McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel

7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC


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Thomas Evander "Pete" Smith Sr.

10 abril , 193325 marzo , 2020

On March 25, 2020, Mr. Thomas Evander Smith, Senior (Pete) 86, passed peacefully at his home into the arms of Jesus.

Pete was born on April 10, 1933, to the late Lonnie W. Smith and Cora Green Smith in Colombia, SC. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased in death by three sisters and one brother.

Surviving are his wife, Vivian W. Smith; and children, Van Smith (Susan), Vernon Smith (Carol), Melody Steigerwalt (Don), and Melissa Spann (Curt); one sister, Faye Johnson; and eight grandchildren, Katie Coccia (Andrew), Taylor Camacho (Greg), Ryan Steigerwalt, Nathan Spann, Tanner Smith, Luke Steigerwalt, Caleb Spann, and Jacob Spann.

Pete served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and worked for AT&T for 33 years. He was an active member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, greeter, and Sunday school teacher.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Contributions may be made in Pete’s memory to Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.


  • A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.


Thomas Evander "Pete" Smith Sr.

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Joe Deese

abril 3, 2020

I have so many fond memories of Pete. Our families spent many summer evenings together cooking out burgers or making homemade ice cream. I always felt at home at Pete and Vivian's house. My parents were Melody's godparents.

I remember going to watch Pete and my dad play volleyball with the men in the neighborhood when I was a child. Pete was very athletic.

Pete was always willing to help others. When Mom asked if he could wire a phone extension in one of the bedrooms at our house, he took care of it right away. Later, as an adult I called and asked if he could do the same at my house, and he was happy to do it. He wouldn't take a dime for doing it either. He was so kind, and always smiling. A wonderful man who made a difference in my life.

Vivian, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Van, Vernon, Melody, Melissa, and all of your family.

Linda Kessler

abril 2, 2020

Arnold & I remember the day we met Pete. He hooked up our telephone at our new home in Bridlewood subdivision. We thought he was such a nice gentleman! When Sunday came we went to Plaza Methodist Church right up the road & there was Pete & his sweet wife, Vivian. You two were very special to us & loved getting to know your family. God has blessed you with a godly family & it was an honor to know Pete & is an honor to know all of you. God give you His peace. Love to you, Arnold & Linda Kessler

Heather Hamlin

marzo 28, 2020

Mr. Pete always could make me smile. He loved his wife and family very much. We loved to talk football. He will be missed but know he is with Jesus.

Pam Fultz

marzo 28, 2020

Pete, your daughter, Melody, was my first best friend. I remember you letting us play in your white car when we were kids. When Miss Vivian took care of us with her wonderful lunches - you always made us laugh, offering us sardines. To this day. I cannot go down that grocery aisle without smiling. Thought about you today when our friends were gathered outside enjoying the weather, but social distancing. I told my friends that it so reminded me of when you & my Pawpaw Sam& and Jim Bell used to pull up lawn chairs out in the front yard. My heart is aching for you all. I’m so sorry

Kimberly Payne-Denton

marzo 27, 2020

Wonderful man and family. As a childhood friend of Melissa's and Melody's he always welcomed me into their home with open arms. He will missed. Great man.


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