Vivian Marie Smith Rone was born on June 30th, 1927 in Carbon Hill, Alabama to the Late Mitchell Smith and Frances Anna Waters Kelly.
Vivian confessed Christ at an early age and was a faithful long-standing member of Grants Chapel CME Church. She was crowned the “Mother of the Church”. She was Past President of the Missionary and Stewardess Boards. She served as Church Secretary for over 30 years and chaired the Annual Easter and Women’s Day Programs. Vivian graduated from Dunbar High School Class of 1943. She was one of the founding members of the Christmas Savings Club of Carbon Hill.
Vivian met and married her husband, Cleveland ‘Stonewall” Rone. Together they worked hard to make their home inviting for their children, grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Vivian loved Carbon Hill. She oftentimes would say that there was no other place as beautiful as her hometown.
Vivian touched the lives of many with her love of cooking and baking. She enjoyed watching sports and her weekday 1:00 p.m. soap opera, General Hospital. Vivian displayed her humor and her wisdom through her funny and witty sayings.
Vivian reached the crossroad that we all must travel on May 5th, 2018. Her physical presence may be gone but her spirit of life continues in the hearts and minds of her loved ones.
Vivian was preceded in death by her loving husband, Cleveland Rone; daughter, Margaret Frances Price; step-daughter, Princie Rone; grandchild, Brian Keith Anderson; brothers, Dr. Michael Smith, Charles Ervin, Larry Ervin and Morris Gene Ervin; and sisters, Margaret Mitchell and Barbara Josephine Ervin.
Vivian leaves to mourn her passing her seven children: Mae Rachel Anderson, Milton (Evelyn) Jackson, Ester (Maurice) Cook, Deborah (Malone) Wallace, Gwendolyn Ann Smith, Terry Smith and Harold Burke (Patricia) Smith. Her five siblings: Robert (Carmen) Ervin, Donald Ervin, William Earl (Rosemary) Ervin, Eursa T. Hardie, and Gwendolyn (Charles) Sconion. Her 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 26 great-great grandchildren. She also leaves a host of other relatives, friends, and special friends: Magnolia Fairley and Velma Kirk.