Ann Carolyn Hicks Smith of Olive Branch, Mississippi, passed from this life on April 15, 2021. Family will be receiving friends on Monday, April 19, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at Twin Oaks Funeral Home (290 Goodman Road East Southaven, MS 38671). Interment will be held at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens (290 Goodman Road East Southaven, MS 38671).
Known earlier in life as “Carolyn” and later as “Ann,” she was born on February 26, 1936, at Lake Village, Arkansas. Carolyn met the love of her life, Jake Smith, while she was attending Lakeside High School, and they wed on June 7, 1953, the beginning of 55 years of happy and loving marriage. Carolyn and Jake moved to Southaven, Mississippi, with their young family in 1964, being one of the first families to live in what was then a small and unincorporated community. Soon thereafter, Carolyn began a career as a plant line foreman at the American Electric Lighting Division of ITT in Southaven, where she made many lifelong friends.
Carolyn enjoyed playing basketball and bowling, and she participated in both for many years on the company’s league teams. Later in life, Ann continued to enjoy watching sports with her favorite being basketball, especially the Memphis Grizzlies. Anyone who knew Ann soon learned of her love for Elvis Presley’s music. Being a teen in the South in the 1950’s, Carolyn was present at the birth of Rock & Roll music and looked forward to watching American Bandstand and Elvis whenever they were on TV.
Ann knew Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Until Ann moved to an assisted living home two years ago, she regularly attended services at First Baptist Church of Southaven where she had been a member since 1964.
Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Jake Smith; her parents, Dewey and Clara Hicks; and her brothers Grady Hicks, Alvie Hicks, Homer Hicks, and John Hicks. Ann deeply loved all of her family and she is survived by her children Stan Smith (Angie) of Madison, Mississippi; Michael Smith (Marilyn) of Southaven, Mississippi; and Beverly Hendrichovsky (John) of Southaven, Mississippi. She is also survived by her grandchildren Nicholas Smith (Whitney) of Memphis, Tennessee; Dr. Brent Smith (Mary Kat) of Marietta, Georgia; Melissa Scott (Sammy) of Smackover, Arkansas; Graham Smith (Jordan) of Madison, Mississippi; Chad Smith of El Cajon, California; Ashley Hendrichovsky of Southaven, Mississippi; and Jonathan Hendrichovsky of Southaven, Mississippi. She is also survived by her two great-grandchildren Olivia and Alex Smith of Marietta, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Southaven, 8888 Hwy. 51, Southaven, MS 38671.