Diane H. Smith-Bass was born Feb. 23, 1953, in Cleveland, to the late Irene Smith and Marshall Bowerman. She died Sunday, Nov.. 11, 2018.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her aunts, Arlena Smith, Evelyn Neal, and Margaret Dunn; and her brother, Gale Smith.
She was a member of the Church of God Sanctified. She was a graduate of College Hill School, Class of 1971, and retired from Maytag Corporation in 2001.
Diane loved listening to soul music and talking late night with her friends on the phone. Her favorite color was purple, and her favorite pastime was spent watching gospel television. She had an amazing memory and was quick to recollect most any information from her past. Spending time with her grandchildren brought her the greatest joy.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her daughter, Octavia (David Jr.) Ware; her son, James Wooden; brothers, Lewis Smith, Stephen (Susa) Smith, and Freddie (Lynn) Smith; grandchildren, James Wooden, Jamika Wooden, Tyriece Wells, Arianna Wooden, Jasaun Wooden, DaJour Ware, Nyia Ware; great-grandchildren, Laken Willis, and JaMyrah Wooden; niece, Patricia Pugh Cook; special cousins, Andrea Smith and Byron Dunn; her closest friends, Cheryl Slaughter, Latisha Cates, Sandra Bass, Sharon Piersaul, Georgia Mae Nalory; and many other relatives and friends.
The body may be viewed Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., at the Patton Funeral Home Chapel, 265 Fair St.
The family will receive friends Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Church of God Sanctified, 746 1st Street, Cleveland, TN. 37311.
The service will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday with Pastor Rodney Dunn as officiant, and Bishop Dr. Guilford R. Hill as eulogist. Interment to follow at the Fort Hill Cemetery.
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