Richard Gene Smith, 68, of Statesville, N.C., passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at the Gordon Hospice House.

Richard was born June 27, 1952, in Iredell County and attended West Rowan High School. On June 28, 1986, he married Karen Harmon Smith, who survives, and together they attended South River Baptist Church. He was retired and loved old vehicles, his pets and his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by one son, David Smith (Kristy) of Statesville; two grandchildren, Layla and Brennan Smith; three brothers, Johnny Smith, Frank Smith (Susan), and Daril Smith; and two sisters, June Brown and Gay Alley.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby W. Smith; one son, R. Lynn Smith; and two brothers, Larry and Kenneth Smith.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Faith Church Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Chris Thompson officiating. Mr. Smith will lie in state from 12 to 5 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021, at Troutman Funeral Home. Active pallbearers will be David Smith, Cory Miller, James Cromie, Randall Menscer, Brandon Owens, Shane Owens and Shane Harmon.

Memorials may be made to the Gordon Hospice House, Faith Church Cemetery Fund or South River Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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