Lolita H. Smith, who was born and raised in Covington, has released “Mz. Leigh Leighz Journal Pages: Living Life with Purpose on Purpose for Life.”
Smith remarked, “I love writing and keeping a journal, and I’ve always wanted to write a book.”
“Mz. Leigh Leighz Journal Pages: Living Life with Purpose on Purpose for Life” is her first book, and she has drawn from her experiences in growing up in Covington to pen the book that chronicles her interactions with family and friends.
“With my parents and my husband deceased, this (book) is a way to honor their memory,” Smith observed.
She continued, “It is also a way of honoring my children and grandchildren.”
Smith is the mother of three daughters, and she has seven grandchildren. Her eldest daughter is Quateyse Hayslett, 39, and she has four children, Sakalia Smith, 21; Zamera Hayslett, 17; Xzavier Hayslett, 15; and Zarnya Hayslett, 12.
Sakoyia Smith, who is 36, is the mother of Jyon Smith, 16 and Tyaija Smith, 14.
Her youngest daughter is Natieya Smith, 32. Her daughter is Lyrica Brown, five.
Lolita’s husband, the late Radford Smith, was born and raised in Covington, and Lolita’s stories about family and the struggles in life that losing one’s parents and husband bring can be purchased by visiting Amazon or Barnes and Noble online.
“Writing the book is also a way of honoring my children and grandchildren,” Lolita noted.
Currently, Lolita is employed by Americare in Clifton Forge as a personal care assistant. She has been employed there for five years.
Prior to her employment with Americare, Lolita worked as an after school program director with the YMCA.
Lolita said, “As people read these stories, I hope they will be inspired by them to stick close to their families.”
She concluded, “I hope my book will be encouraging to other people.”
Lolita has created a “Facebook” page, Lolita Smith, and she expressed hope that those interested in her book will visit to learn more.