Katherine “Kay” Sholar Smith

October 20, 1939 - November 23, 2023
Katherine “Kay” Sholar Smith

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Katherine “Kay” Sholar Smith, 84 passed away on November 23, 2023 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center. She was born on October 20, 1939, in Wilmington, NC, the daughter of the late Alexander M. Sholar, Jr. and Elsie Hollis Sholar.

Surviving are her two daughters, Allison S. Saunders of Bluffton, SC and Kimberly S. Galentine, husband, Clint of Wilmington, NC. Four loving grandchildren, Austin and Lexi Saunders, Max Collins and Garrett Galentine, one brother, Rev. Al M. Sholar and wife, Brenda of Creedmoor, NC and several nieces and nephews.

Kay was a lifetime member of Winter Park Baptist Church. Where she loved singing in the choir, enjoyed being a part of the Senior Adult Ministry and the Sonshine Sunday School Class. She served on various committees. Kay was a 1958 graduate of New Hanover High School and 1960 a graduate of Wilmington Jr. College. She was proud to have been a part of the ground breaking ceremony for UNCW. Her career was in Banking for over Forty years, First Citizens Bank, Carolina Savings and Loan, and BB&T.

A memorial service will be conducted 11:30 AM Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at Winter Park Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM till service time.

A private family burial will take place at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers you can make memorials to Winter Park Baptist Church, 4700 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403.

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  • December 19, 2023
    KATHY MERCER says:
    Kay was a good woman, in every sense of the word. And her sense of humor was even better. She was a positive person and saw the humor in everything. My heart goes out to her girls and their families as they grieve her loss. Loss, but not lost. We know where she is, more alive than ever! 'Til we meet again!

  • December 17, 2023
    Brenda McAdams says:
    Kimberly and Allison I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I understand the service will be on Wednesday, due to circumstances, I will not be able to attend the service. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with both of you and the family.

  • December 14, 2023
    Edie Lockamy says:
    Kay was one of my sister's best friends, and our Friday night dance parties always included me (their little brother. Kay's Dad was my Sunday School teacher and had a huge influence in my life as a youngster. Kay and her family will always be remembered as part of the Lockamy family...so grateful for all of them.

  • December 13, 2023
    Susan Smith Ritter says:
    Kay was an excellent sister-in-law to us Smith girls, Kathy, Julie, and myself. She was so present in conversations, always so genuine and loving. And always that beautiful laugh!! I'll always treasure those early years watching her mother her girls. She loaned me her prized high chair when I became a mother, she told me the best years of her life were laughing and playing with her girls in that chair. Kay was gifted in many ways, her fantastic personality never ceased. I remember her signature Christmas trees, my favorite the gorgeous sparkly sand dollar ornaments that she had collected. She was extremely creative and passed that along to her girls. Nobody loved being a Mother more than Kay, seeing Allison and Kimberly today is proof of that. I will always cherish and remember her in my heart.

  • December 13, 2023
    Barbara byrd lit a candle:
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