Ruth Smith

Ruth Ballard Smith

Sunday, July 29th, 1923 - Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
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On July 15, 2020 Ruth Ballard Smith of Asheville went to be with her Lord and Maker. She born July 29, 1923 in Pensacola, Yancey County, North Carolina to the late Robert L. and Edith Ray Ballard. Ruth spent her life as a devoted and faithful Christian. She was a product of the great depression and learned its hard lessons well, therefore, she was thrifty, frugal, resourceful, creative and unafraid. She was a true and devoted friend to all who knew her, active in her church and community. She was employed at Beacon Mfg. Co., and then moved to Kearfott, Inc. where she worked for more than thirty years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Shelby Lee Smith of Swannanoa; and five siblings, Helen Ferguson, R.L. Ballard Jr., Ray Willis Ballard, Ruby Wheelon and Emma Ragsdale.

Ruth is survived by two sons, G. Douglas Smith (Nancy) of Pinehurst, NC and J. Tedd Smith (Gail) of Asheville; five grandchildren, Stephanie Bleakley (John), Jennifer Archer, Melissa Smith (Bonnie Boles), Mary Catherine Pisano (Josh) and Shelly Cloninger (Jeremy); ten great grandchildren, Lauren Saye (Nick), Logan and Thomas Bleakley, Abbie and Maddie Archer, Juliana, Eli and Frankie Pisano, Griffin and Ellis Cloninger; and one great-great grandchild, Molly Saye.

Because of Covid, a private graveside service was attended by the immediate family.

The family would like to thank Emerald Ridge Care Facility and Harwood Home for Funerals & Cremation Services for their care and compassion.
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Because of Covid, a private graveside service was attended by the immediate family.


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Susan Sobol Watkins

Posted at 10:48am
Tedd and family, your mother was such a sweet lady, I can remember her being up at Ruby's. Don't see you often but you are always smiling and so friendly. I remember one time years ago when you and Mother were on the same flight into Asheville and you helped her carry a picture off the plane - she loved you. Peace, Susan Sobol Watkins


Posted at 02:11pm
Love and prayers to the family of Miss Ruth. Went to church with her many years ago at Swannanoa Free Will Baptist and she was a dear saint and loved The Lord. Glad it’s over for her here and gone to be with Jesus! Carl & Annette Pullium

Brenda Wright

Posted at 07:43pm
Ruth was a precious lady and a wonderful neighbor and friend ❤ sending love and prayers to her precious family .

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