Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home

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Viola Elizabeth Smith

January 29, 1936May 18, 2020

Viola Elizabeth “Beth” Haupt Smith, age 84, of Newton, NC, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020 at her home. She was born in Statesville, NC to Charles Edward “Ed” Haupt Sr. and Frances Viola Yount Haupt. She graduated from Newton-Conover High School in 1954 and attended Limestone College and Salem College.

Beth was employed as a Medical Lab Technologist with Richard Baker Hospital in Hickory before joining the family furniture business, Haupt Manufacturing. She was the publisher of the “Furniture Buyers Guide” and continued as a salesperson for furniture supplies for the industry. Beth and her daughter, Kathleen, established The Swatch Shop.

Lake life played an important role in Beth’s life. She and her husband, Robert, were introduced on the lake and later raised their family on the water each weekend throughout the summers. Beth enjoyed golf and had a love for tennis. In retirement, she met a special friend, Art Viles, with whom she enjoyed traveling and hiking. Above all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.

Beth was baptized by Rev. George Mennen at Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover. She was later raised and confirmed at Grace Reformed United Church of Christ in Newton, where she was active with Youth, Sunday School and Bible Study. Beth enjoyed her weekly visits to support the residents of Abernethy Laurels Retirement Home. Her interest in genealogy studies of her family ancestry linked her family to Revolutionary War Captain Daniel Little and widened the relationship of many in her community. She remained an active member of The Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

In addition to her parents, Beth was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Smith, Jr.; her daughters, Katherine Lee Smith and Kathleen Elizabeth Smith; and her special friend, Art Viles.

She is survived by her son, William Edward Smith and his wife, Kathryne Buff “Buffy” Smith and their children, Kathryne Elizabeth Smith and Robert Edmisten Smith; and brother, Charles Edward “Eddie” Haupt Jr. Special thanks to her caregivers, Jane Schronce and Catherine Browning and the wonderful hospice team at Carolina Caring. Most importantly, thank you to her granddaughter, Kathryne, for returning home from her first year of college unexpectedly and being here to unselfishly assist in her care.

A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Ryan Brakemeyer officiating at Eastview Cemetery in Newton. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Reformed United Church of Christ, 117 East J Street, Newton, NC 28658.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, May 22, 2020


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Betty Griffin

May 27, 2020

Beth's lovely smile never changed from high school to retirement. This bright, personable, individual will definitely be missed by family and friends. My deepest sympathy is extended to the family. Prayers undergird you. Let your love for her and the wonderful memories you shared together keep her with you. May your sadness be replaced with joy in the confidence of her eternal home. Asking God to hold you in the palm of His hand.


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