Wayne Calvin Smith

wayne smith

July 23, 1939 ~ January 10, 2022

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

Wayne Calvin Smith, 82, passed away Monday, January 10, 2022 at Care Partners Hospice Solace Center in Asheville while holding the hand of his lifelong love, Peggy.

Mr. Smith was born in Asheville to the late Wade Champlin Smith and Jennie Irene Buckner Smith Childs. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Webb.

He adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved sharing Jesus with them so they would all join him in Heaven one day. He sent a Bible verse to all the children and grandchildren every single morning. Wayne retired as a district manager with Roses in 1993 with over 30 years with the company. In retirement, he continued to work by servicing gas logs. He was an avid Braves fan and a former Gideon. However, his true life’s work and passion was his family.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Gaddy Smith; four children, Steven Smith (Michelle), Dr. Scott Smith (Kelley), Stacey Smith (Heidi) and Sonja Ash (Keith); a sister, Sandy Totherow; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 2:00pm at Bethany United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Rogers officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the church. Burial will follow in the church’s cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, 212 Bethany Church Road, Fairview, NC 28730.


Funeral Service: January 14, 2022 2:00 pm

Bethany United Methodist Church
212 Bethany Church Road
Fairview, NC 28730

Visitation: January 14, 2022 1:00 pm - June 12, 2024 2:00 pm

Bethany United Methodist Church
212 Bethany Church Road
Fairview, NC 28730

Burial: January 14, 2022 3:00 pm

Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery
212 Bethany Church Road
Fairview, NC 28730

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Praying for Wayne’s family!
    I grew up with him and went to church with his Family at Woodfin Baptist. He grew up in a godly family! Wayne had a beautiful smile just like his Mother!
    I hope to meet Wayne and his family in Heaven, until that time I’m sending my thoughts and Prayers!! Love to all of you!

  2. Sandy, I am so sorry for your loss. Wayne was a wonderful man. I had known him my entire life. Prayers for you and Wayne’s family.

  3. i am so sorry for your lost Peggy, I always thought wayne was a good man,dad and wayne done alot together.He will surely be missed.

  4. Sandy and Family Sorry to see thepassing of Wayne. He was Louise and Ruths age so i did not see him often when we visited you and aunt Jennie. Heard wonderful stories tho.

  5. Sandy, Condolences to you and your family. So saddened to learn of Wayne and also Brenda’s passing. May you know and receive God’s comfortd during this difficult time. Love & Fond memories, my friend.

  6. Dear Peggy and family: I am sorry for your loss, but I know that Wayne is rejoicing in Heaven with all the ones who have gone before. What a blessing to know you will see him again. Praying for you.

  7. Dearest Peggy
    Prayers for you and the family as you deal with the loss of such a fine man. And we know that Wayne is doing fine now. I Can Only Imagine…
    Much love
    Tom and Renee Brooks


  9. Dear Peggy and Family, We were so sorry to learn this morning that Wayne had passed away. We are so sorry for your loss. Wayne was a friend and mentor to me during my almost 50 year career with Roses. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Our love to everyone. Brooks, Carol and Family

  10. My deepest sympathy to all the family. I know Wayne will be deeply missed. He is at peace with our heavenly Father. God bless you all.

  11. Love and blessings to all of my Smith family. I’m hoping for peaceful days and restful nights for each of you.
    I love you Uncle Wayne.

  12. Much love and prayer in support of the family. Mr. Smith was a mighty man of valor, and a pillar of strength to my young heart many years ago. I shall remember him fondly. Peace, love and my heartfelt condolences to the Smith family. ❤️🙏🏼

  13. Prayers for Peggy and the family. Wayne was a fine man with a love of God and his family. May God give you peace and comfort in the coming days.

  14. Loved seeing your smiling face. You and Peggy have been so good to me. You will be missed. May you Rest In Peace. God bless your family!

  15. Peggy we are heartbroken to hear about Wayne. He was like a brother. We couldn’t come because Jackie had to pick up the grandkids. We tried to call but phone wouldn’t work. Call us when you can. We love you. Jackie and Sue. phone 8282526540.

  16. Dear Peggy and family,
    I’d saddens me to learn if Wayne’s passing away. He and I were good friends at Erwin. We had the lead roles in both our Junior and Senior Class Plays. I appreciated having him as a friend.
    May God give you His peace and comfort.
    Much love in Christ,
    Jeanette Wright Parham
    561-383-1775. jparham713 m@aol.com

  17. Wayne and I were friends from Woodfin Hi School….played baseball on the 1955 team .We won the County Championship for the 4th year in a row played at McCormick Field in Asheville. Last time I saw him was at his Rose,’s Store in VA. Beach . Wayne was always a good man and friend. We will meet again in the land across the River ..bless him and all his family.

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