HAMPSTEAD — It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Karen Lynette Smith Brummitt, age 57, of Henderson, on Oct. 14, 2020. She was born in Henderson on Jan. 24, 1963, to Faith V. Smith and James “Pop” Smith. She died at her home in Pender County, in the loving arms of her family. Karen overcame a rare blood disorder she had battled for 15 years. Her strength and perseverance amazed everyone who knew her.
Karen graduated from Northern Vance High School in 1981. She was an avid athlete and played softball and volleyball in church and recreational leagues. Karen began her career at Southern Quilters. Through her hard work and dedication, she earned a promotion to assistant plant manager for Pacific Coast Feather Co. She worked at the companies for 25 years.
Karen was dedicated to her community, friends and family. She was a member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, where she served as the director of the food pantry for many years. She also served as the head coach of the women’s varsity volleyball team at Kerr-Vance Academy and enjoyed coaching Junior Olympics volleyball.
Karen was a rock for her daughter through many difficult years and was proud to watch her graduate with a doctorate degree from Duke University. She loved watching Duke basketball with Jamie and Andrew. She enjoyed reading biographies, murder mysteries, and ghost stories. She inherited her love of quilting from her mother, Faith. Karen never turned away a person in need of her help and gave generously to her church, family and community.
Karen is survived by her loving daughter, Dr. Jamie L. Brummitt and son-in-law Dr. Andrew T. Coates; mother, Faith V. Smith and friend Travis R. Whitley; sister, Donna S. Bradsher, brother-in-law Stoney L. Bradsher, and niece Lori N. Bradsher. She was predeceased by her father, James “Pop” Smith.
A private graveside service by the Rev. Tracy Sexton will be held at Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Henderson. Instead of receiving visitors, the family kindly asks for phone calls of love and support to be directed to Faith Smith and Jamie Brummitt.