Troy “Spanky” Daren Smart Sr., 56, of Lenoir went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. He was born March 29, 1965, in Hildebran to Murl and Betty Jo Smart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry Ray Smart.
Troy had constant passion, humor, and a childlike awe for life. He was a faithful Deacon at College Avenue Baptist Church and loved the Lord with every ounce of his soul. He was passionate about teaching youth about Christ, going on mission trips, and music ministry.
Troy was a jack of all trades and a master of all of them. He was an avid outdoorsman, conservationist, hunter, fisherman, singer, trombonist, ASL interpreter, comedian, H.A.M. radio operator, truck driver, expert plumber, and genealogist.
Troy’s family was truly his pride and joy. Left to cherish his memory, along with a multitude of nieces, nephews, and dear friends, are his loving wife of 35 years, Jeanne Hawkins Smart, and four children, sons Troy Daren Smart, Jr. and wife Julia, David Nathaniel Smart and wife Sarah, and Dillon Garrett Smart, and daughter Hannah Renee Linares and husband Daniel. Troy loved being called “PawPaw” by his three dear grandsons: Nathan, Andy, and Cole Smart. Troy was devoted to his faith, his wife, and his family.
Troy also leaves two brothers, Murl Ray Smart Jr. and wife Betty, and Maxwell Corey Smart and wife Janie; and two sisters, Linda Rose Greene and husband David, and Nancy Faye Caudill and husband Quentin Murph.
A memorial service to celebrate the blessings God gave Troy and his family will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 2 p.m. at College Avenue Baptist Church in Lenoir. Services will be conducted by Dr. Rev. Chuck Brawley, the Rev. Ron Burgett, and Troy’s son, the Rev. Troy “Daren” Smart Jr.
The family will receive friends following the service.
Face masks and social distancing will be required.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to College Avenue Baptist Church, 1201 College Avenue SW, Lenoir, NC 28645.
Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneral
Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the Smart family.