Geraldine Elizabeth Banks Smith

geraldine smith

March 4, 1939 ~ March 19, 2024

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

Geraldine Elizabeth Banks Smith, 85, of Asheville, NC passed away peacefully on March 19, 2024 at the CarePartners Solace Center in Asheville, NC.

Gerri was born in Asheville, NC to the late Grady and Gladys Banks. She was a 1958 graduate of Clyde A. Erwin High School.
She is preceded in death by her siblings, Grady McKinley Banks Jr., Daisy Coleman, Donald Banks, Lee Roy Banks, Marge Anne Banks, Betty Jean Jenkins and Arnold Richard Banks, Sr.

She worked at Three Mountaineers Inc. before staying home to raise her children. Gerri enjoyed sewing, cooking, spending time with her family and her special cat companion, Prince. Gerri lived on Cub Road for 74 years before moving next door to her daughter and son-in-law Connie and Dan 13 months ago.

Surviving Gerri is her husband of 65 years, Roy Kermit Smith, Jr.; her three children, Marvin Smith (Yvette), Teresa Smith, and Connie Smith (Dan Smith); her five grandchildren, Brandon Henson, Brooke Bowlin (Dusty) Ashleigh Rogers (Jon), Tyler Smith (Halee Ratcliff) and Erica Shelton (Ryan); and one special great granddaughter, Carmen Rogers. She is also survived by her sister, Jannette Shipman, and several special nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Pisgah View Memorial Park, with Rev. Kelvin Moseley officiating.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: March 22, 2024 11:00 am

Pisgah View Memorial Park
1529 Smokey Park Hwy
Candler, NC 28715

(828) 667-4415

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. From your family at Educational Partners International. We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Tyler, Dan and Connie,
    We are so sorry for your loss. I hope you have peace in knowing the wonderful care you gave to Nanny. Your family is heavy on our hearts as you mourn here, but we know you are awaiting a wonderful reunion with her.

  3. Marvin, Teresa, Connie we have So Many Special Memories with Aunt Gerry (Jellybean) as my mama called her. Aunt Gerry you will be missed by many but know you are in no pain and celebrating in Heaven with family. We Love You and you will always be in our hearts. Marvin,Teresa, Connie and family you all are Loved & we are sending Prayers for Comfort and Peace for each of you in the days ahead. 🙏🏻 ❤️

  4. Roy ,Teresa and family sorry for your loss.Praying God gives you strength and comfort at this time.

  5. Marvin & Family,
    We are sorry to learn of the news about your Mother. Hold onto your memories and know that you have friends who will keep you close to their heart during this time. In sympathy,
    Steve & Freda Woody

  6. The is lite to guide her through the darkness into the light. My thoughts and Heart is with you.

    Rest Well Aunt Jerri

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about Aunt Gerri. My thought’s and prayers are with you all. 🙏🏻❤️

  8. Marvin and all your family
    So sorry to hear about your mother passing.
    Hold on the precious memories you have and she will always be with you. Prayers and hugs

  9. Teresa, Marvin and Connie, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My heart goes out to all of you. She was a special person. We had some great times at your house and at the beach camping trip. Love, thoughts and prayers are with you all

  10. Teresa, Bran, Brooke, Connie, Danny and Tyler; We are so thankful for the times we have been able to spend with you all. We are so glad we were able to spend time with you a few months ago to celebrate Papaw’s birthday. Nanny was such a loving and special woman, and loved by so many. We love you all.

  11. Marvin, Teresa, Connie and family … So sorry to hear about you Sweet Mommas passing … Keeping you all in thought and prayer

  12. Dear Teresa, Connie, Marvin, Dan, Brooke&Dusty and Bran.
    My deepest condolences for you and your family’s loss.


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