Ruth Smith (Bowers) Kennerly

June 3, 1926January 5, 2019
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High Point - Ruth Bowers Smith Kennerly, age 92, of High Point, NC, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019. Ruth was born June 3, 1926 in Peachland, NC, to George and Ada Bowers.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Sechrest Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will be held following the visitation in the Chapel of Sechrest Funeral Home.

Ruth was a lifelong member of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. She taught at Union Hill Elementary School and with Guilford County Schools with over 37 years of service. She grew up playing basketball and loved cheerleading. She enjoyed dancing, traveling, gardening, and had a love for Carolina Beach.

Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, Jeddy Robert Smith; husband, Hal Kennerly; and brother, Bob Bowers.

She is survived by her son, Jeddy D Smith and wife Martha; daughter, Jane Smith Koontz and husband John; grandchildren, Brad Koontz and wife Lauren, Jeff Koontz and wife Selena, Jeddy Smith and wife Laura, Meredith Foster and husband Blake; great grandchildren, Kate, J.J., Sam, Grace, Mackenzie, Caroline, Lottie, and Lilah; brother, Bill Bowers and wife Gert; sister, Sue Bowers Miller and husband Darrell; sister-in-law, Betty Bowers; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to the Alzheimers Association in loving memory of Ruth Bowers Smith Kennerly or a charity of your choice.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Smith-Kennerly family.

Arrangements entrusted by Sechrest Funeral Home, 1301 E. Lexington Ave. High Point, NC, 27262. 336-889-3811.


  • George Bowers, Father
  • Ada Bowers, Mother
  • Jeddy Robert Smith, Husband
  • Hal Kennerly, Husband
  • Jeddy D. Smith and wife Martha, Son
  • Jane Smith Koontz and husband John, Daughter
  • Brad Koontz and wife Lauren, Grandchild
  • Jeff Koontz and wife Selena, Grandchild
  • Jeddy Smith and wife Laura, Grandchild
  • Meredith Foster and husband Blake, Grandchild
  • Bob Bowers, Brother
  • Bill Bowers and wife Gert, Brother
  • Sue Bowers Miller and husband Darrell, Sister
  • Betty Bowers, Sister-in-law
  • Mrs. Kennerly also leaves great grandchildren Kate, J.J., Sam, Grace, Mackenzie, Caroline, Lottie and Lilah as well as several nieces and nephews.

  • Alzheimers Association


  • Visitation Sunday, January 13, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ruth Smith (Bowers) Kennerly

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john gore

January 13, 2019

Jane, Jeddy and Family: So sorry to hear of you mom's passing. Ruth was such a special person. Beautiful both inside and out. I cherish many fond memories of "the sisters" as they tried to control us 4 kids. She was a true gem. My thoughts are with you.

Lynne Vreeland

January 12, 2019

We were so very sorry to hear of Ms. Smith's passing. She was a wonderful lady and we were so blessed to have known her. We always enjoyed hearing stories of Carolina Beach and how both Mr. and Mrs. Smith came to the beach. We will cherish those memories always. Praying for all the family.

Love, The Vreeland Family, Robert, Lynne, William, Jenny, Jimmy, Carolyn, Ashley and Leah Jean.


January 7, 2019

Jeddy very sorry for your loss you and Jane are in our prayers i have many fond memories of our childhood days and the RIVER ROAD INN
i thought the world of your Mom and Dad and your Grandparents GOD BLESS you all

Carolyn Pentz

January 7, 2019

I knew Ruth for many years. She was a wonderful, sweet, caring person. We always had fun together. We will miss her but we know she is in a wonderful place. Carolyn and Paul Pentz

Nan Jones

January 6, 2019

I knew Ruth and Jeddie for many years. we both attended Lexington Ave. Baptist Baptist church for many years. She was A sweet lady.worked with the children in the nurserey for years.and other places in the church. I lived close to Jeddie while attendening Jamestown school rode same school bus..Remember Lottie wanting Jeddie to meet Ruth.He was in Marines. So he did meet her at resturant where Lottie and Bob owned. Lottie fell in love with Ruth before Jeddie saw her.
nan jones

Ray Clodfelter

January 6, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear about this lady, she was a sweet lady. I had her for a teacher at Union Hill school in the 6th grade. Even at a young age I remember how she would help the kids that would be a little slow in learning. Ray Clodfelter