Carol Lendora Smith Mallette

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Carol Smith Mallette transitioned from labor to eternal rest on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Carol was born on August 10, 1951 in Kingstown, Rhode Island to the late Earl Louis Smith and Bertha Imogene Smith. Soon after she was born, the family relocated to Greensboro, NC. Carol graduated from James Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC in 1969 with honors. She remained in Greensboro and earned her Bachelor of Science in Office Administration from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T) in 1973.

Carol met David Mallette, Jr. in 1969, while attending A&T. David would later become her best friend, college sweetheart, and they united in marriage on August 18, 1973. To this union was born David III, Jenelle and Michele. This union was also blessed with David’s eldest son, James Calloway. Their most favorite traditions were attending A&T Homecomings, date nights, family vacations, birthday gatherings, and family reunions.

Carol worked as an Office Administrator for over 30 years. She began her career working for Civil Rights Attorney J. Kenneth Lee as an intern in 1969. Carol subsequently worked at the YWCA as an Administrative Assistant, Home Federal Bank as an Insurance and Tax Clerk, Raleigh Savings and Loan as an Insurance and Tax Pay Clerk, J.E. Sirrine Engineers as an Information and Word Processing Manager, Moore, Liggett and Ragsdale Law Firm, Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau as an Administrative Assistant, and finally retired as an Executive Assistant from the City of Raleigh Arts Commission in 2013.

Carol grew up worshiping with her mother and father at United Institutional Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. She sang in the youth choir and attended Sunday School and Vacation Bible School regularly. As an adult and devoted wife, she worshiped with her family at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. There, she was an active member and served on the Episcopal Church Women's group and Hospitality Committee. She modeled her faith by taking her children to Sunday School and church services regularly.

Carol was very active in the community, whether serving as a member in the PTA / PTSA at her children’s schools, supporting the local Girl Scouts, becoming a member of the Raleigh Chapter of Guys and Dolls (of which her mother-in-law chartered), member of the Raleigh Alumni Chapter NC A & T State University and finally, Carol was initiated into the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in Spring 1992. She served faithfully on Delta Carousel, the Educational Development and was a member of the Minerva Circle. She was a devoted servant of the Membership Services, Arts and Letters, and the Program, Planning and Development Committees. She was proud to extend the Delta legacy to her daughter Michele Mallette who was also initiated into Raleigh Alumnae in Spring 2010.

Carol leaves a legacy of love to her “Honey,” of 45 years, David, Jr.; her beautiful children, David, III (Angela), Jenelle (Jerry), and Michele; stepson, James Calloway, all of whom were her pride and joy; her grandchildren, whom she adored and lovingly referred to as her “boo boos,” David L. Mallette, IV, Jordyn M. Hanes, Michael N. Mallette, Joy M. Hanes, and Jerry L. Hanes, III. Family was very important to Carol, and she leaves them with many cherished and precious memories that will last a lifetime. Also mourning her loss are; her siblings, Earla Dorsett, Earl Louis, II, Margelyn Massey (Paul); her Mallette family, Dr. Julius and Sharon Mallette, Harold and Andraedese Mallette; nieces and nephews, Tia Dorsett, Brandi Dorsett, Earl Louis Smith, III, Brandon Smith, Joshua Massey, Paul Massey, Jr., Quisha Mallette, Quintin Mallette, Hershey Mallette Stevens (Robert), Harolyn Mallette Coplin (Michael), Harold Mallette, and Heath Mallette; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Haywood Funeral Home, 2415 Wilmington Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603. The family will hold visitation on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 813 Darby Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27610, followed by the funeral at 12 noon at St. Ambrose. Repast will be held at the church following the burial at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.