Bridger Bjay' Smith

bridger smith

Pinehurst, NC
Bridger Jay Smith (Bjay) departed his earthly existence on Sept. 13, 2010, while rescuing his children from an unexpected strong current at Cherry Grove, SC. He was the son of Gary and Shawna Smith of Carthage. He is survived by his wife, Jessica Juett, the daughter of Joel and Colleen Juett of Whispering Pines. Bjay and Jessica have four children, Asher, 8; Hila, 6,; Gabriel, 3; and Hannah, 2. They are residents of Pinehurst.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Pinehurst and had served with enthusiasm as a Scout Master and in other various positions. He became an Eagle Scout at age 14. Bjay was a devoted husband and a lovingly active father, who played with his kids, while simultaneously teaching them.
He had served a mission for his church in South Dakota and neighboring states from 1992 to 1994. He attended Sandhills Community College, where later he taught science labs. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill along side his wife, Jessica. Bjay was blessed with a deep faith and a unselfish nature. He willingly shared his unique computer talents with many friends and acquaintances.
He is survived by six brothers and sisters and spouses: Troy and Suzette Smith of Raleigh; Tyler Smith of Murrieta, CA; Piper and Tim Patterson, of Murrieta, CA; Brady and Cyndi Smith of Carthage, Donavaughn and Paige Carlisle of Carthage, Decker and Christine Smith of Cary, and a foster brother and spouse, Tien and Yao Van Pham of Salt Lake City, Utah. He will be fondly remembered by 22 nieces and nephews.
Viewings will be Friday, September 17 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and Saturday, September 18 from 9:00 to 9:45 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 9880 Hwy 15/501, Southern Pines. The Funeral Service will begin at 10:00am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 9880 Hwy 15/501, Southern Pines.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to The Smith Children's Education Fund can be made at any RBC Bank.
Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Smith & Juett families.

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  1. I am the uncle of Greg Hutson, Leonard Hutson. I would like to thank of BJAY’s family for being a part of my nephew’s life.

  2. I so fondly remember Bjay, Asher, Hyla, Jeff, Brennan, Connor, and Alec playing some very serious tag on many occasions at Linkhorne Elementary! Bjay knew how to have fun with the kids! Our love to you and your family, Jessica.

  3. Jessica and family, We are so sorry for your loss. What a tragedy for such a nice young man to lose his life. Please know that ours thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Janie & Todd Murray

  4. The prayers of our family are with you during this difficult time. We have such wonderful memories of your time here. We wish we could do more, and attend the funeral. With love and prayers, Philip & Christine Schetrompf & family

  5. I can’t believe I’m posting on this memory wall. It seemed like only yesterday that Bjay and I were hiking with our kids up Pilot Mtn. He was passionately describing his dream plans for a self sustaining compound for his family, lol. Even though I disagre

  6. To the family;
    I’m so sorry to hear about the lost of Bijay, you are in my heart and prayers.
    Words are hard to come by at a time like this but always remember "When loved ones part, love lives on."
    May all the good memories store

  7. Robert. Please see that Jessica gets this note.
    To Jessica and the Family.
    I am absolutely stunned to hear this terrible and sad news about BJay. Jessica — you know there has always been a special place in my heart for you and BJay. You both

  8. I will remember Bjay fondly for his caring personality. He always took interest in other people. He was able to find topics of conversation that were of interest to others, not just to himself. Our family will miss him dearly. Emily Juett (aunt-in-law)

  9. Wanted to let you know our family is thinking about your family during this time of loss!! We were vacationing at the Inlet Point Villas as this accident happened. We watched helpless on our balacony as everyone was yelling for help! It hit us hard especi

  10. Our deepest sympathy, our family will keep you in our prayers. I remember meeting Bjay at the kindergarten Christmas party as your son Asher and our son Adam were in the same Kindergarten class together.

  11. Jessica—our prayers are with you and your little family. This is such a great loss for us all. Happily, we know that Bjay is still with us, he has just been "relocated". Love, Bishop and Patty Christiansen

  12. Hello…I am sad to hear this news. Can’t believe it.
    I met BJ, and his Sisters at Church. He was such a lovely person. ~Kim Kirkpatrick

  13. I had the unique blessing of knowing and working with BJay for 5 years at his brother’s company, TDRP. BJay brought a calming presence to the office and the patience of Job, literally, especially where I was concerned. He taught me so much about computers

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