Sergeant (Retired) Flora J. Miles was born on January 4, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama to Matthew Smith Sr. and Maudie Lucille Smith. She was the last child of three born to this union.
She confessed her belief in Christ at an early age and spent the rest of her life as a true stewart and servant. She was a member of the 46th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
Flora, better known as ‘Flo’ also taught aerobics at her church home and at the gym that she attended. Flo loved to dance and was a member of a Ball Room Dancing group. Decorating, Dancing and Modeling were some of her favorite hobbies. Flo appeared in a commercial which was one of the many highlights of her life.
She was a dedicated Soldier serving as an Administration Specialist at the 109th Evacuation Hospital and Detachment 5 HQ Starc. She served her country faithfully for 20 years as a member of the United States Army and received numerous awards.
Flo was a lifetime member of The American Legion where she served as Service Officer for Booker T. Oliver, Post 347 for several years. During her spare time Flo performed volunteer services at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the McWayne Center .
Flo matriculated through the public school system, graduating from Hayes High School . She went on to attend Faulkner University where she received an Associate of Arts degree with honors. Flo was a loving person, had a good heart and she loved helping others. One of her greatest joys was taking care of military personnel and the elderly.
On Thursday, March 28, 2019, she submitted to God’s will and answered his call from labor to reward. She was preceded in death by her mother, Maude Lucille Smith and father, Matthew Martin Smith, her brother Matthew “Matt” Smith Jr., her son Damon Emanuel Smith and her daughter Shelia Darlynn Evans. She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving daugher Gigantres L. Smith “Gigi” of Birmingham, AL; brother, Benjamin E. Smith (Maybell) of North Little Rock, Arkansas; 1 granddaughter, 6 grandsons, 1 niece, 3 nephews and a host of great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.