Erica Nichelle Smith was born January 10, 1986 alongside her twin sister (Terica) to Kassandra Smith and Michael Johnson, Sr. She was a lifelong resident of Asheville, N.C. where she was a devoted mother of six beautiful children. Although she had many roles including being a mother, daughter, sister and friend to many, she took pride in spending quality time with her loved ones while encouraging others in their walk with the Lord.
She was raised in the close-knit Hillcrest community where she was surrounded with infinite love, words of encouragement and endless support from her family and childhood friends. Erica attended Asheville High School (Class of 2004) where she was an A-B honor roll student and track athlete. She was hard working, caring, determined, laidback and loved by many. She was employed with Mission Health as a member of the food and nutrition team where she shined brightly and put a smile on the faces of others.
Erica was a member of the Lord’s Church of Asheville where she was a participant on the praise dance team and where taught children’s church for the 2 to 7 year-old age group. She had future plans of mentoring young women and mothers and leading them to the Lord by creating a domestic abuse ministry. She always had a positive outlook on life and sought to find the good in everything and everyone. Erica’s light will continue to shine upon everyone that knew her, especially amongst her surviving children Zyrique Smith, Jayden Smith, Tyron Smith, and Kaleb Smith. Her kindness and compassion for others will always be remembered.
Left to cherish her memory in addition to her beloved children are her mother Kassandra Smith and father Michael Johnson, Sr.; Grandmothers Mary Jo Johnson and Lucille Smith; sisters Tashea Smith, Shareka Smith, Terica Smith, Jonica Smith and Shunta Johnson and brother Michael Johnson, Jr; as well as a host of other relatives including aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.