Ashley Gwaltney Smith

Ashley Gwaltney Smith

Greenville, SC
12.06.1982 - 03.16.2021

Ashley Gwaltney Smith, 38, of Greenville, South Carolina, died Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at her home. She was born December 6, 1982, in Suffolk, Virginia, the daughter of William Albert Gwaltney Jr. and Rebecca Rose Gwaltney. She was the beloved wife of Charles A. Smith of Greenville.

Ashley grew up in Windsor, Virginia on the family farm and graduated from Nansemond Suffolk Academy in 2001. Upon graduating from Virginia Tech in 2005, Ashley worked for the CIA for 2 years before marrying her husband Charles Smith on June 16, 2007. When they joined in marriage, she moved to Greenville, South Carolina and began working for Lockheed Martin and obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. She spent 13 years with Lockheed negotiating contracts and building deep friendships with her colleagues. At the time of her passing, she was leading the Contracts team for the Greenville site.

Ashley was a truly incredible person who had a deep faith in God, loved building relationships and helping people. She touched so many lives and we are all better in this world because of her. Ashley was a model for being a daughter, wife, mom, and friend to many in the most difficult of times. Ashley had a light within which shone outward. If you knew her, your life was better. Ashley served as a role model to many of us for what is right and good in life. Her passion for living revolved around family and friends, especially her children Charles (8) and Katherine (6). She instilled the values she was brought up on of working hard, having a positive attitude, and foremost, being kind.

She is survived by her husband Charles A. Smith of Greenville; two children Charles A. Smith Jr. and Katherine Smith; her father and mother William A. Gwaltney Jr. and Rebecca Rose Gwaltney of Windsor; two sisters Hollis (Bobby) Bridges of Windsor, and Brett (Daniel) Bowie of Hanover, VA; in-laws Dr. J. Alexander Smith and Jerri Lee Smith of Fallston, MD; sister in-law Elizabeth (Taylor) Whitehurst of Fallston, MD; brother in-law James Smith of Fallston, MD; and nieces and nephews Tucker Whitehurst, Grayson Whitehurst, Lane Bridges, Easton Bowie, and Bennett Bridges; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family is receiving visitors on Friday evening through Sunday evening and after the funeral at 14186 Five Forks Road, Windsor, VA 23487. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 2 PM by Rev. R. Samuel Askew in the Windsor Christian Church. Burial will be private. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ashley’s honor to the Greenville Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at or mailed in Ashley’s honor to MSABC of Greenville, SC at: American Cancer Society 1901 Brunswick Av., Ste. 100 Charlotte, NC 28207.

To attend the service, please click on link below on Monday, March 22, 2021.

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Windsor Christian Church
4 N Court St.
Windsor, VA 23487
United States


Ashley was a good friend and co-worker of mine the last 13 years at Lockheed Martin. To know her, it was impossible not to feel more positive, energized and enthusiastic because that's what she was. As she transitioned into her most recent leadership role the last couple of years I feel like our personal and professional friendship grew even more. Please know that you are all in my prayers. What a tremendous gift Ashley was to us all.

Jim Hay

Dear Charlie,

We are so saddened by the loss of Ashley. She was a light in our lives and all the lives she touched. We are privileged to have known Ashley and call her a friend for so many years. Over the years, the strength she has shown, the fight in her spirit, and the generosity of self has been an inspiration. Her life was so full of purpose and she has left an indelible mark on all those around her. We wil carry her memory fondly and hope to provide to you and your family a sense of community that you, Charles, and Katherine can rely on to help you through these tough times. Have faith in the Lord for guidance. We continue to keep all of you in our prayers.

Amit and Sonia

Amit & Sonia Toprani

So very sorry to hear of your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!

Tammie Rhodes Matthews

Ashley was the kindest, sunniest, most joyful, smartest and just most amazing mom I know. She is a true angel. I am so incredibly sorry to hear this devastating news. Heaven gained an amazing angel. She’s up there with my daddy and Kelly Grier now. God bless you all.

Rebecca Nairn

I am so sorry to hear about the lose of Ashley. She was such a beautiful young lady.

Barbara Holland

We are so sorry to hear Ashley had passed away. We have many wonderful memories of Ashley and Claudia's years at NSA. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nancy and Joseph Verdirame

Nancy and Joseph Verdirame

Billy and Becky, My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Although I did not know Ashley personally, I do know that you raised a very special daughter who was, and will continue to be, a tremendous blessing to all who knew her. God's peace to Ashley's husband and children and to you both.

Douglas Caskey

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