Getsy Ball Smithey

February 8, 1918March 25, 2018
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Getsy Ball Smithey, a longtime resident of Catawba County, died of natural causes at Catawba Valley Medical Center on March 25, 2018. Mrs. Smithey celebrated her 100th birthday on February 8, 2018. She was the daughter of the late John Avery and Laura Marlow Ball, of Wilkes County. Mrs. Smithey was a faithful lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to her church life, she was an accomplished homemaker, a wonderful cook and baker, and a devoted wife and mother. She was a retiree of Joan Fabrics Corporation, where she worked for many years as a fabric inspector and mender. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Lonnie Tedro Smithey; six sons, Alvin, Donald, Douglas, Johnny Lee, and two unnamed infants. Also preceding her in death are a great-grandson, Shane Buckner, and a son-in-law, Wayne Padgett. Three brothers, Gwen, Wilford, and Henry Ball; six sisters, Florence Bostian, Lessie Anderson, Ina Mae Bostic, Goldie Moore, Lacie Woodie, and Beatrice Wilson also preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, Cecil Smithey (Nancy) of Hickory; two daughters, Linda Padgett of Claremont, and Lavonne Barker (Henry) of Hickory; two daughter-in-laws, Dee Smithey of Conover, and Jaynie Smithey Eckard (Jimmy) of Hickory, one brother, Lewis Ball (Norma Shay) of Philippe, WV. Mrs. Smithey is survived by twelve grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, and fourteen great-great grandchildren. Memorial services for Gesty Smithey will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Hickory Chapel, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 2pm with Bishop Dalan Garcia officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:45pm prior to the service. Burial will follow service at Catawba Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Chris Smithey, Craig Smithey, Curt Smithey, Cory Smithey, Jamen Smithey, Alec Smithey, Patrick Barker, and Daniel Caldwell. Honorary pallbearers include, Eldon Caldwell, Larry Johnson, Tony Hawn, Michael Hodges, and Jordan Huffman. Mrs. Smithey’s family would like to extend special thanks to: Hickory Village Memory Care, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hospice of Catawba County, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Memorials May be made to Catawba Regional Hospice at 3975 Robinson Rd. Newton, NC 28658, and or to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Missionary Fund at 4065 N Center St. Hickory, NC 28601. Condolences may be left at The Smithey Family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.


  • John Avery Ball, Father
  • Laura Jane Ball, Mother
  • Lonnie Tedro Smithey, Husband
  • Linda Padgett, Daughter
  • Wayne Padgett, Son-in-law
  • Lavonne Barker, Daughter
  • Henry Barker, Son-in-law
  • Cecil Smithey, Son
  • Nancy Smithey, Daughter-in-law
  • Alvin Smithey, Son
  • Donald Smithey, Son
  • Douglas Smithey, Son
  • Johnny Lee Smithey, Son
  • 2 unnamed infants, Son
  • Shane Barker, Great Grandson
  • Gwen Ball, Brother
  • Wilford Ball, Brother
  • Henry Ball, Brother
  • Lewis Ball, Brother
  • Norma Shay Ball, Sister-in-law
  • Florence Bostian, Sister
  • Lessie Anderson, Sister
  • Ina Mae Bostic, Sister
  • Goldie Moore, Sister
  • Lacie Woodie, Sister
  • Beatrice Wilson, Sister
  • Dee Smithey, Daughter-in-law
  • Jaynie Eckard, Daughter-in-law
  • Twelve Grandchildren, Twenty-one Great Grandchildren, and fourteen Great-Great Grandchildren.

  • Chris Smithey, Active Pallbearer
  • Craig Smithey, Active Pallbearer
  • Curt Smithey, Active Pallbearer
  • Cory Smithey, Active Pallbearer
  • Jamen Smithey, Active Pallbearer
  • Alec Smithey, Active Pallbearer
  • Patrick Barker, Active Pallbearer
  • Daniel Caldwell, Active Pallbearer
  • Eldon Caldwell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Larry Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tony Hawn, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Michael Hodges, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jordan Huffman, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Catawba Regional Hospice
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Missionary Fund


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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Jessica White

March 27, 2018

Linda Aragon

March 26, 2018

Getsy it is my pleasure to have known you 37 years. From the moment you were born and till the day of your death your life was on a journey. Your days of your pilgrimage were a gift from the Lord. The days you had while on earth for 100 years was a treasured gift from our Creator. Your life was lived in an exemplary way with God first. h We first met you and dad in Hawaii in 1981 when my son and I went to visit my brother Wayne stationed there in the United States Army along with your beautiful daughter Linda. We had a blast playing Uno, going to flea markets wheeling and dealing looking for Treasures from Hawaii and enjoying our vacation together as a family. You and dad left a few days earlier than us. Security made you open your luggage which was very upsetting for you. It ended well but left you embarrassed due to they saw your panties. My son and I visited you several times prior to moving to North Carolina in 2003. You and dad became like parents to me. I will always remember your cream corn breakfast and pickled eggs. Family would sit on front porch and share stories. Looking at the best tasting tomatoes you grew right off your front porch in your beautiful home of many years in Conover. My son still remembers going camping with you and Dad and Dad saying son do you see that red truck, don't lose sight of it. You were like a grandparent he never had. I was blessed to attend yearly your family reunions at Sloan Park meeting with your awesome brother and sisters along with extended family and all kinds of delicious home-cooked food served with love.
God blessed you with with wonderful children, grandchildren great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren that loves you dearly. You are the matriarch of the family. You will be missed but not forgotten. God took your hand escorted you into heaven to spend eternity with Him and your loved ones that have gone on before you. Rest in Peace Always in our Hearts Linda Aragon & Nathan Allen



      Getsy Smithey was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Getsy will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Getsy was born on February 8, 1918 in the Gilreath Community, Wilkes County, North Carolina in township of Brushy Mountain, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Avery and Laura Jane Marlow Ball. Getsy grew up in Wilkes County.

      Getsy was raised with ten siblings. She had four brothers, Gwen, Wilford, Henry and Lewis, and six sisters, Florence, Lessie, Ina Mae, Goldie, Lacie and Beatrice. Getsy was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

       Empathic and loyal, Getsy was committed to making her new family happy.

      Getsy worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Getsy was blessed with nine children, Cecil, Linda, Alvin, Lavonne, Donald, Douglas, Johnny Lee and two unnamed. Another blessing for Getsy was the gift of twelve grandchildren, Chris, Craig, Curt, Cory, Saundra, Cheryl, Jamen, Yvette, Christy, Denise, Patrick and Julie.

      Fortunately, Getsy enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Getsy worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was inspector/mender at Joan Fabrics. She was employed for many years and retired from Joan Fabrics. Getsy always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Getsy enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were quilt making and growing tomatoes. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Throughout her life, Getsy was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Throughout her later years, Getsy was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Relief Society.

      Getsy was a woman who took pride in upholding her beliefs. So it is little wonder that she took an active role in her community, serving on committees for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

      Getsy’s faith was important to her. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. During that time, she was an active member of the building fund committee.

      Getsy enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included camping in the mountains and going to the beach.

      Getsy was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Rosie, her dog. They were best friends for more than 4 years.

       In retirement, she found new pleasure in homemeking and baking cakes for friends. Even in retirement, Getsy continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Getsy was active in her new community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.

      Getsy passed away on March 25, 2018 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, North Carolina of natural causes. She is survived by her children Cecil, Linda, Lavonne; her 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and her 14 great-great grandchildren. Services were held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Hickory, North Carolina. Getsy was laid to rest in Catawba Memorial Park, Hickory, North Carolina.

      Simply stated, Getsy was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Getsy leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Getsy Smithey.