Rev. Edward O'dell Smith
He was the son of the late Eva O'dell and Haskell Volley Smith. Mr. Smith attended public schools in Bristol, Tenn., was a graduate of Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia and Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va. Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Army; was an overseas missionary for the Presbyterian Church in Brazil; pastored the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City, Tenn.; was the Dean of Students and Professor of Theology and Religion at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. He was an active community volunteer, with Meals on Wheels and had served as the Chaplain for Cannon Memorial Hospital for many years.
Upon retirement from Lees-McRae College, Mr. Smith was pastor of Arbor Dale Presbyterian Church, Banner Elk.
Mr. Smith is survived by daughters Mimi Smith Gossett of Newland, and Carrie Smith Morningstar and husband Jonathan of Mauldin, SC; sons Mark O. Smith and wife Kathy of Roanoke, VA; Joshua H. Smith and wife Lisa of Montezuma; Patrick Sean Smith and wife Tracy of Hillsborough; granddaughters Maggie Smith Holland and husband Zach, Mason Smith, Emma Smith and Erin Smith; grandsons Hunter Gossett, Max Smith, Ethan Smith, Spencer Smith, Riley Morningstar and Jonah Morningstar.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-three years Patricia Rees Smith; his sisters, Nora O'dell Smith, Patricia Smith Adams; and grandson Jackson Spencer Gossett.
A memorial service will be held 2 p. m. Friday, March 29th at the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dr. Tee Gatewood will be officiating the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arbor Dale Presbyterian Church, PO Box 235,Banner
Elk, NC 28604 or Cannon Memorial Hospital, PO Box 767, Linville, NC 28646.
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Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Smith family.
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