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Jeffrey Lancaster Smith was born on May 23, 1964, to Samuel Wells Smith and Juanita Lancaster Smith in Goffstown, NH. He departed us on December 9th 2023 from pancreatic cancer.
He was the youngest of five children and the only boy. His eldest sister Cathy followed by Cindy, Tamara and Dawn, all were thrilled with the arrival of their new baby brother.
Jeffrey grew up the only boy with four big sisters. He was loved, and a bit of an introvert even from his early days. He relished playing with trucks, digging in the dirt, and just being outside. Jeff graduated from Hanover High School in 1982 and went on to truck mechanical school following graduation. Jeff pursued his dreams to become a professional truck driver and went on to receive his CDL degree in Florida. His first OTR truck driving job was with Schneider, and he worked out West.
Jeff then moved to the Washington DC Metro area and worked for the Marjack transportation company for over 10 years. As he grew in his responsibilities, the company also grew. He drove routes in MD, PA, DC, NY and NJ. He was well liked and respected. The company was sold, and Jeff moved to North Carolina where he started working for the Werner truck company. Jeff lived in Henderson North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina and Greensboro, North Carolina. His truck routes took him through Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Jeff was a dedicated and reliable professional driver, and during the COVID-19 pandemic when many of us were at home working remotely Jeff was on the road as an essential worker. We pay tribute to Jeff and so many others who kept the country moving during the pandemic.
Jeff is survived by his sisters, Catherine Smith, Cynthia Smith (spouse Bryan Newman), Tamara Smith (spouse Don Keller) and Dawn Smith (spouse James Kent). He is also fondly remembered by his two stepmoms Senora Smith and Barbara Pringle, a stepsister Latifa Jama and a stepbrother Eric Winter.
Jeff is survived by many cousins, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, and grandnieces. One of his favorite nephews was James Kent, Jr. - he loved DeMorris. They spent countless hours talking about trucks and racing cars and had lots of inside jokes and loved roughing around outside at the fire pit. Uncle Jeff was Demorris’s favorite uncle, and they enjoyed a special bond.
The family was fortunate to have a mini reunion with Jeff in August 2023 at the home of his sister Tamara. All of the siblings were there along with his niece Alaina and her son Bodhi. We laughed, we joked, we cried. Jeff shared his career and life history. We sat by the fire pit until all hours of the night. It is a special memory, for which and we are eternally grateful. Jeff was able to make a final visit to Carolina Beach in September and in August along with his sister Tamara , Dawn, and James, had a great weekend stay on Hycho Lake in Semora, NC. Jeff said, “I wish I could just stay here.”
Jeff was especially thankful for his sister Dawn and her husband James. Jeff always came to their home to the comfort of his “reserved” room and special times at the firepit, drinking beer and eating barbecue.. James was truly his big brother. They spent many hours together around the fire pit chopping wood and making jokes. James kept Jeff laughing until the end. They would go fishing, spend time on the boat and take fun trips to Carolina beach. Jeff spent his final days with them out at the firepit and sitting on the front porch. He made his transition with them and was grateful to be loved and cared for in their home.
Jeff was also loved by Tamara and Don's black lab Stella, and she was also able to share her gift of love with him before he departed. Jeff is at peace now, he is in no pain, he’s up driving a truck or sitting in his cab looking down on us with a smile.
Jeff lived a good life. He was a dedicated professional driver, a good brother, friend, cousin, and beloved Uncle. Jeff was deeply loved and we will miss him dearly.