Karen Teresa Sisk Smith, 54, of Morganton, NC died Sunday, January 9, 2011 at her residence following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on January 11, 1956, she was the daughter of the late James Plato Sisk and Virgie McAllister Sisk. As a registered nurse, Karen was devoted to her profession. She was a member of Carswell Memorial Baptist Church.A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Karen is survived by her husband, Cecil Smith of the home; daughters, Miranda S. Gravley and husband, Jeremy, of Kernersville, NC and Ann M. Carswell and husband, Joshua, of Morganton; brothers, James Sisk and wife, Margie, of Gaffney, SC and Leland Sisk and wife, Della, of Garden Grove, CA; a sister, Mary Threadgill and husband, Joe, of Spartanburg, SC; four granddaughters; and two grandsons.The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 14, 2011 at Carswell Memorial Baptist Church with Reverends James Green and Randy Pearman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. Memorial contributions may be made to Carswell Memorial Baptist Church, 3386 Carswell Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.
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