Jewell Kees Smith
Pastor's Wife, Musician
Jewell Kees Smith, 94, a pastor's wife, musician and substitute teacher, died of coronary artery disease June 26 at Goodwin House West in Falls Church, where she lived.
Mrs. Smith worked alongside her husband, the Rev. Alva Lincoln Smith, at a number of Baptist churches where he was pastor. She was the organist and a Sunday school teacher. She also taught piano and tutored high school math at home.
Born in Pineville, La., she graduated from Louisiana College in Pineville. While attending college, she worked as a bookkeeper, a secretary, a pastor's assistant and a piano teacher.
She married in 1935, and the couple moved to the Washington area in the late 1930s. She worked for Rep. Asa Leonard Allen (D-La.) until her first child was born and then added family duties to assisting her husband at National Baptist Memorial Church in Washington and later at Congress Heights Baptist Church. They moved to Alexandria in 1961 to minister at Groveton Baptist Church and in 1972 to Lake Ridge Baptist Church in Woodbridge.
She also was a frequent substitute teacher at Hart Junior High School in Washington, Groveton High School in Fairfax County and Woodbridge High School. At Woodbridge, she taught math, English and music, working well into her eighties.
Mrs. Smith played organ at the Goodwin House chapel as well as substituting at other churches. She enjoyed singing in the Joy Singers Choir at Columbia Baptist Church, as well as jet-skiing, tubing and fishing at her sons' cabins at Lake Anna, Va.
In 1983, she was chosen as distinguished alumna of Louisiana College.
Her husband died in 1980.
Survivors include two sons, Richard F. Smith of Vienna and David K. Smith of Fairfax; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.