Powell Lee Smith Jr.

June 17, 1944January 3, 2019

Powell Lee "Smitty" Smith Jr., age 74 of Denver NC passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Thursday, January 3rd 2019 at Springs of Catawba in Hickory.

Powell was born June 17, 1944 in Charleston SC to the late Powell Lee Smith and Christine Bost Smith of Newton. Powell attended Newton - Conover High School and Oak Ridge Military Academy in Oak Ridge TN. He worked in sales throughout his career and found selling real estate around the Lake Norman area most enjoyable. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed spending time on the coast with his family and friends. Powell was an accomplished sport pilot and a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain.

Those left to cherish his memories are his three sons, Scott Smith of Newton, Andrew Smith and Zack Smith of Denver and 4 grandchildren.

A celebration of Powell’s life will be held at the Willis Reynolds Funeral Home, 56 Northwest Blvd., Newton, NC 28658 828-464-0131, Tuesday, January 8, 3:00 o’clock pm with the Reverend Lara Greene officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-2:45 prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions be made in Powell’s name to the Alzheimer's Association, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209,


  • Receiving of Friends and Family Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Powell Lee Smith Jr.

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Dene Scott Smith

January 12, 2019

On behalf of the family of Powell Smith, Jr., we'd like to thank all of those who attended the service last week. Those who grew up with "Smitty" shared memories and such kind words and we were most grateful. To the class of 1962 and those who knew him as a young boy, we thank you for remembering!
To Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home staff, we were so pleased with your help and kindness during this time. Thank You!


January 11, 2019

Knew Smitty from First Methodist Church where we learned about JESUS at an early age. His mother taught our Sunday School class at one time. Then in school was on the high school prom committee with him and remember painting and working on decorations in his families basement. He was always caring and polite a young man that your mom would like for you to bring home. He was very popular at school and everyone loved him. I extend my sincerest sympathies to his family.

Phyllis Brown

January 10, 2019

On behalf of the Newton Conover Class of 1962, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to Powell's family. His obituary was viewed and posted today on our class website. We remember him as a handsome fun loving friend. You have our love and prayers. May God bless each of you always.