Marvin Byron Smith III

August 21, 1935September 5, 2021

Marvin B. “Jerry” Smith, III of St. Simons Island, GA died September 5, 2021.

Jerry graduated from Woodberry Forest Prep School in 1954 where he was a Prefect and served on the Chapel Council, as well as having participated in several sports. After Woodberry, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an A. B. in Economics and was a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity. He also proudly served in the US Marine Corps.

During a distinguished career in Real Estate Marketing, Sales and Development, he served as President of Byron Development Corp., Chapel Hill, NC; Vice President of Sales of Sea Pines Co., Hilton Head Is., S.C.; Vice President in charge of sales at Linganore Corp., Frederick. MD; Vice President of Marketing and Sales of Tanglewood on Texoma Corp. near Dallas, TX; Executive Marketing Consultant for Guy F. Atkinson Assoc., San Francisco and San Jose, CA; President of Realty Associates, Hilton Head Is., SC; Marketing Director for the King and Prince Development Company, St. Simons Island, GA.

After retirement, Jerry discovered a God-given gift and became an accomplished portrait and landscape artist, known for his Flemish-style oil paintings.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon Helmly Smith, two daughters, Murray Smith Parker and Page Smith of Charlotte, NC; son-in-law, Gary Parker; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Smith; and three granddaughters, Rosemary Parker, Emma Grace Parker, and Whitney Smith. Jerry’s son, M. Byron Smith, IV, predeceased him. Jerry’s cousins are James H. Smith, Jr. (Chris) of Burlington and William H. Smith (Sue) of Greensboro. His funeral service will be at noon, Friday September 10, 2021, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church followed by the interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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    Friday, September 10, 2021


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Richard Hines

September 17, 2021

Dear Sharon and Murray,
My heart goes out to youall. Ann died June 1, 2021 so we grieve together. Since the eight grade, when Jerry moved to Edenton, we have created so many memories. Although our lives separated in the last few years we remained together through our shared faith in Jesus. May youall be comforted knowing that Jerry is with Him and that one day we will all be together for eternity.

In Jesus ' Love and Mine Too.



September 13, 2021

Jerry and Sharon Smith graced the halls of Edenton's finest living quarters, and were humble to a fault. Often when they entered my office, I could see tears in their eyes from having been jostled by life's difficulties, but never to the extent that their actions would have disappointed Jerry's mother, Mrs. Gertrude Shepard Smith Rosevear.
I was honored to have their blessings bestowed upon me as Judge of Probate of Mrs. Rosevear's estate. I learned how to be effective while stern, and how to show compassion through fairness.
Jerry is and will always be held in high regard in our small corner of paradise: Edenton, North Carolina.

john crudup

September 10, 2021

Jerry and I were fraternity brothers . He was three years ahead of me. I admired Jerry. He was especially kind to me my freshmen year. He was one of my favorite people. From time to time I would see Jerry at the Sienna Hotel during football games. It was fun to reminisce old times. I will miss Jerry and my sympathy and condolences to family John Boddie Crudup Jr

Marion Hassell Harris

September 9, 2021

Murray and Page,
I just learned of your father’s death, and am truly sorry for your loss. I hope you will treasure the good memories; those are the ones that will ease your grief and grant you peace. I always think fondly of our times together-years and years ago...
Love, Marion

Blount shepard

September 9, 2021

Sharon ,

Karen and I are sorry for your loss. You and Jerry were a big part of my formation, and I have fond memories of our time together on Hilton Head.

Murray and Page,

My sincere condolences for the loss of your father. Seems like yesterday when my daddy passed. I trust you are both well and hope that better days await you soon.

Cousin Blount

Blount Shepard