Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park

2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia, NC


Jeanette (Smith) Wise

July 20, 1934December 30, 2019

Jeanette (Smith) Wise, 85, of Gastonia, went to her heavenly home on Monday December 30, 2019. She passed at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia surrounded by her loving family. Jeanette was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family notes that she was exceptionally strong in her faith. Jeanette was an active member of South Marietta Street Baptist Church in Gastonia. Professionally, she was a bookkeeper at Diversy Corporation in Charlotte where she retired after 40 years of service. Jeanette was a Gastonia native and graduated from Gastonia High School in 1953. Jeanette will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved.

Jeanette is the daughter of the late Frances (Messick) and Oscar Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Joseph Wise, Jr. on September 1st, 2013. Samuel was Jeanette’s life. They were married for 56 years before he passed. Also preceding Jeanette in death are her brothers Clarence Smith, Gene Smith, George Hall and Graham Hall.

Left to cherish their memories of Jeanette and to carry on her legacy are her son Joseph Wise and his wife Rowena of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, grandsons Joseph Allen Wise and William Ray Wise and granddaughter Catherine Marie Pluguez. She leaves behind two great-grandchildren – Lilly and Will Jr. Wise. Her brother Donald Smith and his wife Etta are grieving the loss of Jeanette. Jeanette also said that she had the best nieces, nephews and neighbors anyone could have. A celebration of Jeanette’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday January 3, 2020 at South Marietta Street Baptist Church, 911 South Marietta Street, Gastonia, North Carolina. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church beginning at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow the Celebration of Life Service at Armstrong Cemetery, 639 Osceola Street, Gastonia. Pastor Tommy Self will offer words of encouragement and hope to those that gather to remember Jeanette. Pallbearers are Brady Polk, Brian Smith, Steven Smith, Chuck Lay and David Phillips.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Jeanette’s name to South Marietta Street Baptist Church, 911 South Marietta Street, Gastonia, NC 28054.

Fond memories of Jeanette and condolences for the family can be left at www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com.

The staff of Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to serve the Wise family during this difficult time.


  • Frances (Messick) Smith, Mother (deceased)
  • Oscar Smith, Father (deceased)
  • Samuel Joseph Wise, Jr, Husband (deceased)
  • Joseph Wise (Rowena), Son
  • Joseph Allen Wise, Grandson
  • William Ray Wise, Grandson
  • Catherine Marie Pluguez, Granddaughter
  • Lilly Wise, Great Granddaughter
  • Will Wise, Jr., Great Grandson
  • Donald Smith (Etta), Brother
  • Clarence Smith, Brother (deceased)
  • Gene Smith, Brother (deceased)
  • George Hall, Brother (deceased)
  • Graham Hall, Brother (deceased)
  • Jeanette also said that she had the best nieces, nephews and neighbors anyone could have.

  • Brady Polk
  • Brian Smith
  • Steven Smith
  • Chuck Lay
  • David Phillips

  • South Marietta Street Baptist Church


  • Receiving of Friends Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Graveside Committal Friday, January 3, 2020


Jeanette (Smith) Wise

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Corky Smith

January 2, 2020

Aunt Jeanette was a second Mother to me. She would ride the bus to Ranlo to pick me up and take me back to Gastonia and Grandma Smith’s for weekends when she was a young girl. Uncle Don was there as well and he, Grandpa Smith and Aunt Jeanette and I always attended church at South Marietta St on Sunday. After church we would all return home to enjoy one of Grandma Smith’s wonderful Sunday dinners. Later on when Uncle Sam and Aunt Jeanette started dating they would take me along on their dates to the Diane 29 Twin movies. We took weekend trips to Lenoir to visit Aunt May, Grandma Smiths Sister. Uncle Don would take me on fishing trips at the coast which was a special treat for me as a young boy. I will never be able to thank them for all they did for me out of love, especially Aunt Jeanette. She was a dear soul and I will miss her greatly. May she Rest In Peace with her Lord and her loved ones who have gone before.

Sheila Polk

January 2, 2020

Jeanette was more than a neighbor to us, she was part of our family for over thirty years. She will be missed so much, and it has been an homor for Brady, Brittany, and myself to have had the opportunity to have her in our lives. Heaven has certainly received another angel as Jeanette goes through the those pearly gates. We will always keep you in our hearts Jeanette, and love you so much!

Jim Withers

January 1, 2020

I met Jeanette through my work/friendship relationship with Sam. She was a lovely woman and so very thoughtful. We have stayed in contact since Sam’s passing. She checked in on my health even though she was having more pain/problems than me. I will miss our conversations but am glad Jeanette is now pain free and probably serving sno-cones with Sam, or camping at some beach in Heaven.

Donna Cole

January 1, 2020

Joe, I was sad to hear of Jeanette’s passing. Such a wonderful woman, mother & grandmother. She loved you and her family so much, I know you will all miss her and her cheer, again a Special Woman. I wish you all healing and great memories.
Donna Cole

Lisa Wise

December 31, 2019

Jeanette was an absolutely wonderful women who loved her family. I am so very grateful that I had the opportunity to have her in my life. Jeanette is my daughters grandmother, she would check on Catherine almost weekly. She will be very much missed by all. Sending many prayers to her family and friends. I am so glad to know that she is now back with her beloved Sam ( the love of her life )