Gayle Pless Smith

2 June, 194510 October, 2021

Gayle Pless Smith, age 76, of High Point, North Carolina passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021 with her daughters by her side. She was born on June 2, 1945 in Mecklenburg Co., NC to the late James Lowell Pless and Mary Cathelene Pethel.

Gayle is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Samuel Smith, and her sister Mary Ann Bowers.

Gayle is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Hyatt and Christine Moffitt; seven grandchildren; Ashlee, Johnathan, Abigail, Lucas, Andrew, Samantha Grace and Noah; her siblings, Buddy Pless and Sonny Pless, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and close friends.

Gayle worked at the Holiday Inn in High Point for many years before starting a family and becoming a preschool teacher at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point.

A visitation for Gayle will take place on Monday, October 18, 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Sechrest-Davis Funerals of High Point. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Sechrest-Davis Funerals of High Point; Reverend Allen Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Floral Garden Memorial Park.

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  • James Lowell Pless, Father (deceased)
  • Cathelene Pethel Pless, Mother (deceased)
  • Samuel Smith, Husband (deceased)
  • Jennifer Hyatt, Daughter
  • Christine Moffitt, Daughter
  • Ashlee, Grandchild
  • Abigail, Grandchild
  • Samantha Grace, Grandchild
  • Johnathan, Grandchild
  • Lucas, Grandchild
  • Andrew, Grandchild
  • Noah, Grandchild
  • Mary Ann Bowers, Sister (deceased)
  • Buddy Pless, Brother
  • Sonny Pless, Brother
  • Gayle is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and close friends.


  • Visitation

    Monday, 18 October , 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, 19 October , 2021


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James Pless

15 October 2021

More than a sister, confidant, friend, counsellor, a gentle voice, and good person. I'll never forget coming home from Army in the early 1970's and taking Gayle to see "Woodstock". I think it may have been a shock for her, but we had a good time! I love you Gayle, enjoy the eternal peace with your savior Jesus Christ.

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