About Aunt Hat

Mrs. Harriet Edwards Smith, affectionately known as “Aunt Hat”, daughter of the
late Thomas Jefferson Edwards, Sr. and Buena Vista Edwards was born November
16, 1920 in Henrico County, VA. She passed peacefully on February 18, 2024
at Trinity Glenn Skilled Nursing Facility. She was 103 years old.
She graduated from Virginia Randolph High School and attended Virginia Union
University in Richmond, VA. In her early 20’s, Harriet moved to New York City to
follow her brother, Tommy Edwards who was beginning his singing career that
resulted in the gold record recording “It’s All in the Game”.
Harriet blossomed in New York City as she honed her skills as a seamstress,
alterations expert, artist and songwriter. She received an associate degree from
New York University where she gained additional skills in layout and design
leading to employment as a commercial artist.
In 1972, when she was in her early 50’s, her entrepreneurial life began when she
started designing, distributing/selling her own collection of African American
greeting cards. In fact, several of the original cards were displayed at First Baptist
Church’s inaugural Art Exhibit on November 13, 2022.
Harriet relocated to Winston-Salem, NC in 1991 to be close to family. She was an
active member of First Baptist Church on Highland Ave., where she participated in
Sunday School and the Senior Adult Ministry. Being self-employed, she used her
expertise in clothing alterations to provide services for Smith Dry Cleaners, Elise
Marie Boutique and for clients in her home. She was 86 years old when she
Through her active life, she enjoyed church, all forms of art, sewing, cooking,
playing bridge and pinochle, reading, word puzzles, politics and socializing. Her
favorite expressed thought was “To GOD Be the Glory”.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings Buena E.
Peace, Jessie L. Edwards, Elizabeth E. Thomas, Thomas J. Edwards, Jr. and
Nathaniel Edwards.
She is survived by nephews and nieces, Lloyd T. Peace (Gabrielle) of Tokyo
Japan/Fort Washington, MD, Janet P. Wheeler (Harden) of Winston-Salem, NC,
Mark A. Thomas, Jr. of Bristow, VA, Allen Thomas (Sharon), Geralene Freeman
(James) of Nokesville, VA; great nephews and great nieces, Godson Lloyd T.
Peace, Jr. (Terumi) of Tokyo Japan, Renee P. Carr (Anthony) of Upper Marlboro,
MD, and James T. Freeman, Jr. of Nokesville, VA.; and several other relatives and
many friends.