Nerissa Gray Smith

Published 11:31 am Monday, June 20, 2011

JACKSON, Tenn. — Nerissa Gray Smith, a former resident of Edwards, died Thursday, June 16, 2011, at her daughter’s home. She was 93.

Ms. Smith was a graduate of Southern Christian Institute in Edwards. She was elected as the first and only female mayor of Edwards in 1989. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church and Amaranth Chapter of the Eastern Star Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Prince A. and Carrie H. Gray.

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Survivors include her daughter, Catherine Smith-Lewis of Jackson, Tenn.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Missionary Baptist Church in Edwards. Visitation will be today from 1 until 7 at Lakeover Funeral Home in Jackson.