Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Judy Elaine McLester Smith

Judy Elaine McLester Smith, 75, of Locust passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018 in Atrium Health-Stanly, Albemarle.  Her funeral service will be 11 AM Saturday, September 1, 2018 in the Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care Chapel in Locust with Rev. Fred Carpenter Jr. and Rev. Lou Pfeiffer officiating.  Burial will follow in the Running Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will greet friends briefly following the graveside service.  Mrs. Smith will lie in state in the Funeral Home Chapel from 10 am until 11 am prior to the service for those wishing to pay their respects.

Born March 29, 1943 in Stanly County, NC she was the daughter of the late Arthur Joseph McLester and Dessie Almond McLester.  She was a retired employee of Piedmont Behavioral Health and a member of Main Street United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed making bears for Victory Junction and made over 500 after her retirement.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gareth Dale Smith, daughter Sandie Smith Upchurch and husband H. E. “Tony” Upchurch Jr., brother Jerry M. McLester, grandson Joseph L. Upchurch and wife Kaitlyn, and great-grandson Stryker Ray Upchurch.  She was preceded in death by daughters Tammy Elaine Smith and Susan Smith Honeycutt.

The family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharrie, 960 N First St., Albemarle, NC 28001 or to Community Home Care and Hospice, 1024 Albemarle Rd., Suite 904, Troy, NC 27371.

Members of the family would like to thank the staff at Hope Medical, the staff at Atrium Health-Stanly, Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharrie and Community Home Care and Hospice of Troy.


  • Sue Ramsey Posted August 31, 2018 10:58 am

    Peace & prayers to all.

  • Andria Coble Posted August 31, 2018 11:32 am

    May God bless you and give you peace during this time. Judy was a gracious and loving lady.

  • Sasha Eury Posted August 31, 2018 11:38 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time!

  • Roger and Becky Eudy Posted August 31, 2018 12:45 pm

    Sorry for your loss, but what a celebration in Heaven. Praying God gives you peace.

  • Scott Efird Posted August 31, 2018 2:12 pm

    What a sweet person. Prayers to the Smith family !!

  • Gary Dick Posted August 31, 2018 2:17 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Praying for peace and comfort in the coming days and weeks.

  • Merlin &John Posted August 31, 2018 4:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences. Thoughts and prayers.

  • Ronnie Honeycutt Posted August 31, 2018 4:20 pm

    One of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever known , proud to have called her my other mom . Rest in peace sweet lady .

  • Gail and Alan Burris Posted August 31, 2018 4:50 pm

    Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all. We loved Mrs. Judy and will miss her terribly . May God wrap his arms around you during this sad time. We love you all.

  • Todd & Ann Hopkins Posted August 31, 2018 7:53 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers

  • Paul and Karen Simmons Posted September 1, 2018 1:02 pm

    “You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool Mom!” Deepest sympathy and praying for Dad and the rest of the family.

  • Kent and Jolene Stoker Posted September 1, 2018 3:32 pm

    May the Lord give you peace at this time and the days to come. Judy was a sweet lady and she will be missed. So sorry I was not there, but I just found out.

  • Kay Musselwhite Posted September 1, 2018 6:02 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Judy. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Judy was such a sweet lady. I admired her greatly.

  • Jimmy Hathcock Posted September 1, 2018 7:40 pm

    So sorry for your lost. may God bless your family

  • George Muse Posted September 6, 2018 11:25 am

    Dianne and I are saddened to hear of Judy’s passing. It was a pleasure to know and work with Judy. She provided a valuable service to the community through her work at mental health.. We are thinking of your family.

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We never felt hurried or rushed in any way even though they had other funerals that day.  Everyone at Stanly Funeral Home made us feel like we were family and did everything they could for us in this most trying time in our lives.


Everyone went out of their way to make sure that every detail was good with me.  Their kindness, patience and love they show is superior.  Stephen Aldridge and his ENTIRE staff are the best.


The whole staff was wonderful but Stephen Aldridge was excellent, even sending us a note one month later.