Ray Sloan Smith, 84, of Mt. Ulla, N.C., passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville. Born December 30, 1935, he was a son of the late Lathan Fielding Smith (Jigs) and Mae Rankin Smith.
Mr. Smith was a graduate of Troutman High School and attended Mitchell Community College. He worked at Troutman Industries for 20 years and Accuma Corporation in Statesville until his retirement. After his retirement, Mr. Smith worked at the Lazy 5 Ranch as a wagon driver. He lived in Troutman until 1997, where he attended New Perth ARP Church, serving as a deacon and elder.
Mr. Smith moved to Mt. Ulla in 1997 and was currently a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bear Poplar, N.C., where he attended weekly Sunday school. He served on the church council, was a member of the Mens’ Bible Class and delivered Meals on Wheels.
Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Lewis – Washington from December 1958 to December 1960. He served in the National Guard for two more years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, George (Sonny) Smith, Lathan F. Smith Jr., Wayne P. Smith, Thomas N. (Nick) Smith and Billy Ross Smith; and sisters, Carrie Jane Smith and Mafielda Brown. Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 62 years, Peggy West Smith; son, Gerry R. Smith of Mt. Ulla; daughter, Karen Smith Edge and her husband Greg of Davidson; grandson, Corey West Edge of Davidson; and twin sisters, Sue S. Meadows and Sybil S. Little, both of Troutman.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Bear Poplar, N.C., with Rev. Scott Swix officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the cemetery.
For those who are unable to attend the graveside, you may go to the following link for the live stream
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Charlotte, 4530 Park Road #240, Charlotte, NC 28209 and/or St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 11020 NC-801, Mt. Ulla, NC 28125.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the family of Mr. Smith. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.