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Sabrina Tianna Smith-Epley

Sabrina Tianna Smith-Epley, passed away suddenly on January 15, 2015 in her home at the age of 37.

Sabrina is survived by her husband Robert Steven Epley; her daughter Whitney Cassandra Smith; her mother, Claudine Smith, of Lenoir; her brothers Todd and Scott Triplett, both of Lenoir; 2 nieces; 2 great nieces; and 1 great nephew. She was predeceased by her father, Vernon Smith and grandmother, Grandma Smith.

Sabrina was born on August 10, 1977 to Claudine Andrews and Vernon Smith; growing up in Lenoir, NC. She was an East Carolina Teaching Fellow and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1999. On June 7, 2003, she married Steve, her best friend. As a Principal Fellow, she earned her Master’s Degree in School Administration in May of 2013, also from ECU. During her 13 year education career she taught at Gamewell Elementary in Caldwell County, Polenta Elementary, McGee’s Crossroads Elementary, and internship at West Clayton Elementary in Johnston County. Sabrina was an assistant principal at New Hope Elementary school in Wilson, NC.

Sabrina was devoted to her family and generous with her friends. She was passionate about education and has touched the lives of many students, parents, and colleagues. Her exuberance for teaching was only matched by her feelings for her beloved East Carolina Pirates. Sabrina approached everything she did with diligence and persistence. There was not a task or problem she could not solve. She will be missed greatly by her family, friends, and all who knew her.

Raleigh funeral service will be held at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in the McLaurin Funeral Home Chapel, 12830 US HWY 70 Business West, Clayton, NC 27520. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 19, 2015 from 6-9 PM at McLaurin Funeral Home. Lenoir funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Pisgah Baptist Church, 2665 Pisgah Church Road, Lenoir, NC 2845. The family will receive friends starting at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whitney Smith’s college fund online at under the Save (NC 529) account number 540493985-001.

Online condolences may be made to the family at All arrangements are with McLaurin Funeral Home.