December 25, 1940 ~ May 26, 2019

Born in: Hayesville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Linda Smith Warren, 78, passed away peacefully at her home in Asheville, North Carolina, with her loved ones by her side.

Born in Hayesville, NC, Linda was a daughter of the late Ralph Lynn and Geneva White Smith. She graduated from Clyde A. Erwin High School and attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she obtained her bachelor’s in education. She taught 6th grade at West Buncombe Elementary School and 7th grade at Erwin Middle School. She retired after teaching over 35 years and was well loved by both teachers and students.

She is survived by daughters, Jamie Warren and Janet Warren Wilson and husband Danny; grandson, Cameron Wilson and wife Jaclyn; sister, Vicki Hallifax and husband Tom; brothers, Richard Smith and Mark Smith and wife Lisa; her beloved partner and travel buddy, Arthur Taylor; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her faithful 4-legged companion, Little.

Linda was a devoted mother to her two daughters. When she wasn’t spending time with family and friends, Linda loved time in her flower gardens, reading and traveling with Art or her “Go Girls.” She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and enjoyed working with them on various charitable fundraisers.

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Brother Wolf, 31 Glendale Ave, Asheville, NC 28803.


Memorial Service: June 1, 2019 5:00 pm

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



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


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Linda -my favorite cousin-among the most honorable,kind,fair and fun people God ever created!All who were fortunate to know her will miss her spirit,sincerity and warmth.Our deepest sorrow for her family and friends.Judi

    • My sincere condolences to Linda’s family. Linda was a wonderful teacher and a friend to many who new her.

  2. Dear Jamie and Janet & Families, I am sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. I have fond memories of days in the Beta Sigma Phi, especially the 2004 convention at Grove Park Inn. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Phil and Joyce Dover Evans

  3. Linda was my aunt and my 6th grade English teacher. I’ve looked up to her my whole life and was inspired by her strength, her teaching, and her love of dogs. She will be loved and remembered by many.

  4. So very sorry for your loss. The family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his loving arms around th3 family and give you comfort during this time of loss.

  5. Dear Jamie and Janet,
    I believe your Mother was my favorite teacher of all times! She had the best smile and laughter even when I chose three swats with the paddle over three days with no recess. I was so ecstatic when she invited to your house to ride ponies. I fell off and landed in dung with barbed wire in it. I still have the scar on my leg. I remember her cleaning me up. She made a insecure, akward girl, homely girl feel special. She gave me the class clown award that year. I truly loved her.
    I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Dear Jammie and Janet and family. I’m so sorry to here the passing of your Mom. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Janet, we are very sad for the passing of your beautiful mother, Linda Warren. We haven’t seen her in years, of course, but in addition to her beauty she was a kind and gracious lady and a good mother. She will be missed.

  8. Was saddened to learn of Linda’s passing. She was a lovely lady and enjoyable to talk with. May God comfort the family during this time and in the days ahead.

  9. Linda had great enthusiasm and love for living life to its fullest.

    She was very creative, a great cook and an inspiring leader. Linda had the cutest laugh and was always happy and a lot of fun.

    She even tried to make us laugh these last few days. I loved Linda very much. She will always have s special place in my heart.

    Blessings to the family and dear friends.

  10. My sincere condolences to Linda’s family. Linda was a wonderful teacher and a friend to many who new her.

  11. I will miss my “Aunt” Linda greatly. She was a wonderful, one of a kind woman. I will always remember her for living life to the fullest, and for all the amazing places she visited (I still have the post cards she gave me). I can’t look back on my childhood and NOT think of her. I love her so much, she will not be forgotten.

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mrs Warren was one of my favorite teachers in the 6th grade. I seen her about a year ago and she remembered me after 45 years. I had to tell her my first name but she automatically remembered my last name. I even told her she still had a great memory and looked great. I don’t think she ever changed over the years. Always thought she was so pretty. Had a heart of gold. Never was rude to a classmate even when you knew she had a bad headache or a bad day. I’m sure she will be missed by many because she had such a great personality. RIP…

  13. Linda’s positive spirit touched the lives of many people. She will always be loved and remembered by all who knew her. I especially admired my cousin’s strength and kindness. Sending love to all the family.

  14. I have wonderful memories of Linda. We were friends for many years. One of the best ladies I’ve ever known. Janet and Jamie. May God be with you as you deal with the loss of your mother. Love and prayers. EFFIE FISHER

  15. Our condolences to you and your family. Losing a parent is so hard, but as others have shared, there are so many memories to hold on to. Allow the Lord to walk with you as you grieve for your mother and He holds you in His loving arms. ❤️

  16. Janet, so sorry to hear of your sweet Mom’s passing. She was a beautiful lady with an exuberant spirit. I always enjoyed talking with her. You, your family, Mr. Taylor and all those that loved your mom are in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. So sorry to read of Linda’s passing. Prayers for all the family and friends during this time of sorrow.

  18. My dear friend Jamie and family, I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Send you my condolences and may prayers help comfort you. She will always guide you in spirit. Hugs!

  19. We had the BEST times with Linda every time we’d come to Asheville to see family. She would put up my partner & me so often, we called her home “LINDA’S B&B!” We would just talk and laugh for hours while playing with those wonderful pups of hers. I’m so happy and grateful that she had the chance to come out to Los Angeles to continue the festivities with her dear friend and sister Judy.

    What an incredibly special lady…kind, loving, compassionate, generous and funny. To say she’ll be missed is a gross understatement. I feel so honored to have known her and Linda will always hold a special place in my heart.

  20. I had the pleasure of teaching with Linda at West Buncombe for several years. She was always so sweet and helpful. We are keeping her loved ones in our prayers knowing that God can comfort as no one else can. May God bless.

  21. My cousin Linda. I have never known life without her. Visiting my family in Asheville without connecting with her will leave an empty place “at the table.”
    I cherish the last time I saw and talked with her. In remembering Linda’s wisdom, wit and kindness, we will gain a portion of her strength. Exceptional mother, daughter, sister, teacher, we all loved her dearly. Sharing family ties with Linda was an honor.

  22. Jamie and Family sending my deepest sympathy of your mother passing. Praying for peace and comfort to each family member.

  23. Sending hugs and praying for your broken hearts. She was definitely one of the best Mamas that ever ran me all over the community and let me stay for dinner or spend the night abundantly! She was so intelligent and beautiful. I thought she was pretty cool as a teacher too.

  24. We were fortunate to have Linda touch our lives. Doug was her student in the 6th grade. Many times in the community we have had former students, or parents of former students tell us how much they appreciated Linda. Aunt Linda had a wonderful wit and a contagious laugh. She had great courage and compassion for all living things.
    Our prayers for the families and friends during this sad time.

  25. Jamie and your family.
    I am sending prayers to all. Your mother must have been such a remarkable woman. Have comfort knowing that while your mom is in Heaven a part of her is still with you. God Bless.

  26. Linda touched many lives in so many positive ways. Her joy, love, enthusiasm and compassion were ever-present throughout her life and given freely to those who knew her. As one of Linda’s cousins I am blessed to have known Linda my entire life. She will be missed greatly and held in the hearts of many. My love to Linda’s children, Janet and Jamie; her siblings, Mark, Vicki and Richard; and all of Linda’s family members.

  27. Ms. Linda was my “second Mom!” Jamie, Janet, and family ,I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was so much fun to be around! She was always kind and had a great sense of humor! She will be missed very much. Ms. Linda was was loved by so many people and she touched many lives. She is gone, but her spirit will always remain with all of you. I hope you find comfort during this difficult time.

  28. Dear Jamie & Janet, Praying for you to have courage, strength and faith during this very difficult time. Linda was one of my favorite teachers. She was always so kind and deeply caring. Love and prayers!!

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