The Transylvania Times -

James Eugene "Gene" Smith


April 30, 2018

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James Eugene "Gene" Smith

James Eugene "Gene" Smith, 51, of Balsam Grove, passed away Friday, April 27, 2018, at his sister's home after he courageously fought a battle with a lengthy illness.

Born in Buncombe County June 7, 1966, to Robert Charles Smith. His mother, Viola Lunsford Smith, preceded him in death.

He was a very hard worker. He enjoyed listening to pop music. He loved his family especially his great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, survivors include his brothers, Allen Smith and wife, Lana, of Silversteen, and Bobby Smith, of Hendersonville; sister, Rhonda Lekan and husband, Eric, of Balsam Grove; nieces, Amanda Smith, Brandy Hall, and Nicole Isaacs; nephews, Cody Lance and David Smith; and five great-nieces and one great-nephew.

A private family memorial service will be held.

Moody-Connolly Life Celebrations is caring for the family.

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