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Margaret Marie (Smith) Brower

November 27, 1934 ~ May 12, 2020 (age 85)


Margaret Marie Smith Brower, 85, passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on May 12, 2020.  She was born in the Trinity area of Randolph County on November 27, 1934, to Florence Hill Smith and Luther Ray Smith, who preceded her in death.  She spent most of her life in Randolph County, with periods of residency in Peachtree City, Georgia and Greensboro, and most recently at Piedmont Crossing in Thomasville. Margaret graduated from Trinity High School in 1953, and from East Carolina College in 1957 with a B.S. degree in Home Economics.  She taught kindergarten at Sedgefield Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, and retired from Randolph County Schools in 2005 after serving as an interpreter for the hearing impaired for 25 years.

Nothing was more important to Margaret than her faith, and she served many roles at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, including teaching Sunday school, hosting UMW events, helping with bible school, and serving on numerous committees.  When neighboring Mount Zion United Methodist Church needed a pianist, she began playing for them, and would leave their service every Sunday just in time to attend the regular service at Pleasant Hill. She will be remembered for her upbeat attitude and constant smile, and for never having met a stranger.  She enjoyed playing and teaching piano, and delighted in hosting dinners and celebrations for family and friends.  Her welcome mat was always out she made her home feel like a second home to anyone who ever stopped by.  She was a prolific writer, and wrote many poems, stories, and programs.  She influenced many young lives as the founder and director of the Flag  Corps and Rifle Line at Trinity High School from 1972 until the late 80s. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Harold Watson Brower, and a brother, William L. (Bill) Smith, Sr. 

She is survived by sons Ben Brower and wife Carol of Spring Hill, Florida, Dan Brower and wife Nancy of Huntersville, and daughter Cindy Davis and husband Jeff of Thomasville.  Also surviving are six very beloved grandchildren, Stephanie Brower, Matthew Brower, Chris Brower, Allison Brower, Dana Brower, and Jason Davis.  Other surviving family members are sister Carrie Ellington, Philip Smith (Arnisia), and Carl Smith (Rae Nell), all of Trinity, and many cherished nephews, nieces, cousins and their families.


On Thursday, May 14, 2020 Mrs. Brower will lie in state at the JC Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A private graveside service will be held at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Carter Ferguson officiating.

The family would like to thank the staff at Piedmont Crossing for their loving care and devotion to Margaret, with particular thanks to Nancy Darr of Home Instead and Carrie Ellington, who were so thoughtful, kind, and attentive during Margaret’s last years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church (2136 Kennedy Farm Road North, Thomasville, NC 27360 or the Margaret Smith Brower Music Scholarship fund at (Mt. Zion UMC, PO Box 945, Trinity, NC 27370. Online Condolences may be sent to the family at  

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