Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Rose Uemura Smith

Rose Uemura Smith, 90, of New London passed away Friday, August 30, 2019.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, September 7, 2019 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Brad Garrigues officiating.  Burial will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory.  Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 pm Friday at the funeral home.

Born April 6, 1929 in Kumamoto, Japan, she was the daughter of the late Taketo and Ayako Uemura.  She attended Badin Shores Chapel in New London.  She graduated from Georgetown University and worked for many years as an interior designer in Washington, DC. 

Rose loved the communities of Pinehaven Marina, Badin Shores and her family at Badin Shores Chapel.  She enjoyed collecting dolls and feeding stray cats. Rose was preceded in death by the love of her life Sanford “Smitty” Smith Jr.  She is survived by her sister, Sachiko Inuzuka, brother, Yoshinobu Uemura, and many nieces and nephews.


  • Heather Blalock Posted September 5, 2019 4:23 pm

    She will be missed by her breakfast club friends at McDonald’s on hwy 52. She was a sweet sweet lady. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  • Wanda Smith Posted September 8, 2019 9:49 pm

    Rose and Smitty were dear friends of my husband Ronnie and me. Their passing leaves a void in our lives.

  • Vickie Burrage Posted September 24, 2019 6:23 pm

    Rose was a very dear friend. We all enjoyed going out to eat 3 times a week and continued after Smitty passed. She was an extraordinary person. We had lost touch after we moved to Florida. Would call and check up on her periodically and she would always say she was doing fine. She was a very fi e lady. She joins Smitty and they are dancing with the Angel’s to be back together. Love you Rose

  • Dianne Wood Posted January 17, 2020 6:41 pm

    Rose and Smitty were our Badin Shores neighbors. We miss their presence there very much. They certainly were a sweet couple ❤️.

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