February 5, 1969 ~ June 8, 2019

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Daryl Lee Smart, 50, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

He was born on February 5, 1969, in Buncombe Co. Daryl was a son of Barbara Dorsey Smart and of the late Freddie Joseph Smart, who passed away February 2016.

In addition to his mother, Daryl is survived by his sister, Tamara Brown (Chris); brother, Davey Smart (Shannon); son, Jordan Smart (Bethany); grandson, Cooper Smart; niece, Sydnee Brown; and nephew, Nathaniel Brown.

Daryl was the owner of Smarts Recovery. He was a 1987 graduate of Clyde A. Erwin High School. He loved spending time with his family and many friends. His greatest joy in life was his time spent with Nathaniel, Sydnee, and Cooper. He also enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time at the lake. Daryl was known for his wonderful personality and will always be remembered for his one of a kind laugh that would truly brighten your soul.

The funeral service for Daryl will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home. The Revs. Keith Watkins, Tom Dorsey and Jon Dorsey will officiate. Interment will follow at New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.

His family will receive friends on Tuesday evening at the funeral home from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.


Visitation: June 11, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Service: June 12, 2019 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: June 12, 2019 12:00 pm

New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery
Olivette Road
Asheville, NC 28804


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. I have.never had a best friend never really wanted one and one day Daryl Smart if ever a best friend he is it my best friend and buddy, I would have done anything for this man. RIP to my best friend.

  2. Where do I begin… You were such a good friend to me. All the laughs we shared. Never forget the day I came home from work & had about 5 voting signs stuck in my front yard. I knew you had been there. All the memories from high school to the memories on the jet ski at the lake. You will forever remain in my heart. All the talks we shared about God and church and how important Jesus was to you. I will see you again my sweet friend❤️ Thank you for all the fun times we shared and for being a wonderful friend.

  3. Barbara and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief. May God Hold you in his arms and keep you strong. Joe and Linda Scorsone.

  4. Prayers for the family. I went to High School with Daryl and his brother Davey. Rest in Peace Daryl you are woth the sngels now.

  5. Words can’t express how sorry I am for your loss. Daryl was a loving special man. My prayers and condolences are with your family.

  6. Our paths crossed many times throughout the years and you always had a smile and a handshake for me. Will miss seeing that smile. Rest in peace brother.

  7. Daryl you will be missed my friend you always had a smile for every one from doing recovery work to working at ghost town Harley Davidson. RIP my friend until we meet again. Prayers for all the Smart family.

  8. Our hearts are heavy due to the loss of our friend. Mr Smart was a good man and he was always good to us. Sorry for your loss. RIP Mr Smart

  9. May you rest in peace while you were here you made so many people happy. To Barbara and her family our condolences to you and may the Lord lift you up in peace

  10. You were always kind to me every since I transferred to Erwin district. You will be greatly missed. Until we ride again. Fly high my brother.

  11. My heart goes out to you, Barbara, and your precious family. I’ve not stopped praying for you since I heard the news. I know how much your family has meant to you and I’m so sorry about your Daryl. May God grace you with His peace and comfort.

  12. Barbara, Davey & family

    Daryl has been a part of the LeTan family for many years. Myself, my father, my family & the staff are speechless upon hearing the news about Daryl. Our hearts break for you & the family. Daryl was a humble, gentle giant that no matter how bad of a day you were having, he had you laughing and smiling again. He never met a stranger and would find the good in anyone. He would give you the shirt off his back and give you the last dollar in his pocket. May the Lord bless you with comfort & peace during this time. God Bless you

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss, may the lord wrap
    his arms around you and comfort you as only he can.

  14. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. May God bless you and give you peace in the days to come. Anna Greenway and Larry Greenway.

  15. So sorry to hear about this great loss . Heaven gained another beautiful Angel. Prayers and peace for the remaining family members.

  16. So hard to believe your gone my friend!
    Thank you for your Friendship, kindness and support of my music all these years… Rest easy knowing how much you were loved. ❤️❤️

  17. I have known Darryl for many years. I met Darryl at School in 1984. We had some fun times together back in the day. He always had a big smile on his face. With Darryl you never knew what was going to happen next. He loved to have a great time no matter where he was at. Our family will be praying for Your family. May The Lord Comfort You In This Time Of Need.

  18. My heart is shattered into millions of pieces, can not believe that you are not here with us. My thoughts and prayers and love too your momma and Davey and your family. You were one of kind. Fly high my friend until we meet again.

  19. Ruthie & I were so sorry to hear of Daryl’s passing. Keeping all Daryl’s family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Robbie & Ruthie Dempsey

  20. Daryl was one special guy. He always had a smile for everyone and willing to help anyone in need. Praying for everyone.

  21. Barbara I was so shocked and saddened by Daryl’s passing. May God be with you and guide you through these trying times. Words alone cannot help lessen the pain but faith in God can guide you.

  22. Barbara just want you to know how sorry
    about the passing of Daryl. I use to work with you many years ago at RDR
    I can remember you speaking about your children often. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you and Davey and the rest of his family. Watched them race many times. I can honestly say I know how you feel. May God wrap all of you with his loving arms and give you peace within…
    Thinking and praying for this whole family at this sad time. Keep your chins up. His love forever will be in your hearts

  23. Wow oh wow Barbara, waking up Saturday Morning to hearing about Darly, He was one of a kind, always had a smile, and a hug. Sweet, sweet boy. May God hold You in his arms thru the up coming days. Him, and Freddy is rejoicing. Bless You and Family. God makes no mistakes, he life here was done. He will always be remembered, never forgotten. Take Care.

  24. Your family has been in my thoughts & prayers & will continue in the days to come.
    With my deepest sympathies,
    Kelley Parham Brunelle

  25. No words will or could express the heart ache, devastation, and loss to not only to Daryls family but to all of us who knew him. Nothing ever prepares us EVER to lose our loved ones. The only thing that gives me any peace and comfort and I pray it does for Ms. Barbara, Davey and all Daryls immediate family is the comfort and peace and reassurance that we showed him friendship and love. And that us too will see him again ,along with all those gone on before us. Its like a sick, twisted dream we all want to wake up from but unfortunately its our reality. I ask God to send his mighty comforter to his mother and his immediate family and to all of us , his extended family. Glad even though he never told me back that night at The Social , im just so so thankful I told them both “I LOVE YOU” . My love and prayers are with Ms. Barbara, Davey, his son , grandson and his family.

  26. Barbara and Family: I am so sorry to hear of Daryl’s passing. May God comfort each of you and give you peace. Cherish the sweet memories until you meet again.

  27. I’ve known Daryl and Davey since high school. Two of the biggest hearted guys you could meet!! Daryl was either always smiling or ready to kick butt. But one thing for sure he always had a hug and a smile when he saw you, and would give you the shirt off his back to help you!! He was a great friend to many and will be missed dearly. Prayers will continue for the family.

  28. Davey,we are so sorry to hear about Daryl’s passing….we send our love and condolences to you and the family 🙏 if we can do anything please let us know…we love you, Jim & Judy Lanning

  29. Barbara I am so sorry for you loss there are no words that can help the hurt just hold on to the memories and know we will see them all again one day.

  30. You will be missed brother. Barbara, Davey, and the rest of the family; I am so sorry to hear about Daryl. You guys are like my brothers and the whole family is in my prayers.

  31. Dear Barbara and family,
    We were so saddened to hear about Daryl. It was such a shock to us. You have our deepest sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish your memories. Our condolences to your family.

  32. Davey and family,

    I was heartbroken to hear about Daryl. He always made me smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and if you need anything I am a call away.

  33. I may have only known him for a short 3.5 years now but he always made me feel as if we had known each other since we were kids! There wasn’t a time we ever crossed paths that he didn’t hug me as a greeting and also as we departed, thanks for the kind acceptance you gave me. I pray for comfort of his immediate family as well as all his friends and biker families! Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but the luv he shared with each of us leaves memories no one can steal….Fly High Daryl!

  34. Barbara – there are just no words at a time like this but just wanted to tell you that I am so sorry you are having to deal with the loss of a son. May God snuggle you up real close and be everything you need as you travel this road of grief. I love you and will be praying for you and your family!!

  35. We are so sorry for your loss. Daryl was loved by so many people! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Chip and Kim Plemmons

  36. Although I’ve never you, Ms. Smart, everyone that has ever met one of those Smart boys knows that they were “raised right”. It shows in their smiles. It’s heard in their laughter. It’s felt in the compassion they show to others. Daryl truly was a man that lived by the Golden Rule and it showed. I can’t imagine the sorrow you are feeling during this separation but, until you are reunited with him, know that you have done a wonderful job with those boys! You have a tremendous number of people that are keeping all of you close in thought and heavy in prayer during this most difficult time, and I hope the outpouring of love and support is felt now and for endless days to come.

  37. Dear Barbara and the Entire Family, I am so, so sorry for the loss of Daryl. I won’t be able to attend the service but all of you are in my thoughts. I am praying for all of you. May God give you comfort during this difficult time.

  38. Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to the entire Smart family. There are no words any of us can say to help ease your pain but know that you are very loved. Asking God to hold you close until you can stand on your again. Love Bryan and Diane Clay

    • R.I.P. my friend. I will miss seeing u and hearing ur laugh. You were always a special friend to me and many others. I think everybody has a new angel looking out for them now. See u one day in the future

  39. So sorry for y’all lost will be praying for y’all in the days to come to comfort y’all in this time of need

  40. guys I am so sorry for your loss .. He was a sweetheart and one of the good ones in this crazy world
    he will be missed but memories last for ever God be with you all …LOVE to the family ad prayers

  41. Barbara Smart Family,

    I’m was sorry to here about Daryl. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  42. Rest easy in the arms of our Lord old friend. You had a special place in my heart. Prayers go out to the family. I know this is so hard as I’ve suffered 3 close deaths in 3 years. You’ll get through it and you’ll look back and have no idea how you made it. But with God’s help you will make it. We’ll see them again one day.

  43. Dear Barbara and Family. My heart goes out to you in the loss of your precious son. May God give you peace and comfort in this most difficult of times. much love to you all.

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