Hickory Funeral Home

1031 11th Avenue Blvd SE, Hickory, NC


Phyllis Eileen (Eisele) Smith

November 6, 1933May 8, 2020

Phyllis Eileen Smith (Granny) of Hickory passed away Friday, May 8 at her home with her family by her side. Phyllis was born November 6, 1933 in Huntington, Indiana to the late Emmett and Corinne Eisele. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Eugene D Smith, her sister Barbara Blood, her brother David Eisele, her son-in-law Charles Oberle, and her grandsons Cody Smith and James Howard.

Phyllis graduated from Statesville High School in 1952 and attended East Carolina University. She married the late Gene Smith on July 1, 1956. Phyllis was an active member of Saint Aloysius Catholic Church where she spent much of her time volunteering. She also volunteered at CCM and delivered Meals on Wheels for 30 plus years. She was a devout Catholic and was loved by the entire congregation.

Phyllis is survived by her seven children, Eddie Smith and Sandy, Steven Smith and wife Gina, Deborah Oberle, Alex Smith and his wife Karla, Pat Smith and his wife Susan, Alicia Howard and her husband Scott, Bea Good and her husband Randy. She is also survived by her sister Carolyn and the late Buddy Brawley, her sister Dodie and the late Joe Sink, her brother Doug Eisele and wife Sally, her brother Pete Eisele and wife Loretta, her brother Jim Eisele and the late Becky Eisele, her brother John Eisele, her brother Alan Eisele and wife Bonita, and her sister Pris and the late Michael Kimel.

She is also survived by her grandchildren Clay Smith, Ashley Smith and fiancé Johnny Massengale, Sarah Lee and husband Jordan, Dana McRary and husband Graham, Tyler Smith, Erik Smith and wife Hannah, Nick Oberle, Dalton Oberle and fiancé Jessica Lauren, Caroline Sharrits and husband Spencer, Olivia Howard and fiancé Jason Early, Alison Oberle Billington and husband Hunter, Rachel Good, Julia Cruz Batres and husband Mario, Parker Howard, and Thomas Good. Also she was survived by great grandchildren Lily Smith, Lachlan McRary, Colt Billington, and Emma Ruth McRary.

The receiving will be at Saint Aloysius Catholic Church Monday May 11 from 12:00 to 2:30 pm. Private mass will follow at 3:00 pm with Father Larry LoMonaco presiding. There will be a Virtual Mass online for those who cannot attend - https://Vimeo.com/416675627. Inurnment will follow at a later date. Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Memorials may be made to Carolina Caring at 3975 Robinson Road, Newton NC 28658 or visit their website at carolinacaring.org. Also memorials may be made to Saint Aloysius Catholic Church at 921 2nd Street NE, Hickory NC 28601.


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Lee Johnson

May 11, 2020

Your mother was a very special lady whom I loved very much. I always looked forward to her coming by Uncle Doug's office as she would always make it a point to visit with me and share family news. Please know that my prayers and love are with each of you today and in the days that follow.


Wendy Hefner

May 11, 2020

Please except our condolences from the residents and staff of Trinity Ridge Senior Living Community, Hickory. Phyllis was a dedicated volunteer for us for many years and was a true friend to many of our residents and staff. We will keep you all in thought and prayers.

Loretta Eisele

May 10, 2020

Phyllis will remain in our hearts forever.
God Bless
Loretta, Pete, and Peter

Anna Ivory

May 9, 2020

Your mom was a sweet lady and loved her family more than anything. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of visiting her and your Dad when Bea and I were roommates many years ago. Hoping the happy memories will make the days ahead easier for all of you. Take care- Anna

Kecia Dover

May 9, 2020

Such a special lady to me!!!! My mom didn’t drive so Ms. Smith would pick me up to attend 4HClub!!! She would take turns with another friend of ours mom too!!!! My parents truly appreciated you!! So did I !!! Rest In Peace!!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽❤️

Kecia Parsons Dover!

Carol Desmarais

May 9, 2020

Aunt Phyllis & Uncle Gene always had an open door to welcome family and friends to their home. And there were many, many FuN Times shared by ALL whom entered their home. I’ll always treasure the most special occasions we were able to share together! Love to ALL my cousins and their families as they prepare for this Most Special woman, my Aunt Phyllis, “Celebration of Life”...She was an extraordinarily “giving” woman whom loved so many others. Loved her spunkiness and Love for Life together with those so near & dear to her heart. Many tears will fall as we bid you farewell to our life together with you Aunt Phyllis but a Most Joyous Celebration in Heaven as they receive a Most Special Angel 😇 LOVE to ALL the Family💜 Carol


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