Pat loved and cherished Education and her children followed in her footsteps acquiring multiple degrees and Professional Accolades.
Patricia worked at the Brooklyn Public Library for 14 years and at College of New Rochelle for 25 years as both a Professor and Coordinator and Director establishing five Satellite Library Sites in NY State and the five boroughs. In her professional life she was President of the New York Black Librarians, On the Executive Board of the American Library Association, Association of Black Women in Higher Education, 100 Black Women Coalition, New York League of Business and Professional Women past president, the Schomburg Committee, Teacher of the Year 1993 and recognized and honored in Who’s Who among African Americans 12th edition.
Pat maintained membership at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Brooklyn since 1957 where she served on the Usher Board, Pastor’s Aide and on the Choir as Active member and Soloist. Moving to South Carolina she joined Olive Grove Missionary Baptist church where she was a member and past President of the Deaconess Board.
She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Winston Barnaby, her grandson, Tyrone Brown, her children Edward “Buddy” Brown and Beverly Brown Austin. She was also preceded in death by her brothers-in-law: Raymond, Theto and Johnny Terry and her sister-in-law, Alice and Henry Pageant.
Pat is mourned by Great grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, friends and colleagues.
The service will proceed as follows:
The viewing will be held on Thursday, June 24,2021 at Glover's Funeral Home at 2:00pm until 7:00pm.
The funeral will be held on Friday, June 25,2021 at Glover's Funeral Home beginning at 12:00pm. All those attending service must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations. Service will be streamed live on Our Facebook Page Glover's Funeral Home of Orangeburg.
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