Judith Smith Deese

Saturday, October 1, 1938 - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

A Special Lady

Photo of Judith  Smith Deese  - 1938-2019

Canton- Judith Deese, age 80, a beloved, kind and special lady, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

Judith was born October 1, 1938 to the late parents, Edward and Cathleen Smith. Judith was a lifelong resident of Canton and was a devoted homemaker, mother, and grandmother.  She was an amazing cook and her delicious homemade biscuits were the best that anyone had ever tasted! Her favorite food was fried mushrooms!  Judith was a member of Beulah Baptist Church of Canton, where she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior on April 12, 1971.  She held a strong faith throughout her life and was not ashamed of her faith in Jesus.  She also attended Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville in her later years with her son, Ken. Her caring and loving heart touched many and in the words of her family, “She was an awesome Mother.”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bracy Deese who passed away in 2011; her brother, Floyd Smith and her sister-in-law, Edna Smith.

Surviving are her three children, Rick Deese and his wife, Susan of Wake Forest, Debbie Deese of Chapel Hill, and Ken Deese of Canton; grandsons, Justin, Jeremiah, Jonathan, Seth, Nick and Mac; granddaughters, Erin, Allyson, Nicole and Kathleen; nine great-grandchildren with one little blessing on the way;  her special caregivers during her years at Arrowhead Cove Assisted Living, including two who were " adopted" into the family, Christy and Emily King ( mother and daughter); and also many dear friends.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Trinity Baptist Church, 216 Shelburne Rd. in Asheville. Rev. Allen Rash will be officiating and Rev. Dr. Ralph Sexton, Jr. will bring a message of comfort for family and friends attending.  The family will be receiving friends at the church beginning at 2:00 pm prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Deese to Arrowhead Cove at Silver Bluff Village, 100 Silver Bluff Drive, Canton, NC 28716 for a gift to be designated by her children.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Deese family.

Condolences from family and friends


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Kenny and family The Class of 1980 would like to send our deepest sympathies on the passing of your Mother.
Pisgah High School Class of 1980
Rick,Debbie, Kenny and family My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. I loved your mom. I went in and sit with her the morning of her passing. So glad I got to visit her and wipe her little eyes with a warm cloth. Love you guys.
Sheri Dixon-Henson
The Pisgah High School Class of 1978 extends our heartfelt condolences to our classmate, Debbie Deese, on the passing of her mother, Judith Deese. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this time of mourning and sorrow. May her memories be your comfort now and until you meet again.
PHS Class of 1978
I came to love your mom( I took care of her at Arrowhead Cove ) she was indeed a very special lady
Lisa Trull
To Judith’s family and friends… I’m so very sorry for your loss. Christy and Emily are two of my very best friends and they thought the world of her. I’m so glad she made such an impact in both of their lives. All of you are in my prayers!
Julianne Kuykendall Rhodes
Rick, Debbie and “The baby” Sorry for the loss of y’all’s momma. She will be GREATLY missed. She was my sweet little Judith, and it’s hard not being by her side every day. Thank y’all for adopting Emily and I.. Thanks for including us in all y’all have through this, and y’all ALL 3 better keep in touch with us or I’ll throw a flip flop up in heaven for Judith to get you all with when y’all get up there. Love you all.
Christy King (the other baby)
Ricky, Debbie, and Kenny I am so sorry for the loss of your momma. The pain runs very deep. Your mom was truly special , she also made the best corn bread I ever ate! Been trying to match that yummy goodness for years, still can't ! We took several hunting trips with your mom and dad they always made those trips soooo much fun! She will be missed ! My heart aches for all of you! Love and prayers to and for you all ! Kelley
Kelley Moore