September 1, 1931 ~ November 19, 2016

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

Hilda Smith Metcalf, 85, went to be with her Lord Saturday, November 19, 2016. Born in Madison County, she was a lifelong resident of Buncombe. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gershon Smith and Myrtle Fox Smith, her husband of 41 years, J.C. Metcalf, Jr., her son, James Harding Metcalf, and 12 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, John David Metcalf (Lena) of Iva, SC, Rebecca Metcalf Payne (Jim), Earl Jay Metcalf (Elaine) and Eric Gregg Metcalf (Debbie), all of Asheville; daughter-in-law Linda Metcalf; brother, Howell Smith (Mary Jo) of Weaverille; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren, as well as many much loved nieces and nephews. Mrs. Metcalf was a member of Grassy Branch Baptist Church and retired as a baker from the Buncombe County Schools, especially, Haw Creek Elementary. Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grassy Branch Baptist Church with the Revs. Ken Sausedo and Stanley Peek officiating. Interment will follow at Gashes Creek Church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church Tuesday one hour prior to the service and at other times the family will be at her son Earl's home, 44 Oak Hollow Drive, Asheville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Eliada Home, or CarePartners Hospice. She was a faithful wife, loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She kept her family centered by example. She was loved by all who knew her. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Rd. is assisting the family.

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  1. We will always have fond and loving memories of Hilda
    Our prayers are with the family as you have sad hearts
    Love. Karen and buster

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  2. To the Entire Metcalf Family, our sincere condolences, and heart felt prayers in the loss of your precious Mother. Hilda loved our family and always made of feel as if we were family, and that’s exactly how we felt. Thank you, family, for sharing this sweet lady with so many people, but especially us. We loved her and will miss her very much. love you all, Van and Gladys Buckner and family.

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  3. Our hearts and prayers are with the family. I will miss Hilda! She was always so cheerful, sweet, loving and kind.
    Love, Susan and family

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  4. Johnny, Becky, Earl, and Eric …………… so sorry for your loss. Aunt Hilda
    was a much loved lady in every sense of the word. Her obituary is exact — she kept her family centered by example. I loved her, will miss her and will
    keep each of you and your families in prayer in the coming months. Please
    know that your Virginia cousins mourn with you and love you very much.
    Judy

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  5. To all my sweet double first cousins, I love you!
    We are as close in blood as brothers and sisters.
    So sorry for your loss
    My sweet, pretty Aunt Hilda is now home with her husband,daddy, mother, brothers and sisters.
    Just think how many Angles are watching over you and your family!

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  6. Jimmy can hug his mama!
    I love, love you. My cousins
    Don’t be mad at me for posting so many times .
    I get in a hurry and forget what I want say.
    I just saw this posted, or I would have commented sooner.

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