Continuing The Celebration For

Theda Virginia Joseph

Sunrise: April 4, 1946 – Sunset: December 2, 2021

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Life’s Journey

Who was Granny

Theda Virginia Smith was 1 of 12 children born to Eddie and Annie Mae Smith in Bellville, Texas, on April 4th 1946. In 1948 her family moved to Houston, Tx.

Upon moving to Houston, the family united with Greater Hope Missionary Baptist Church. She later united with El Bethel Baptist Church under the Pastoral Leadership of Reverend Rugley Monroe, where she was a devoted member until her health began to fail. She also regularly attended New Covenant Tabernacle under watch care under the Pastoral Leadership of Akin Bandele.

Theda received her formal education in Houston Independent School district and was a graduate of Booker T Washington High School. She also attended business college where she acquired various office skills.

Prior to her retirement, she was a loyal employee for 26 years of M.D. Anderson Hospital where she was a medical transcriptionist.

In July 1967, she was united in holy matrimony to her high school sweetheart, Victor Rufus Joseph III and God blessed this union with two beautiful daughters Victoria Renee and Marsha Pleshette.

Theda Virginia Joseph is preceded in death by her parents Eddie and Annie Mae Smith, daughter Victoria Renee Joseph, siblings: Matilda Clemons, Atheline Monroe, Teautha Frazier, Willie Mae Williams, Louisa Grey, Eddie Smith Jr, Robert Smith, Evine Smith, Herbert Smith and Lonie Smith.

The love Theda brought to so many will long be cherished by her family and friends. Left to honor and cherish precious memories of a life well-lived are daughter Dr. Marsha Pleshette Heard (Gregory), step children Nichelle Douglas (Melvin), Kevin Jackson (Mary), beloved sister: Gracie Bessard (Milton), five grandchildren: Jim Drew Bailey III AKA Jimmy, Derrick Hopes Jr (Oshole), Dijon Hopes, Myah Hopes, Gerald Vaughn three great-grandchildren: Arian Smith, Aiden Hopes and Abel Hopes and a host of nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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