July 20, 1980 - March 19, 2014

CherRhonda Smith-Hollins, 33, of Cypress, wife, mother, daughter, sister and best friend, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

A celebration of her life is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1505 Dansby St., in Bryan, Texas, 77803 with the Dr. Sylvester Smith Jr., officiating, and Dr. C.L. King eulogist. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, with a Wake service from 7 to 8 p.m. at Jones-Washington Mortuary in Bryan.

CherRhonda was born July 20, 1980 in Bryan to the Rev. John and Shirley Smith Sr. She was an active member of Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church where she used her beautiful voice and often soloed a cappella.

CherRhonda was a 1998 graduate of Bryan High School. Education was always important to CherRhonda, in May 2002 she received her B.S. in Agricultural Leadership and in 2004 graduated cum laude receiving her M.Ed., in Agricultural Education, both at Texas A&M University, before earning her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Extension Education in 2009 from Pennsylvania State University where she was a Zeta Phi Beta.

CherRhonda was Director of Engineering Services at Prairie View A&M she was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students.

Always smiling, CherRhonda was an easy going, fun loving, compassionate and caring person, who loved spending time with her family. Her deepest belief that “LOVE conquers all” was exactly how she lived. She loved deeply, touching the hearts of countless people throughout her life.

Her grandparents preceded her in death.

CherRhonda leaves behind the love of her life, Reginald Hollins of Cypress, Texas; children, Camryn and Caitlyn; parents, Rev. John and Shirley Smith Sr. of Bryan; brother, John Smith Jr., and wife, Latoya, and their son, John Smith III; father-in-law, Henry and wife, Eva Hollins, of Maumelle, Ark.; mother-in-law, Louise Jones, of N. Little Rock, Ark; sister-in-law, Tamara Hollins, of Aston, Penn.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.

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