Terry Lee Smathers

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January 6, 1957 ~ February 24, 2023

Born in: Haywood County, NC
Resided in: Hendersonville, NC

Terry Lee Smathers, 66, of Hendersonville, passed away at the Duke University Hospital on Friday, February 24, 2023.

A native of Haywood County, Terry was a son of the late William Lloyd Smathers and Margaret Greenarch. He was also preceded in death by two infant siblings, Maragret Louise Smathers and William Lloyd Smathers.

Terry is survived by the love of his life for 21 years, Beth Webb Smathers; four children Amanda Smathers, Lauren Hawkins (Justin), Chastity Lafferty (Jon) and Lisa Jones (Jesse); grandchildren, Gwyndolyn, Raegan, Remi Lee, Jordan (Emily), Kaitlyn, Matthew, Jesse and Jaylee; great-grandchildren, Eva and Freyja; siblings, Ronnie Lloyd Smathers (Linda), Elaine Smathers (Mike), Dawn Conard (Robert) and Larry Erwin and his step-father, Edward Danny Berry.

Terry was a wonderful and caring father and grandfather. He valued the education of his children and loved to watch them play sports growing up. He was a big Carolina Tarheel fan and enjoyed woodworking and gardening. Terry could accomplish anything that he put his mind to.

A Funeral Service to celebrate Terry’s life and legacy will be held starting at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 3 in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Candler. His family will greet friends at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 until 2:00 PM.

Flowers are appreciated, but for those who choose, memorial donations may be made in Terry’s name to Duke Health. Information on giving is available at www.dukehealth.org and please note “Duke Transplant Center” in the memo of your check.


Funeral Service: March 3, 2023 2:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704



Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


Visitation: March 3, 2023 1:00 pm - April 19, 2024 2:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Im sadly hear about Terry. Im worked with him The last 3 years before he take a retirement!.
    I will miss him.

  2. Beth and Elaine, I’m so sorry to hear about Terry ‘s passing. I know he will be deeply missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Condolences, Beth and family. May the Lord grant you the fortitude to bear the loss.
    Terry will be sorely missed. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  4. My deepest condolences
    Sorry for your loss Terry will be missed he was a wonderful guy and I am glad to have had the chance to know him
    Tom & Sharon Hanczyk

  5. Dear Family, I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I grew up with Terry on Beaverdam, I played sports with him in school and was a co-captain on the wrestling team with him. Lord God I ask that You will embrace his dear family in the loving arms of Your sweet Holy Spirit and give them Your peace that goes beyond all our human understanding in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

  6. Beth and Elaine, I’m so sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families. Terry was a great guy, and I enjoyed working with him. He will be missed.

  7. Terry will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. My deepest condolences. Terry always brought a smile to my face.

  8. I’m so sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. We grew up together on Beaverdam and had a lot of good times! He will be missed but never forgotten! We are praying for your family at this difficult time. God Bless your family!

  9. My condolences on your loss, I was sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. My wife and I will be praying that God will comfort you and your family during this difficult season.

  10. Beth, Elaine and family;

    We are so sorry for the passing of Terry. We enjoyed the chance to work with him and get to know him. We are praying for you during this difficult time.

  11. Dawn and Family,
    May the Lord shower you with His grace and peace during this difficult time. It is always difficult to say good-bye to a loved one. Your memories of him will live on with you and your family.
    Our Love in Jesus,
    Royce & Gwenda

  12. To Beth and family, I’m sorry for your loss and the heart ache. Terry will surely be missed by many. May the Lord bless you in this time.

  13. To the family we are sad you have lost your beloved father and brother. May blessings follow your lives and love most of all.

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