July 5, 1985 ~ May 20, 2006

Born in: Morehead City, North Carolina,
Resided in: Arden, NC

Arden ~ Nathan Edward Smith, 20, of Arden, died Saturday, May 20, 2006. A native of Morehead City, he was a son of Kent and Dorothy Dyess Smith and worked in construction. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Melissa Redfearn and her husband Harry of Asheville and two brothers, Michael and Joshua Smith, both of Asheville. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 23 in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with the Reverend Larry Henderson officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Eblen Traumatic Brain Injury Foundation, 12 Regent Park Blvd, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. To the Smith family:
    I apologize for not having been in touch with you sooner, but my condolences go out to all of you, especially Josh. I can’t imagine what it would (will?) be like to lose my brother. Keep your head up if you can, buddy.

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  2. We were so very sorry to hear about Nathan. We will be thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time. God bless.

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  3. The Harris family will have you in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We were shocked to hear of Nathan’s death — if there is anything we can do, please don’t hesitate to ask. We love you.

    Mike, Debbie, McKenzie, Colby, & Maddison Harris

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  4. I am so very sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child but I can imagine it is possibly the most difficult experience God could ever ask a parent, siblings and family to endure. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Although those left behind may be feeling extreme grief, remember that Nathan no longer feels the pain of all that he experienced while here on this earth. His journey to be with our Father, although seemingly untimely, is surely a glorious experience for him.

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  5. To the Smith Family:
    I send each of you my deepest sympathy for the loss of Nate. He was a great friend of mine and he will be greatly missed. Nathan was a great person inside and out, and he always made me laugh. I will keep your family in my prayers and thoughts. To Josh: If you need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to call. I LOVE YOU and I will be praying for you and your family!
    Love: Farrah Johnson

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  6. Dear Kent & Dottie,
    There’s no easy way to cope with this. You know where he is and he’s ok now… you’ll see him again someday. Love and prayers to you and your family.
    Sheila Craven

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  7. Dear Kent, Dottie,Melissa, Michael and Josh,
    We are so sorry to hear the news of Nathan. He was such a joy in everyone’s life and will be missed. We will all ways remember his beautiful smile as we know you will. Our thougths and prayers will be with you during this mournful time.

    In our thoughts and prayers,

    Chandler, Becky, Clay, Hollis, and Betty Anne Beacham

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  8. Kent, Dottie and Family, we are so very sorry to hear about Nathan. Our hearts and are prayers go out to you and your entire family. May God be with you all.

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  9. We are so very sorry for your loss and have you all in our thoughts and prayers. Joey was a good friend to both my boys and he will be missed very much. This is such a tragic time for you, just try to keep all the good memories close to your heart.

    Dottie Gunning Rice, John and Joey Gunning

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  10. Dear Kent and Dottie:
    I was very sorry to hear about Nathan. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you and your family.

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  11. Dear Kent, Dottie & Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I pray that you are able to find the strength that you need in the love that your family shares. My deepest sympathy-

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  12. Kent and Dotti,
    I just spoke with Cyndi and needless to say was heartbroken with your news. I have a trip to Chicago and then am leaving for Argentina for a week. I am going to try to change a few things so that i can attend the service, if i do not make it please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during my travels and i will see you soon. My best to the entire Family. Your Friend and Partner, john

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  13. Please accept our most sincere regrets. We are so shocked and saddened by your loss. Please also know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Tommie and Joyce

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  14. Dear Kent and Dottie,
    We have just learned the heartbreaking news of Nathan’s death.

    May you find strength through your faith and your beautiful memories of your precious son, and may God enfold you in his arms as you face the days ahead.

    Your cousins,
    Wanda and Ronnie Smith

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  15. Nathan was like a little brother to me. I’m going to miss him.
    My family and I are holding Kent, Dottie, Melissa, Michael and Joshua tighly in our prayers.

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  16. Kent and Dottie, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jeff, Kim, and girls

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  17. Nathan has always been such a handsome and cuddley spirit. We shall continue to feel his love whisper around us all. Our families are forever bonded by the love of Christ and the grace of our children.

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  18. Kent and Dottie;
    Jenny Pat and I are SOooo very sorry to receive this terrible news. We will keep you and the entire family in our thoughta and prayers. We pray that GOD will grant you peace and acceptance of this bitter turn through life’s journey. Love; John & Jenny Pat.

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  19. Some people come into our lives and quickly leave, others stay for a while and leave footprints on our heart, and we are NEVER the same.’ Every memory has a smile attached to it. Nate was like my little brother, that’s how we referred to one another. That’s how it will stay forever. My prayers are with you guys. He loved his family more than anything. His life was ended much to short, but what a wonderful life it was, and changed those of everyone who was blessed enough to have him in theirs. His memory will never be forgotten, and will stay alive in all of us. I will always look back and smile with the best memories of Nate and the fun times we shared, that can never be erased. All my love, forever!!! your big sister, Jane

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  20. Kent & Dottie, our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Your memories of a very
    special young man will be a thing
    of treasure in the future.

    All our love & prayers.

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  21. We are so sad to hear about Nathan. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family not only during this difficult time but in the days to come. Take care of yourself. Our love to you.

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  22. Kent and Dottie,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers, we were so sorry to learn of the sudden loss of your son.

    Regards,

    Ruth Summers

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  23. Kent & Dottie,

    We are so sorry to hear about Nathan. Our hearts are greatly sadded by the loss of Nathan. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy ‘?

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  24. Kent and Dotti,

    We are so saddened by your loss. Nathan was a very special young man full of love and respect for others. We will never forget our ‘buddy’. You and Nathan will always be in our thoughts and prayers…

    Rich, Mary, Rich II, John and Chris.

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  25. Kent & Dottie,
    We just heard this morning (5/23) about your loss and wanted you to know that we are praying for you and trusting that God will wrap his arms around you and hold you close during this difficult time.

    Love and Prayers,
    Ben, Christy, (Fisher)Brooke, Kelly, & Ella Capps

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  26. Dear Kent and Dottie,
    Fred and I just learned about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with your entire family.
    Fred, Sandy, Andrew, Paige and Mitchem Anderson

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  27. We were so sorry to hear about Nathan. We know what it is like to lose a son and brother. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  28. Josh:
    I am so, so sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, please let me know

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  29. Kent & Dottie,
    We were so sorry to hear about Nathan and to let you know you are in our thoughts. Andrew & Kitsy Babb

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  30. We were all very saddened when we heard the news of Nathan’s passing. We wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jason, Lucas, Chris, Jenny & Andrew

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  31. We are very sad to hear about Nathan. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love,
    Sam and Sherri Sirls

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  32. Kent, Dottie & family,

    We are so sorry to learn about the tragic loss of of your son Nathan. Unfortunately we know first hand the pain and grief of losing a child and pray your family stays strong through this nightmare.

    We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  33. Kent, Dottie & family,

    We are so sorry to learn about the tragic loss of of your son Nathan. Unfortunately we know first hand the pain and grief of losing a child and pray your family stays strong through this nightmare.

    We will keep you all in our prayers.

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  34. I only know Nathen for a short while but he was a wonderful person and I know he will be missed greatly. My prayers go out to all that knew him.

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  35. Dear Smith Family:
    I was a friend of Nate’s in high school. Sorry for your loss. He will be missed. I will keep your family in my prayers and thoughts.
    Sincerely:
    Cody Johnson

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  36. Kent, Dottie, and Family,

    Just to let you know that I am thinking about all of you during this time. I am so sorry for your loss.
    My heart goes out to all of you.

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  37. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
    ~From a headstone in Ireland

    Our deepest regrets for your loss.
    Jose and Julie

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  38. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please if there is anythin i can do. I taught at Sevier when Nathan was there. I was never his teacher, but i would talk to him every day. Nathan was always respectful towards me and he was a fun guy that always made everyone laugh. It sadden my heart when i heard about his death. He will be missed. Even though i havent seen him in years, he left a great impression on me. I will continue to pray for your family.

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  39. Kent, I was so very sorry to hear about your son’s death. I just can’t imagine anything harder to take. I know that God will comfort you and I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers. Warmest regards, Penny Martin

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