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Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home

56 Northwest Blvd., Newton, NC

OBITUARY

James "Ed" Edward Smith Sr.

June 23, 1944September 21, 2019
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James Edward “Ed” Smith, Sr., age 75, of Claremont, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.

Born June 23, 1944 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Calvin Settlemyre and Virginia Elizabeth Smith. He was a member of Sweetwater Presbyterian Church in Hickory. Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Ed is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Betty Smith; son, James Edward Smith, Jr.; daughters, Natalie Smith Ortega (Octavio), Julie Montoya (Elbert), Jacqueline Smith, Velet Hager (Roger); 16 grandchildren, Jessica Smith, Samuel Smith, Coni Ortega, Kerri Banks, Aaron Smith, Jon Luc Smith, Chyanne Ortega, Adriana Marroquin, Kyle Marroquin, James E. Smith, III, John Paul Smith, Charlie Xandier Smith, Emily Smith, Leddie August Smith, J.C. Owens, Melody Hager and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service to celebrate Ed’s life will be held at 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Sweetwater Presbyterian Church with Rev. Joanne Glaser officiating.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 at the church.

Betty would like to express her sincere thanks to her sister and her rock, Karen Spencer, for her support during the last 4 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sweetwater Presbyterian Church, 500 21st Street, SE, Hickory, NC 28602.

Services

  • Receiving of Friends and Family Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 28, 2019

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Natalie Ortega

October 1, 2019

Daddy you are and always will be my HERO. Love you beyond eternity.

Velet Hager

September 29, 2019

Ed you were like a dad to me but always called you papaw cause you are my kids papaw. We loved you and will miss you dearly. Love Velet, JC, and Melody

Velet Hager

September 23, 2019

The memory that I have is my son going over to papaws to drink his tea.

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