Rev. Jerry Steven Smith

June 14, 1948 ~ March 23, 2021 (age 72)

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Rev. Jerry Steven Smith, age 72 of North Wilkesboro passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. 

Memorial services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, March 26, 2021 at Maple Springs Baptist Church in Purlear with Rev. David Winebarger, Rev. Hadley Triplett, Rev. Scott Church and Rev. John T. Vannoy, III officiating.   Military Honors by the Marine Corps League Brushy Mtn. Detachment will follow.

 Rev. Smith was born June 14, 1948 in Wilkes County to Lester Clarence and Bertha White Smith.  He served as pastor of Maple Springs Baptist Church in Purlear for over 25 years.  He was a volunteer for Wilkes ADAP and past committee member of the Wilkes County Special Olympics.  Jerry worked to help form the Marine Corps League Brushy Mtn. Detachment where he served as Commandant, then coordinated the “Toys for Tots” campaign for 10 years.  He also served the Guardian Ad Litem program for 10 years. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters; Blanche Elledge, Grace Hayes, Darnell Billings, Deborah Smith and Annie Billings, one brother; J.C. Smith. 

He is survived by his wife; Rita McLean Smith of the home, one daughter; Jessica Marie Smith of North Wilkesboro, two sons; Stacy Edward Smith and Nikki Pierce of Charlotte, Anthony Steven Smith of Charleston, SC, three grandchildren; Ava Grace Smith, Abigail Marie Smith and Nathaniel Wiggs, four sisters; Barbara Eller, Waynie Crysel, Kay Fox and husband Richard and Peggy Pruitt and husband Ronnie, four brothers; Claude Smith and wife Helen, C.L. Smith and wife Jessie, Jesse Smith, Archie Smith and wife Mary. 

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Maple Springs Baptist Church in Purlear, c/o Kathy Hamby, 671 Rom Eller Road, Ferguson, NC 28624. 

The family lovingly requests that anyone attending the service wear a face covering. 

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Memorial Service
March 26, 2021

2:00 PM
Maple Springs Baptist Church (Purlear)
120 Casey's Branch Road
Purlear, North Carolina 28665

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Maple Springs Baptist Church c/o Kathy Hamby
671 Rom Eller Road, Ferguson NC 28624

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