Sonya Latasha Grant Smith, the daughter of the late Herbert Lee Grant and Mary M. Dukes Washington, was born July 18,1963, in Walterboro, South Carolina. She entered into eternal rest on September 1, 2021, at the Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro, South Carolina.
The youngest of eleven children, she received her formal education in the schools of Colleton County and graduated from Walterboro High School in 1981. Her desire to advance in her career and life, prompted her to further her studies and in 1998, she graduated from Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College Truck Driving Program.
For more than twenty-two years, Sonya was employed with the South Carolina Department of Transportation where she was recognized many times for her outstanding job performance.
Sonya was a former member of Wesley United Methodist and later moved her membership to Friendship Liberty Ministries under the Leadership of Reverend Keith Stevens and Elder James Green. She was a dedicated member of the finance committee and head chef of the culinary department.
She was a lover of people, especially children, and loved traveling with her friends. Much of her community involvement centered on athletics. For more than eight years, she served as the head concessions operator for the Colleton County Youth Travel Football and Cheerleaders League. Sonya loved playing softball with the ladies Saints Softball Team. She was a dedicated player until she was injured.
Sonya met the love of her life, James Smith. They were married on July 21, 2001. They enjoyed attending the many extracurricular activities that Sonya participated in.
She was preceded in death by four of her much-loved siblings, Cynthia Charity, Clifford Grant, Ronald Washington, and James Washington; one brother-in-law, Rufus Siders; one niece, Kimberly K. Grant, one nephew, Saa’id “Keem” Robertson; and one granddaughter, Ja'Keisha Stevens.
Sonya leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, James Smith; her biological children, her loving and caring daughter, Donna Samone Grant; her sons, Shaun Grant (Shakerra), and Kevin Grant; two children reared as her own in the home, Lester "Booboy" Robertson, III, (Antanasia), and Shadeara Henderson (Christhea); her blended children, Demetrius Smith, Carin Smith-Sanders (Brandon), Cherise Smith, Demario Smith, Ivory Smith, De Angelo Smith, Jessica Smith, and Darrin Smith; five sisters, Annie Mae Siders, Pernelle Jayanti Washington, Pamala A. White (James), Harriet L. Washington, and Rosemary Grant Robertson (Lester); one brother, Johnny L. Washington and Timothy Lee Washington, reared by her mother in the home as a son; fourteen grandchildren, Dashaun Rhodes, Ja'carre Stevens, Donovan "DJ" Grant, Jabari Grant, Daquan Grant, Thurston "TJ" Grant, Kayden Grant, Deon Mathis, Jr., Shaunnell Grant, Jamya Grant, Ja'meisha Stevens, Kristy Washington, Pashense Grant, and Novah Robertson; one great grandchild, Kaniyla Rhodes; a special niece and best friend, Elizabeth Siders Brown, and Lakeshia Moultrie who affectionately aided in her healthcare with love; friends who were dear to her, Mamie Ferguson, Mary Pryor-Saint Fleur, Eva Cohen, Diane McNeil, Glenda Miller Taylor, Eunice Koger, Julie Siders Singleton, and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives,
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