Sally Birdsong Smith

Published 10:27 pm Wednesday, October 2, 2013

VIRGINIA BEACH — Sally Birdsong Smith, 75, died peacefully, surrounded by her entire family on Oct. 1, 2013.

Born and raised in Suffolk, Sally was the eldest daughter of Harvard and Mary Taylor Birdsong. She graduated from Suffolk High School and Randolph Macon Women’s College.

Her proudest achievement and greatest joy were the three children she raised with her husband of 52 years, Lawrence Norfleet Smith, of Virginia Beach, who survives her. She is also survived by her three children, Lawrence Norfleet Smith Jr. (Selby), of Virginia Beach, Harvard Birdsong Smith (Blair), of Richmond, and Susan Smith Stuart (Todd), of Atlanta; seven grandchildren; her sisters, Susan Birdsong Corpening, of High Point, N.C. and Mary Harvard Birdsong Nolde, of Richmond.

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Sally had three great loves in life — her family and friends, her garden and golf, all of which were a part of her last day. She had a wide circle of friends from her childhood days on through to her association with the USSWGA, of which she was a past president. She took great pleasure in sharing her flowers and “Marnie Bread” with those she loved.

Feel free to celebrate Sally’s life with a shopping spree or a gift to the charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Galilee Episcopal Church, Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach. Following the service there will be a gathering of friends and family at The Princess Anne Country Club. Online condolences may be made to the family at