July 15, 2021, 72, La Grange –
Benjamin Gerald “Jerry” Smith, 72, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Jerry was born in Lenoir County to the late John Paul “Jack” and Glennie P. Smith on January 9, 1949. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gregory Paul Smith; and a grandson, Seth Strong.
Known to get a little loud and be more than a bit stubborn, Jerry was determined to do things his way. He had a strong will and great determination, and more often than not, “Jerry’s way” was indeed the best way.
Spending time boating on the water was one of Jerry’s favorite pastimes. He looked forward to weeks at Kerr Lake where he could enjoy the warmth of the sun and the cool breeze off the water. This time could only be rivaled by time spent on the fairways. Jerry loved to golf and lived to golf. He took every opportunity to play alongside his buddies, which made any day a great day.
Cooking was a skill that came natural for Jerry, and his family looked forward to many dishes from his kitchen. His pickled eggs were a delicacy often enjoyed by his son and his excellence in baking brought about many pies for the family to share.
A gathering to honor and remember Jerry’s life will be held privately by the family at a later date.
Jerry is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Smith Strong and husband, Rusty, of Norfolk, Virginia; son, John S. Smith and wife, Sherrie, of Kinston; grandchildren, Mason, Anna, Sumer, Taylor, and Tucker; brother, Michael Edward Smith and wife, Sherry; sister, Patricia Ann Smith; and sister-in-law, Gayle Smith.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.