Geri Ellen Smith

February 18, 1958 - March 3, 2024

02/18/1958 - 03/03/2024

Past Services

Saturday March 09, 2024
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sylvan Heights Bird Park - Golden Leaf Room
500 Sylvan Heights Park Way
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Geri Ellen Smith, age 66, of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina passed away peacefully at home on March 3, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Geri was born to George and Becky Keel of Williamston on February 18, 1958. She graduated from Williamston High School, then furthered her education at Meredith College and East Carolina University. With a degree in education, she touched many lives as a special education and elementary school teacher.

Geri is preceded in death by father, George Keel. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Larry Smith; her mother, Becky Brown; two daughters, Rebecca (Evan) Williams and Lensey (Jeremy) Evans; a son, Evan (Zylie) Smith; a special cousin, Bonna Meadows; and three grandsons, Wyatt Williams, Royce Smith, and George Smith.

Geri was a “Blue Star” wife of her husband’s military deployments, of which she was very proud. She enjoyed many beach days, occasional fishing trips and never missed the opportunity to watch a good ballgame, no matter the sport. She never met a stranger and was the first to lend a helping hand to a friend or someone in need.

A Celebration of Life Gathering to honor Geri, including heavy hors d’oeuvres, will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Golden Leaf Room at Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the Hobgood Academy Preschool, 201 Beech Street, Hobgood, NC 27843 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Letchworth Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Smith family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting


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Lisa Livengood
1 month ago

Goodness gracious .. Geri Keel had a way with people. She was able to make them feel so important and could find the good in everyone’s character. She would freely give her support in times of need if only but to sit and listen. She loved all the children she taught over the years and each fell in love with her too .. maybe it was her twinkling blue eyes, or her smile or just her simple way- to be.
I met Geri one day back in 1980 in Darlington, SC. We quickly became friends, landed our first teaching positions, got an apartment and became new roommates all in a day! What are the chances of that happening !?
Now, years passed and though our lives evolved – Geri’s light would somehow surface and direct us back together. Again and again this happened, if only with a simple card.

Five years ago and now in our 60’s, we reconnected. Geri drove to Charlotte where I live and we talked and laughed and we promised to keep in touch..
I was heartbroken recently to learn that Geri’s cancer had returned in 2023 and she’d been battling this horrible disease again.
Geri was so strong and so honest, so kind and grateful to everyone she knew. How could this be happening ?

I am so thankful and honored to have been one of those people that Geri touched throughout the years. She has always been and still is, an Angel.
God’s blessings and peace.

Clay Kirkman
1 month ago

I am so sorry to read of Geri’s passing. We grew up across the street from each other in Williamston. We spent many times playing together and riding bikes. I lost contact after college but always had good memories. My condolences to her family.

Annalise Dimatteo
1 month ago

A bright light in any dark place. Cancer is terrifying and dark but when I spoke with Geri, she exuded nothing less than compassion and care for others and didn’t seem to worry about herself too much. I know she is pain free and enjoying the good life with Jesus. Keeping each of you in my prayers ❤️

Donna Bryant
1 month ago

Our hearts are broken for Geri and her family. She was a year younger than my husband and I.
I met Geri at school when my family moved to Williamston in 1970. She was “going with” a great friend of mine who was in my science class. He and I hit it off right from the start and are great friends still today. That little ole Geri would glare at me with those steely eyes of hers. She didn’t like it one little bit. Tickled me some kind of good. Of course, I was no match for the little beauty. (My relationship with her beau was not that kind, but she wanted to make sure that it had better not become one. ?)
She was very active in the sports area, as was my husband, so he knew Geri, too.
Both Mike and I have been keeping up with her journey through our friend and classmate, Bonna.
Both of us send much love to Bonna, Thomas, Ms. Becky, and all the family.
She fought the good fight.
RIP, Dear Geri. You will not be forgotten. ?

Kim Scholer
1 month ago

Just a beautiful soul inside and out .