Marie Hicks Smoak
1934 - 2021
James A. McAlister Funerals & Cremation
1620 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC
Marie Hicks Smoak Charleston - Marie Hicks Smoak, 87, of Charleston and Sullivan's Island, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, September 15, 2021. A private burial was held at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston. Marie was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1934. She was the daughter of the late Myrtis Electra Scott and James Allan Hicks. She graduated from Ashley Hall School and earned a Bachelor's degree in English from the College of Charleston. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Marie was a journalist for the News and Courier and the Charleston Evening Post. She later married Norwood Ladson Smoak, who preceded her in death. They were married for 57 years. 'Rere', as she was called by her grandchildren, will be greatly missed. She had the best smile and a quick wit. She was a bridge player and an avid reader, especially of her beloved newspapers. In the 1970s, she owned The Wicker Shop located on Church Street. She leaves behind her daughters, Lucia Smoak Boinest (Alex) and Caroline Smoak Keller (Michael Klein), her grandchildren, Caroline Marie Boinest, Lucy Allan Boinest, Ladson Alexander Boinest, and Benjamin Norwood Klein. She is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Sarah Caroline Klein. Arrangements by James A. McAlister Funerals & Cremation, (843) 766-1365. Visit our guestbook at

Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Sep. 18 to Sep. 19, 2021.
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What a lovely woman. Mrs. Smoak and the "Old Man" will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Lee Clark
September 19, 2021
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