Clayton " Clay" Jeremiah Smith



Obituary Clayton “Clay” Jeremiah Smith June 11, 1976 – August 23, 2017
Clay Smith passed on to be with those family members who went on, August 23, 2017 at the VA Hospice Center in Salisbury, N.C., after a recent battle with cancer. His love of nature and science and his curiosity were evident through his Tree Healthcare business based in Mint Hill; he also worked with Denton Tree and Strick Tree services. Past experiences included work at WW Grainger and Black Hawk Hardware. Clay was an enthusiastic member of the Charlotte Arborist Tree Association, and was a certified arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). After graduating from Independence High School in Charlotte, he served in the Marines as a ground radio technician. He studied at CPCC and through the ISA. He was a member of the Mint Hill VFW, and volunteered through organizations ranging from the Destiny Youth Choir of Belmont Park UMC to Saluting Branches. His loves were his son, trees, knowledge, music, and singing. The family is grateful for friends, church families, neighbors, co-workers, Hospice, the advances in cancer research, and his many caretakers who touched him, including Semper Fi, his therapy dog. He returned his appreciation to them and so many of us with his wit, smile, and “joke of the day”, as well as his talents on the piano.
Clay is survived by his cherished son Aarik Blanton Smith, father Charles and wife Denise Dwight Smith, mother Donna Fowler, uncle Mark Smith, brother Charley and wife Mitzi Smith, sister Dawn and husband Will Summers, and 14 nieces and nephews: Justin, Hattie, Nicole, John, Sev, Carrie, Garrett, Zoe, Uriah, and Conlon, and Harrison, Holly, Hunter, and Corin…he was a favorite fun uncle!
Family will be receiving visitors at 4:00 pm, Thursday August 31st followed by a Celebration of Life at University City United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC on Sugar Creek ext. and Harris Blvd. Graveside services with Marine Honor Guard will be held at the Salisbury National Cemetery at 1 pm on September 6, 2017. In remembrance and honor of Clay (please note for us) and the love of God’s creation, donations may be made to Saluting Branches: United Arborists through Veterans Remembrance