Obituary of Rachel Darden Smith Hatch

Contributed by Jeanette Corcoran

Transcribed by Katherine Ricker

Rachel Darden Smith Hatch obit


Pink Hill—Rachel Darden Smith Hatch, 46, died Thursday afternoon in an 
accident that also took the life of her mother-in-law, Lois H. Hatch of Pink 
Hill, and her sister-in-law, Bettye H. Whaley of Beulaville.  She was 
proceeded in death by her parents, John Cameron and Ruby Spence Smith, 
and sister, Betty Smith Turner.  Mrs. Hatch was a member of the Pink Hill 
United Methodist Church, a Sunday School teacher, a member of the choir 
and Young Methodist Women.  She was a graduate of East Duplin High 
School and Campbell University, and had taught school at Garner, Kenansville, 
and many years at B. F. Grady Elementary School.  Funeral services will be 
held at 2 p.m. Sunday from the chapel of Pink Hill Funeral Home with the Rev. 
John Andrews officiating.  Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Memorial Park.  
Survivors include her husband, James “Mike” Hatch, daughter, Melanie Jo Hatch, 
and son, James Michael Hatch, Jr., all of the home; sisters, Shelby Jean Smith 
of Kinston, and Gracie Smith of Pink Hill; sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and 
Dovelle Outlaw of Albertson, and Alice and D.I. Scott of Pink Hill, a brother and 
sister-in-law, John and Bobbie Smith of Pink Hill.  The family will receive friends 
from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Pink Hill Funeral Home, and other times at the home, 
241 East N.C. 11, Pink Hill.  Memorial gifts may be made to the Pink Hill United 
Methodist Church, P.O. Box 25, Pink Hill, NC 28572, or to B. F. Grady 
Elementary School, 2591 North NC 11 & 903, Albertson, NC 28508.  (Pd. Obit)

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