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Friends, family, Boy Scouts and scouters to celebrate life of Luther Smith

Friends, family and Boy Scouts will celebrate the life of longtime Scouter Luther Smith on Sunday at the Barn at Tall Oaks on Bradley Road at N.C. 191. Friends, family and Boy Scouts will celebrate the life of longtime Scouter Luther Smith on Sunday at the Barn at Tall Oaks on Bradley Road at N.C. 191.

Friends and family of Luther Elly Smith and the Boy Scout community will celebrate Smith’s life from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at The Barn at Tall Oaks, 28 Bradley Road.


Black is optional attire. It is preferred that bright colors are worn to celebrate Smith’s life. Guests are welcome to bring an appetizer, dessert or any dish and are asked to bring memories, pictures and mementos to share.
A military service and burial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel in Black Mountain.
Smith, of Pisgah Forest, died at Elizabeth House on June 26 at the age of 71.
He was predeceased by his sister Jayne Carrie of Fruita, Colorado, and his parents, Helen Lowry Smith and Luther Earl Smith, of Raleigh.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Priscilla Smith, his son Milo Jones of the home, Eli Jones and his wife Patty of Socastee, South Carolina, and their children Mia and Jack; Darcy Hamrick and her husband Raymond of Portland, Oregon, and their children Piper and Luca; Amanda Burdette and her husband John of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and their children Rowan, Quinn and Seren; Micah Jones of Arden, and his child Ivy of Germany, his sister Janet Leech and her husband Stephen of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; and his adoring aunt Lottie Lowry Hardison and her husband Gary of Maxton, as well as his numerous cousins.
Born in Tacoma Park, Maryland in 1947, Smith graduated from Bel Air High School in 1965. While serving as a captain in the U.S. Army he went on to earn his master’s degree in landscape architecture at N.C. State University, in 1976. He moved to the mountains of Hendersonville 40 years ago and created his firm, Luther Smith and Associates.
Smith served on multiple boards and committees in Henderson County and throughout WNC. He enjoyed restoring Jeep Commandos and creating things in his woodworking shop. An avid hiker, he knew most every trail in the Blue Ridge mountains. After earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 1964, Smith maintained his membership in Boy Scouts for 64 years. As an adult he continued to volunteer in various positions he was recognized with numerous awards including the Silver Beaver, the Cliff Dochterman Award and Life Member in NESA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Daniel Boone Council, 333 West Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801, or Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-3698 or RiverLink Inc, 170 Lyman St. Asheville, NC 28801.