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Emma Smith Rodgers, 83

Emma Smith Rodgers, 83, of Columbia, died Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:30 P.M. at the Cumberland County Hospital.

She was born July 16, 1936 in Adair County to the late Bill and Florence Scott Wilson.  She was the widow of Elby “Pig” Smith and L.C. Rodgers, and was preceded in death by a granddaughter, April Rooks.  Emma was a member of Tarter’s Chapel United Methodist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include one daughter Brenda Neat and her husband Ricky of Columbia; one son Donnie “Josh” Smith and his wife Debbie of Columbia; four grandchildren Shelley Smith, Tiffany Smith, Eric Rooks and Isaac Neat; several great grandchildren also survive.

In accordance with Governor Beshear’s recommendations and in compliance with the CDC, the service will be private with burial in Tarter’s Chapel Cemetery.

For anyone who would like to leave a condolence message for the family, please visit Mrs. Rodgers’ obituary on our website ( and we will see that the family receives it.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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