The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21. We, as a family, are grieving the loss of our precious Jeffrey Richard Smith, 49, who was born Nov. 4, 1969, in Chicago, Illinois, to his loving parents Richard Dale Smith and Alice Fay Mills Smith. A follower of Jesus, Jeff was called home to his real and forever home Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, surrounded by immediate family and cradled in the arms of his wife, Cyndi, who shared a love relationship they each considered to be a rarest and precious gift.
Jeff was a beloved UPS delivery man, and he also leaves an entire mountain community of dear and much-loved customers in the northern end of Mitchell County, including Bakersville.
Jeff leaves behind this side of heaven many family members whom he loved deeply; his parents, Richard and Alice Smith, of Fairview; children, Dylan Nelson, of Leicester, Jerrica Alize Smith, of the home, Jacob Smith, of Greeley, and Silas Smith, of Leicester; two stepchildren, William Leavell IV “Moses,” of Texas, and Miriam Leavell, of the home, who is affectingly known as “Mindy”; a sister, Alissa Franks, and her husband, Jeff; two nephews, Trevor and Chase Franks; a dear cousin/brother, Rick Rodriguez; mother and father-in-law, Richard and Carol Ackner; sister-in-law, Vikki Conner, and her children, Grace and Abi; a brother-in-law, Reade Ackner, and his wife, Mollie, and their children, Owen and Aaron.
The family received friends from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Stoney Mountain Baptist Church in Hendersonville.
The funeral service was 3 p.m. at the church with Pastor Thomas Holbrooks officiating. Burial followed at Cane Creek Cemetery in Fairview.
An online memorial guest register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
Mitchell News-Journal • Nov. 21, 2018