Herbert W. Smith

June 26, 1941 - August 23, 2020
Herbert W. Smith

Herbert W. Smith passed away at his home on Sunday, August 23, 2020, surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 26, 1941 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina to Leticia (Lettie) Haynes and George (Hub) Herbert Smith.

Herb is Survived by his wife of 43 wonderful years, Betty (Fred) Moffitt Smith of Wilmington, North Carolina, daughter Caroline Smith Johnson of Elon, North Carolina, grandsons Horace Mann (Ouade) Johnson III of Elon, North Carolina, Smith Alexander Johnson of Elon, North Carolina and “brother of the heart”, Robbie Davis (Sarah) of Johnson City, Tennessee. He was proceeded in death by “brother of the heart”, Lionel Yow (Connie) of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Herb graduated from Central High School in Charlotte, North Carolina and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science from East Tennessee State University in 1967. Herb moved to Wilmington in 1971 and became a partner of Dixie Forming and Building Specialties in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Herb loved hunting, fishing, snow skiing, and anything to do with boating. He could light up a room with a smile and have everyone laughing with his stories. He was always interested in everyone around him, a true friend, a kind man and a Southern Gentleman. He will be truly missed and leave a great void within his “Tribe”.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

The family thanks everyone for the all the love and support they have received and request memorials in honor of Herb be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and St. Jude or a charity of their choice.

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  • August 26, 2020
    Kirk & Carol Crumpler says:
    Our love to you and Caroline. Herb will be missed.

  • August 27, 2020
    AVERY & DIXIE WILMETH says:
    Fred: our deepest condolences. what a shock. Herb was one of the happiest, kindest people we have ever known. love and blessings to you and your family.

  • August 28, 2020
    Robert & Linda Stewart says:
    Fred, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Herb was a treasure to all and will be missed.

  • August 28, 2020
    Clint North says:
    What a great guy with a giant smile and a heart of gold. He will be missed!!

  • August 28, 2020
    Becky Pennington Reaves says:
    Dearest Fred, I remember how much you loved each other all those years ago. You are in my thoughts and Prayers. God Bless !!