Virginia Smith Sides, 98, resident of The Presbyterian Home of Clinton, SC passed away Monday April 24, 2023 at The Presbyterian Home.
Born in Fairview, NC she was a daughter of the late Daniel Alexander Smith and Ruby Ellen Brooks Smith.
Virginia Sides lived a full and varied life: at six feet tall, she was a standout women’s basketball player in high school, and played semi-professional ball for a short period of time after graduation. She was a runner up to Miss Monroe (NC) in the early 1940s.
During World War II, she worked in Civil Service in Daytona Beach, FL and Bridgeport, CT, where she was a gauge inspector for B-17 and B-29 bombers.
After raising her children, she worked at Limestone College (Gaffney, SC), the Gaffney Public Library, and as Children’s Librarian at Greenwood Public Library. She was a loyal and active member of Abbeville Presbyterian Church during her and Rev. Sides stay here.
Survivors include: two sons Charles Hobart (Bart) Sides (Nancy) of Westminster, MA and Daniel (Danny) Howard Sides (Amanda) of Taylors; grandchildren Adoniram Bartlett Sides of Warwick, RI, Hannah Ellington Sides Kazimir of New York City, Jennifer Sides of Myrtle Beach, SC and Jonathan Sides of Taylors; three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted Friday April 28, 2023 at 2:00 PM in Long Cane Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Bob Todd officiating.
The family will receive friends at the graveside.
Memorials in memory of Virginia may be made to The Presbyterian Home of Clinton, SC 801 Musgrove St. Clinton, SC 29325.
Online condolences may be made to the Sides family by visiting www.chandlerjacksonfh.com
The Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Sides family.