William Edward Smith

william smith

September 3, 1939 ~ January 8, 2022

Born in: Pickens Co., SC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

William Edward Smith, 82, of Asheville, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022.

A native of Pickens Co., SC, Mr. Smith was a son of the late Bruce Sheldon Smith and Nellie Ragsdale Smith.

Mr. Smith was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as an MP in Korea, where he escorted dignitaries to various meetings, including Connie Frances. He attended Clemson University and was a member of the IPTAY Club. He was a V.P. of First Citizens Bank, retiring from the Bryson City branch after 39 years of service. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville.

Surviving is his wife, Carol B. Smith; daughter, Joy Loyd (Barry) of Raleigh; the mother of his daughter, Joyce T. Smith; step-son Grayson Shuler; grandchildren, Meredith Bell (Joe), Johnathan Loyd, Dillon Shuler (Jasmine), Kendall Shuler (Anthony Barker), Keara Shuler and Courtney Howell; great-grandchildren, Lincoln Shuler, Shepard Smith Bell, and great-grandchild due in April, Hayes Bell; and sister, Roberta Shambaugh (Dr. George Shambaugh).

Memorial services with Military Honors will be held on Sunday, January 30 at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville, with Pastors Winston Parrish and Allen Rash officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 216 Shelburne Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.


Visitation: January 30, 2022 1:30 pm - June 20, 2024 2:30 pm

Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville
216 Shelburne Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806


Memorial Service: January 30, 2022 2:30 pm

Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville
216 Shelburne Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Randy, Kim and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers for comfort and peace during this time of grief. Love, hugs and prayers ❤️🙏❤️

  2. Mama and I are sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.❤️

  3. Voja, the kids and I are thinking and praying for you all at this time. Please know that we are here for you all.❤️

  4. Sweet Joy and family, we are very sorry for your loss and are sending heartfelt prayers and thoughts. We love you, Joylene!

  5. My sweet Pa!!! I am lucky to have his knowledge and wise words to keep myself sane. You are missed dearly already.

  6. Dear family, please know that over the days, weeks, and months ahead, you will be in our prayers.
    Kim and I are saddened at the loss of our dear friend, Bill, but know that he is celebrating with our Lord. Our lives are better for knowing Bill, Carol, and family.

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