Candace May (Black) Smith
Updated: Jul 26, 2021
Candace May (Black) Smith, known to all
as Candy, (74) completed her physical
journey on June 28, 2021 at home, her
children by her side. Born on June 7,
1947 in Northampton, MA, she was the
youngest child of Lewis and Vivian
(Williams) Black. She was raised in
Williamsburg, MA and graduated from
Burgy High in 1965. She studied at
Cambridge School of Business in
Boston, lived in Miami, Washington DC
and started her own family with her
husband Carl in Dale City, VA throughout
the 1970’s. She returned with her family
to Williamsburg in 1982 where their
home ‘Greyledge’ was built on Black
family land at the top of the hill.
She was a social butterfly, a volunteer extraordinaire and a lover of crafts, especially fond of quilting and crocheting. She would go to great lengths to keep anything from interrupting her weekly craft group. Many have shared that she was the first person to welcome them to Williamsburg as she made it a point to make people feel comfortable in the town that she so dearly loved. Maybe you encountered her witty sense of humor, her generosity and no doubt she remembered your birthday and quite possibly your phone number.
She will be greatly missed by her family and also by the many communities in which she was involved. She was the backbone of the Williamsburg Grange. A 60 year member holding the office of President for three decades and also actively involved in Pomona and State Grange events. She was a devoted member of the First Congregational Church of Williamsburg offering her support in a multitude of ways over the course of her lifetime. She was well known in the Williamsburg Historical Society, Williamsburg Senior Center, throughout the Town of Williamsburg and beyond.
She was predeceased by her parents, her siblings, Marilyn, Sondra, Ralmon and Dan, and her husband of 50 years, Carl. She was the mother of Shannon (George) Wade, Shane (Christy) Smith and Shad (Tabby) Smith and Meme to Eric, Dan, Levi, Tanner, Mekiah and Harper. To some she was your aunt or cousin and to all, she was your friend.
A memorial gathering for the community will be held August 7, 2021 at 1pm at the First Congregational Church of Williamsburg, 4 N. Main St., Williamsburg, MA. Additionally, she will be honored at the monthly Williamsburg Grange meeting later that same day at 6pm. Both are open to all who wish to attend. Williamsburg Funeral Home was entrusted with her cremation.
If moved to make a donation, please consider the Williamsburg Grange #225 ℅ Sue Snow, 36 Old Goshen Rd, Williamsburg, MA 01096 or another organization that connects you to Candy.