May 25, 1935 ~ May 29, 2019

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

Shirley Anne Lewis Smith, 84, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at her home in West Asheville.

Born in Asheville, she was a daughter of the late Thaddeus and Helen Blecha Lewis, and she was married to Billy Lee Smith, who died in 2000. She was also preceded in death by sons, Timothy Smith and Vincent Smith, and daughters, Megan Smith and Margaret Smith.

Mrs. Smith and her husband were the owners and operators of several area bakeries, including Sugar & Spice and Town House Bakery. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

She is survived by children, Mike Smith, William A. Smith and wife Teresa, Richard Smith, Debra Hugg, Susan Smith, Tamara Hughey and husband Tony, and Teresa Liner and husband Darin; a sister, Barbara Sneigoski and husband Stephen; brothers,
James Lewis and Vincent Lewis and wife Barbara, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Dean Cesa at 11:00 a.m. Monday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Azalea Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.


Funeral Mass: June 3, 2019 11:00 am

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
768 Asbury Road
Candler, NC 28715


Visitation: June 2, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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



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  1. So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. My deepest sympathy to the family. She was a strong matriarch of the Smith family and will be missed.

  2. Nanny you were loved by many and will be forgotten by none. You truly are the one that kept everything and everyone together. I’ll always remember the Sunday dinners around the table. Tell daddy bill we all love him and I’m glad you 2 are together again. Love always.

  3. We wish to express our sadness at the passing of Shirley. She was such a wonderful and caring person. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

  4. Sending prayers to your family
    You will be truly missed The Rock The Of The Family
    Always had a smile and never meet a stranger
    Her heart was full of love
    You will be truly missed ❤️

  5. Shirley was a beautiful lady inside and out, My husband and my self work for Bill and Shirley at Sugar& Spice Bakery in the 80th, My heart go out to all the family, I love you guys and you are in my prayers .Brenda Ford

  6. Shirley was a very beautiful lady. I will miss you alot. She is a Angel now watching over her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sending prayers to family.

  7. so sorry for your loss when my daughter got married they made the wedding cake bill came and set it up for me it was 7 tier 3 in the middle and 2 on each side it was beautiful we loved there pies they will turtle missed i will be praying for the family god give them strength and peace .

  8. Tamara and Mike, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayer will be with you and your family.

  9. Thinking of the family at this time! We are saying prayers for peace for everyone. Love you all. Randy and Jeanette Roberson

  10. I am so sorry that Shirley has passed but she is with Billy, Her Mom and Dad, and her four children that we miss as well. She was so kind and caring and was the Best Mother of all her family! She will be missed by many! Love, Peace and Prayers for All of Her Family and my Cousins.

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