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Memorial Service

Broadway Town Cemetery
Tuesday September 25th, 2018

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Lemon Springs United Methodist Church
Tuesday September 25th, 2018

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Roderick Ernest Smith, Jr

Roderick Earnest Smith Jr., 92, of Sanford died Wednesday, September 19, at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital after a brief illness. A memorial will be held at 3pm Tuesday September 25th at Lemon Springs United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.


Mr. Smith was the son of the late Roderick E. and Charlotte Abbott Smith of Lemon Springs. He is survived by three daughters; Audrey Wilson, Barbara Brecher and Elaine Nichols - all of Sanford; Mr. Smith is also survived by sisters Mildred Vick of Raleigh and Sarah Curry of Sanford. Seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


After flying 30 missions as a turret and nose gunner in WWII, Mr. Smith married the late Carolyn W. Thieroff of Philadelphia, Pa and Cumnock, NC. After Mr. Smith married, he and his wife raised their three children in the Philadelphia area. Smith worked for 35 years as a Troubleman and Supervisor at the Philadelphia Electric Company. Upon retirement, Mr. Smith and his wife moved back to Sanford. He lived in Sanford for the last 30 years.


Memorial contributions can be made to Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA), 42 Deep River Rd, Sanford, NC 27330; or Lemon Spring United Methodist Church, 7225 Lemon Springs Rd, Sanford, NC 27332.

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I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort your mourning hearts. I pray that you find comfort in Revelation 21:3-5. This scripture paints a picture of a world that is very different from what we see today. A world with no more sickness, pain or death...and it is not a dream, it is a promise from God. He promises to reverse the effects of death and resurrect your precious one. You will never have to say a painful goodbye ever again!

Natalie Sep 24 2018 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Sep 22 2018 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. In the bible we find hope and comfort. Is. 25:8 "God will swallow up death forever and will wipe tears from all faces."

BL Sep 21 2018 12:00 AM

Thanks for your service during our countries troubling times.

EAW Sep 20 2018 12:00 AM