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Henry Gene Smith, Sr.

August 13, 1937 — September 30, 2023


Henry Gene Smith, Sr., 86, of Siler City, went to home to Jesus Saturday, September 30th, 2023, surrounded by loving family.

He was born August 13, 1937, in Rutherford County, North Carolina to his parents, Jesse & Callie Calvert Smith. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister – Zerma Robertson, and brothers Link Smith, Howard Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lynda Diggle Smith of Siler City. Two sons, Shawn Smith (Amanda) from Atlanta, GA, and Henry G. Smith, Jr (Mollie) of Siler City, NC. He is survived by six grandchildren: Brantley Smith, Finnley Smith, Sierra Bullard (Zac), Colton Todd, Henry Christopher Smith, and Charles Smith. He is survived by one great grandson, Brooks Bullard.  

Henry spent his entire career in the automobile business starting with Smith Auto Sales which he shared with his late brother, Howard. Beginning in 1964, Henry and Howard would travel weekly to Washington, DC to purchase cars for distribution in the south. Over 18 years, they created lifelong friendships and countless stories that they loved to share. Henry was also a proud General Motors Dealer for over 25 years as the owner -operator of Chatham Motors.

He was on the Chatham Hospital Board, First Union bank/Wachovia of Siler city, and the past president of the Chatham County Rescue Squad. Henry loved golfing Wednesday and Sunday afternoons with his friends Terry Andrews, Bill Milholen & Steve Palmer. He was a member of the Chatham County Wildlife Club, Siler City Country Club, and Collard Club.  He was always very happy and never complained about anything. Henry had a huge passion for cars and loved Lake Wiley in the summer. The family would like to thank Cindy Smith who was his caregiver and Gentiva Hospice of Sanford.

Visitation service for Henry will be Thursday, October 5th, 2023, from 10 to 11 AM at First United Methodist Church in Siler City followed by a Celebration of life service will be at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church, 1101 W Raleigh St, Siler City, NC 27344. Officiated by Reverend William Sabiston.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SNACK program at First United Methodist Church.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is serving the Smith family.

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