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Brenda Lee Smith DeVore was born into this earthly world on February 20, 1943 to the late Alvin Joseph and Dovado O'Lillian Gordon Smith. During the Heavenly Roll Call on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 5:00 a.m., God called Brenda's name, while answering; she entered into her eternal home. Her grandfather, the late Reverend Wilbert Tross Sr. baptized her at an early age, at New Hope Baptist Church. She attended John McDonogh #27 for the beginning of her education and finished it at Lord B. Landry Senior High School. She was married to the late Lloyd H. DeVore for 59 years. To that union a son was born, Byron K. DeVore. She later became a tailor for D. H. Holmes Department Store. Brenda joined and became a dutiful member of Thompson Temple Church of God In Christ, where she loved to attend Prayer service, Bible study and Sunday church services. Brenda leaves to cherish her memories; her one and only son, Bryon Keith DeVore Sr., her daughter-in-law, Anastasia "Staci" Francis, one grandson, Byron Keith DeVore Jr., and one great grandson, Zion Xavier DeVore, three brothers Melculum(Gloria) Smith, Ronald( Annette) Smith, and Darrell Smith; one sister Fay Smith Peacock; Aunts and Uncles, Shirley T. Jones, Shahidah T. Nuriddin, Barbara G.Tross, Mamie Tross, Leola McBride, Ruth Verlyn T.(Curtis) Davis, Doris Ann T.(Eugene) Vance, and Herbert Cole, brothers-n-law; John(Agatha) DeVore, Donald(Joyce), and Kenneth(Elouise) DeVore Sr., sisters-in-law, Rita D. Johnson, Leola D. Harrison, and Barbara D. Henderson. She also leaves to cherish, devoted friend Ferry Singleton, neighbors, Gladys Riggins, Tyrone Armstrong, and Erica and Harry Hall and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Alvin J. and Dovado G. Smith, her husband, Lloyd H. DeVore and two grandsons, Bryan Keith and Devery Keith DeVore.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to a Funeral Service on Friday, July 10, 2020 at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1020 Virgil St. Gretna, LA 70053 at 1:00pm. Visitation will begin at 12:30pm. Interment: New Hope Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, attendance is limited and please follow social distancing guidelines and a mask is required to attend service. Arrangements by D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 1020 Virgil St. Gretna, LA 70053.