Gibson Locke Smith Jr.

October 14, 1940September 6, 2013

Gib died on Friday, September 6, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Gib was born October 14, 1940 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the son of Gibson Locke Smith and Elizabeth Bartlett Smith. He was a graduate of Myers Park High School, Davidson College and Duke University Law School, where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal. Gib served three years as Captain in The Judge Advocate General’s Corp of the U.S. Army. After his military service, Gib returned to Charlotte and practiced law as a partner of Robinson Bradshaw and Hinson, P.A. for 35 years. He always felt it a privilege to spend his career with what he knew to be some of the finest and most talented lawyers in North Carolina. Gib was a member of the Mecklenburg Bar, and he served as an original councilor of the Real Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He was also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and a member of long standing in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Gib was President of the Berryhill Preservation Association, and he served on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association, Catholic Social Services and the Charlotte Rotary Club. He loved playing golf with his friends at Charlotte Country Club, but his greatest passions were duck hunting with his sons and friends at Wingspread on Lake Mattamuskeet, and hiking with his partners in the mountains of Washington, Wyoming and Colorado. Gib also took great joy in coaching his three boys and watching them play ball.

Gib is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jane Balch Smith; his dearly loved sons and daughters-in-law, Gibson Locke Smith III and Patricia Crowley Smith, Michael Diehl Smith and Mason Elder Smith and Jackson McCardell Smith and Ashley Howerton Smith. He is also survived by his sisters, Bartlette Smith Sanders (Dewey) and Sumner Smith Holman; his in-laws, Janet Balch, Peggy Kelly, Jackson Balch (Kim) and Victor Balch (Kat); and his many cousins, nieces and nephews. He adored his nine perfect grandchildren, Sally, Michael Jr., Gibson IV, Mac, Henry, George, Annie, Lucy and Lane.

The Smith family would like to thank the entire staff, and the extraordinary care givers, at Emeritus South Park for the very fine care they bestowed on Gib during his years with them; and Jim Lawton, who started as a caregiver, and became a dear friend to us all – a thank you is simply not enough.

Gib’s family will receive friends on Monday, September 9, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at 918 Cherokee Road. We will celebrate his life at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Davidson College, P.O. Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035 ( or to The Alzheimer’s Association, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, 28215.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, September 10, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, September 9, 2013

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State Alexander

September 19, 2013

It was an honor to know and work with Mr. Gibson Smith and I will truly miss him. What an awesome human being.

Emeritus at South Park.

Lorna Souza

September 16, 2013

Jane, I was sorry to hear about Gib. I will never forget the Japan trip and all the fun we had. These are the memories that keep us going. I have thought of you and Gib often and was blessed to get to know you both. You and your family are in my prayers. With love, Lorna Souza (former Nissan wife)

Francie Lopez

September 15, 2013

Jane, I was so sorry to hear of the death of your husband. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Francie Lopez

Henry Underhill

September 11, 2013

It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Gib Smith. An outstanding lawyer and an even better person, Gib was soft spoken and warm and someone fiercely devoted to his friends and family. He came from terrific stock. His father was on the City Council at the time I was appointed City Attorney - a kind,civic minded man with a good heart as well. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Britt Byrne

September 10, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about your father. I have a wonderful memory of traveling with him to Pinehurst and a round on No. 2. He was a great gentleman and lived his life well. My condolences to you and your family.

September 10, 2013

Jane, you and your family are in my heart. I remember having a long chat with Gib in Charleston where we had gathered for Amy's wedding. I thought as we talked that Gib is such a fine, sweet gentleman. Daddy would have enjoyed knowing Gib. His manner reminded me of Daddy and my twin brothers. Best compliment I know.
Jane I am so sorry Gib was ill for so long. How wonderful you have those fine children and grands. My love to you.
Nancy Gordon Robinson Atlanta, Georgia

September 10, 2013

Thoughts and prayers are with you and family. If there is anything let I can do for you and family, let me know. Take care. Maya Rutherford

September 10, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the family. Mom and dad send there thoughts and prayers also. Let me know if there is anything that I can do for your family.

Wade Kolb

September 9, 2013

Jane and family: I am so sorry about Gibby's death. It seems like just yesterday that we were at Bartlett family reunions. Where have the years gone? At least we can remember the good times. Dotty and I will see you tomorrow at the service.

September 9, 2013

Jane -
You and yours are in my heart and prayers. You are so special and I know your boys will rally round you -Patty Bubp