Lillian Aileen Weeks Smith was born in Fayetteville, NC on January 8, 1928 to the late Cora Carter Weeks Fisher and Arthur Floyd Weeks. She entered Heaven’s gates on September 26, 2021, no doubt greeted by many family members and friends who arrived before her.
A consummate mother, homemaker and gardener, Aileen was the quintessential southern cook who enjoyed preparing meals for her family, particularly Sunday lunches. She was a precise seamstress and had a passion for sewing and altering clothes for herself, her children and friends, which she continued to do in retirement. She was an avid UNC-Chapel Hill basketball fan who enjoyed watching games on TV and pulling for “her Tarheels.” Following her homemaking years, Aileen courageously began a professional career in 1971 as a clerk with the Cumberland County Court System, retiring after 21 years. There she earned the reputation of the “go to” employee for accurate and timely information relating to active and pending court cases.
Aileen had an unwavering and rock-solid faith in God. She was a devoted member of Sunnyside Presbyterian Church of Vander and was active in all aspects of church life including the Women’s Circle, Bible School and annual Homecoming celebrations. She held an Honorary Life Membership in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., recognized by the Presbyterian Women Association.
Aileen was predeceased by her loving husband James Cledwell, “J.C.” Smith, and by her siblings, sisters Dorothy MacDonald and Georgia Hedgepeth; brothers Julius Floyd (Doc), Eugene (Gene), Gordon, Claude, and Cyrus (Pat)Weeks.
Aileen’s pride and joy were all of her children. She is survived by son James Smith and his wife Pamela, who devotedly managed her care and well-being during her assisted-living and memory care years; son Darrell Smith and wife Linda; daughter Martha Smith and husband Joe Meyer; daughter Mary Prather and husband Jim; and daughter Gretchen Zollinger and husband Richard. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Rosemary Prather, Simon Prather, Shannon Millen and Carlo Zollinger; and four great grandchildren: Daryl, Jackson and Harper Millen, and Samantha Rose Perry.
The family expresses tremendous gratitude for the loving and attentive staff of the Brookdale Assisted Living and Memory Care Community as well as Hillcrest Convalescent Center.
In the spirit of Aileen’s frugalness, and in lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial remembrance for the church she so dearly loved, Sunnyside Presbyterian, 3997 Sunnyside School Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28312 or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
As per Aileen’s wishes, the family will gather for a private graveside service.
2 Timothy 4:7 - I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.jerniganwarren.com/
Arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey St. Fayetteville, NC 28301
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Alzheimer's Foundation of America
322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York NY 10001
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
3997 Sunnyside School Rd., Fayetteville NC 28312