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Terry Daniel Smith

Terry Smith, 63, of Sylva, passed away peacefully on February 17th, 2019. Terry was an avid fisherman and loved nothing more than to spend the weekends with his fishing buddies on the Tuckasegee River. Terry loved sports and was an accomplished athlete at both Sylva-Webster High School and at Appalachian State University where he played football, baseball and ran track. Terry is survived in death by his son; Matt Smith, two sisters; Donna Jones and Teresa Lightner; and one brother; Joey Owen. He is also survived by his nephews; Travis Jones, Adam Wellenbrock, Spencer Wika, Trent Lightner, Joey Allred, and Trevor Chamberlain and his niece; Shelby Allred, along with a host of other friends and family.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Appalachian Funeral Services with Rev. Earl Holden and Rev. Geoff Whitaker officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:00 until 2:00 pm.

An online registry is available at: www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

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Just learned of this and my heart aches. The world is a sadder place without Terrys smile and laugh. Love and prayers to the family.

Andy Carcirieri Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM

I am just now finding this out. Terry was like a brother. My love to you all.

Houston Thomas Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM

Im sorry to be giving my Condolences to the family so late as I just learned about this because I live out of state. Im in a nursing home and dont get much news but I graduated with Terry and want you all to know you are in my prayers.

Mike Deitz Mar 12 2019 12:00 AM

Donna, Very sorry to hear about Terry.

Susan Haskett Hester Feb 27 2019 12:00 AM

Dearest Matt, Please know that my thoughts are with you entire family. Terry will be greatly missed, especially here at the farm in Horse Shoe. His visits were always helpful and so much fun. He always fit in. So glad he came to visit the week- end of the Super Bowl to watch the game with us. He and I had pizza and ginger ale on my steps because of the unusually warm and beautiful February day, then so soon afterwards he was gone. Love his heart.

Patricia Pope (Packa) Feb 23 2019 12:00 AM

Michelle Payne Feb 22 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Terry Smith

Michelle Payne Feb 22 2019 12:00 AM

Thinking of Matt and the family! Terry was so good to me as a freshman at App and we enjoyed so many good times and talks/laughs over the years. He was a great friend and we always said "love ya brother" before hanging the phone up! He was like a big brother to me thru the years! RIP Brother! Luv u and Miss u!

Steve Brown Feb 22 2019 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to Matt and the family for your loss. I lived next door to Terry my freshman year at App. From day one, he was kind and inclusive to this rookie and I appreciated his friendship. Later, the occasions we spent fishing with the group in Sylva were always fun and filled with laughter, old stories, and lively conversations. He will be missed but remembered.

Chris Patterson Feb 22 2019 12:00 AM

I am so very sad to learn of Terrys passing. I am ashamed to admit that I had lost contact with him after being so close for a number of years. Terry loved life and was always truly the life of the party. For many years we were close friends and neighbors and Terry was always there for anyone who needed him. I remember how incredibly happy and proud he was when his son Matt was born. He loved being a dad. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Although we lost touch, I will always remember our friendship and I am so glad I got to know Terry. Rest In Peace old friend.

Doug Bushby Feb 21 2019 12:00 AM

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