Alice Smith, longtime resident of East Hampton and Sag Harbor, passed away peacefully at East End Hospice’s Kanas Center in Quiogue, NY, on February 17, 2019, at the age of 78.
Alice was mother to two sons, James Jenkins and Nathaniel Smith, both of whom pre-deceased her, as did her brother, Hezekiah Hugie. She will be lovingly remembered by her siblings Herman Hugie, Gloria Jerido, and Albert Hugie Jr., as well as half-brother Herman Lee, grandchildren Leshawne Rumph, Javonda Lamison, Eboni Smith and Nathaniel Smith, great-grandchildren Steven, Shawn and Schyler Thompson, Taylor Lamison, Edward Wyche Jr., Daja Scarlato, and Natalie and Kemilia Smith, and new great-great-grandchild, Noah Lion Wintjen, along with countless nieces, nephews and cousins.
Born Mary Alice Hugie on September 19th, 1940, in Walterboro, South Carolina, Alice was the second child of Albert Hugie Sr. and Evelyna H. Geiger. She attended Walterboro High School.
Alice relocated to Long Island in the mid 1950s. While training as a nursing aide at Southampton Hospital, she worked for Grammy Award-winning folk-singer/songwriter Tom Paxton and his wife, Midge, helping to care for their daughters, Jennifer and Kate, and also for actress Bea Arthur. Alice provided compassionate home care for a number of East End residents, including John and Judith Lane Rand, and Irving and Christine Goddard. In 1996, she began working for Stephen Hamilton and Emma Walton Hamilton, founders of Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, assisting in the care of their children, Sam and Hope. She remained with the family for twenty years.
Alice was a devoted Church Mother of the First Church of God in Christ in Bridgehampton. She and her family members helped construct the church as it is today, and she regularly taught Sunday School there. Whether known as “Mother Smith,” “Sister Alice,” “Nana,” or “Ahwee,” Alice was beloved by all who knew her, and will be remembered for her singular smile, as well as her remarkable strength, generosity and humor.
Viewing will take place at the First Church of God in Christ on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton at 11 AM on Saturday, February 23rd, with the funeral service to follow at 12 noon. Donations in Alice’s memory may be made to the First Church of God in Christ, 463 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932.