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Eddie Doris HOLLAND Smith
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Birth: Oct. 16, 1927
Dolomite
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jun. 25, 2010
Summerville
Dorchester County
South Carolina, USA

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Eddie "Doris" Smith, 82, of Summerville, widow of Alonzo Hoover Smith, passed away on June 25, 2010 at Summerville Medical Center.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 11 o'clock at Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Avenue, Summerville. Entombment will follow at Dorchester Memory Garden. Friends and family may visit at the funeral home on Monday, June 28, 2010 from 6 until 8 o'clock PM at James A. Dyal Funeral Home, 303 South Main Street, Summerville.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleton Drive, Suite 205, Columbia, SC 29204 or Palmetto Health Hospice, 1400 Pickens Street, Columbia, SC 29202.

Doris was born on October 16, 1927 in Dolomite, Alabama, daughter of the late Roy Edward Holland and Kathleen Johnson Holland. She attended schools in Alabama and graduated from Baptist College of Charleston (Charleston Southern University). She was in Alpha Beta Club and Beta Gamma while in college. She loved to travel and wrote a book on the geneology of the Holland-Johnson line. She loved the Lord and her family very much. She retired from Southern Bell as an operator. She was a member of Summerville Baptist Church.

Surviving are: 4 Sons: Michael E. Smith (Joyce) of Bluffton, SC, Steven L. Smith(Kathleen), Bruce K. Smith(Annette) & Bryan K. Smith(Ann) all of Summerville; 1 Daughter: Elaine D. Smith-Ross(Timothy) of Summerville, 1 Sister Barbara Jean Freeland of Batesburg, SC; 16 Grandchildren; 17 Great Grandchildren; 1 Sister In Law: Eunice "Tootsie" Holland of Columbia, SC. She was predeceased by 2 Brothers: Bruce F. Holland, Henry George Holland, and 1 sister: Shirley Mae HOLLAND Mills.

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on June 27, 2010
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The first of five children born to Kathleen Johnson and Roy Edward Holland was born at Dolomite, Jefferson County, Alabama. She was named Eddie after her father who said she was going to be the only child (four more children were born, two boys, two girls). As a child she was called Eddie until the children at school taunted her with "Eddies got a boys name" over and over with a sing-song voice. She came home crying and the family started calling her Doris. Her relatives called her Eddie Doris for years.

Doris's family moved to Detroit when she was a few months old when her father was employed by Henry Ford. They lived there until 1931 when the great depression hit and the plant closed. Her most vivid images of Detroit are of the milkman leaving milk on the front porch and the cream rising to the top and freezing. It would expand about an inch above the top of the bottle (YUMMY, How Deliscious!(These were the days before homogenized milk)). The park playground was a favorite of hers. One day she climbed the steps of the slide in eager anticipation, threw her legs over the side and started down. Workmen had removed the slide to repair it, below was concrete, she came home minus some teeth.

At age six the family was living in Carrville, Alabama, in a small shanty type house with a lean-to kitchen in the rear. Bathing was through the use of a #3 washtub. The water had to be brought in and heated on the stove. The necessity (toilet) was outside behind a fig tree in the cotton patch which surrounded three sides of the house. There was a dog that the children were quite fond of, as there were no toys he was not only a pet, but something to play with. The family diet was slim and usually consisted of cornbread, beans, and some vegetables. Meat was hard to come by. One day Roy brought home some meat and laid it on the table. When he walked back into the kitchen, there was the dog finishing up a tasty dish and licking his chops. Needless to say emotions were running high. Roy took down his gun and chased the dog through the cotton patch until he shot him. The children were devestated at losing their pet and Doris never had nor wanted another dog or pet since.

The family moved to Charleston, SC, in 1940. At age 14, Doris worked as an Usherette in the downtown movie houses. She quit school about this time in order to work. At age 16, she went to work in the Navy Yard on the building ways as an welder. Rough work and a rough place for a young girl.

Having problems at home drove Doris into leaving. She had an accident on a motorcycle leaving her unable to walk for a short period and had to return home. An early Marriage was her next way of leaving home, It left her in Miami, Florida divorced and all alone at age 18.

Doris met a sailor stationed in Key West on a blind date. Three months later she married Alonzo Hoover Smith, Jr. on June 22, 1952. Three weeks after they were married, he left for Germany. She sailed in May of 1953 on board the SS America to rejoin Alonzo. In March of 1954, Michael Edward Smith was born in Wiesbaden, Germany. Nine months later they returned to the states.

Doris and Alonzo bought a home in Brentwood in N. Charleston and added to the family, Steven Lane Smith was born December 29, 1956, then Elaine Doris Smith born May 10, 1958.

Alonzo transferred to Norfolk, Virginia and a home was bought on Mercer Dr. and a surprise! Twins! Bruce Kevin and Bryan Keith Smith born August 18, 1959.

Their final move was to Summerville, SC in 1965 where a large mid-1800's home was bought in the old section of town. Here the family finally put down their roots to stay.

Doris went to work for Southern Bell, then, regretting not having finished school, entered college at the age of 50 with two of her children. Working nights she could only take 2 subjects at a time, graduating 8 years later "Cum Laude".

Doris retired in 1984.

(SOURCE:The Holland And Johnson Lines and Related Families by Eddie Doris Holland-Smith)
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TO DORIS, THE MORNING STAR
By Roy Edward Holland

I have a daughter who grew up tall
She’s lovely and bright and high,
Just like the sparkling morning star
We see in the dawning sky.

She’s free, white and twenty-one,
Or is it twenty-five?
High, bright and lovely
And very much alive!

I wish that more girls grew as tall
And glamorous to the eye.
We love them all, be they short or tall
But we like them better high.
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Grandmother of:
Beverly Diane Ross(1987 - 2005)  
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Roy Edward Holland (1903 - 1981)
  Kathleen Johnson Holland (1907 - 1982)
 
 Spouse:
  SCPO Alonzo Hoover Smith (1929 - 1999)
 
 Siblings:
  Eddie Doris HOLLAND Smith (1927 - 2010)
  Bruce Frederick Holland (1929 - 2008)*
  Shirley Mae Holland Mills (1934 - 1974)*
  Henry George Holland (1938 - 2007)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Dorchester Memory Gardens
Summerville
Dorchester County
South Carolina, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 32.97618, -80.2406
 
Maintained by: Bryan Smith
Originally Created by: Paulette
Record added: Jun 26, 2010
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