Mary Smith Ensley, 74, of Cherokee, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019. A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of the late Edgar Allen and Geneva Johnson Smith. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Edgarita Smith Ensley and her husband Charlie Ensley, and one brother, Ray Smith.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Paul Ensley Sr.; one daughter, Tawania Ensley (Tracy); and one son, Paul Ensley Jr., both of Cherokee; four grandchildren, Christian Ensley, Shannon Albert, Jalyn Albert and Ayla Ross; and two great-grandchildren, Paisley Ensley and Christoph Ensley. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mary owned and operated her family business for 50-plus years, and most recently Paul’s Family Restaurant. She was also a Licensed Practical Nurse working in various healthcare facilities.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Wrights Creek Baptist Church. Revs. Eddie Sherrill and James (Bo) Parris officiated with burial at Wrights Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family received friends from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Church.

Pallbearers were her grandsons and nephews.