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Jerry Robert Smith

May 5, 1944 — December 7, 2023

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Jerry Robert Smith

Jerry Robert Smith, a dedicated custodian who retired from Waynesville Middle School after 30 years of faithful service, passed away on December 7, 2023, at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Haywood County. He was born on May 5, 1944, in Haywood County.

Jerry attended Fines Creek High and went on to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. His military service demonstrated his commitment and sense of duty to his country.

Outside of work and military service, Jerry had a variety of interests and hobbies. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and watching wrestling. However, his greatest passion was his family. He cherished spending time with them, particularly watching his son Dawson grow and thrive. Jerry also found solace in listening to gospel music and performing odd jobs.

Jerry is survived by his loving son Dawson Harrell of Waynesville. Additionally, he is survived by his sister Katherine Burke of Waynesville, brother Joseph Smith of Morganton, niece Sue Smith Call, cousins Charles and Brian Teaster, as well as several extended family members. Among those who provided exceptional care and support to Jerry were Michelle and Alondra Harrell.

Jerry's dedication was not limited to his professional life alone. He cared for his parents Vinson and Leona Smith throughout their lives. He is also predeceased by three brothers, James Ray Smith, Billy Smith, and Harold Smith.

To commemorate Jerry's life and honor his memory, a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 12th, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville Chapel.  A visitation will be held an hour prior to services at the funeral home.  Burial will follow with Military Honors at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VFW Post 5202, 216 Miller Street, Waynesville, NC  28786.

Jerry Robert Smith will be remembered as a dedicated custodian who served his community faithfully. His love for his family, his hobbies, and his unwavering commitment to duty will forever be cherished by those who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be deeply missed but fondly remembered as a pillar of strength and compassion.

 

The care of Mr. Smith has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville.

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Past Services

Visitation

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Wells Funeral Home - Waynesville

296 North Main Street, Waynesville, NC 28786

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Wells Funeral Home - Waynesville

296 North Main Street, Waynesville, NC 28786

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Burial

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Garrett - Hillcrest Memorial Park

NC

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