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First Baptist Church
Tuesday May 2nd, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Memorial Service

Rogers Pickard Funeral Home
Tuesday May 2nd, 2017

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Thomas Ray Smith

Thomas "Ray" Smith, 63 of Sanford passed away Saturday April 29, 2017.  Mr. Smith resided in the Sanford area doing home renovations and was known as Ray to all of his family and friends.  He attended Central Baptist Temple Church for 17 years and dedicated his life to helping others.  He was always willing to give his testimony to anyone that would listen.   A Memorial service will be held at 7:00pm Tuesday at Rogers Pickard Funeral Home Chapel.

 Mr. Smith was born in Hamlet, NC son of the late Norman Calvin Smith and Julia Chavis Deaton. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by a son, Franklin Ray Smith.

 Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Mary Shorb Smith; daughter, Theresa Hillis of Sanford; sons, Garry Hillis and Steven George both of Sanford; sister, Brenda Love (Johnny Howington) of Sanford and a brother, Norman Lewis Smith (Diana) of Sanford; grandchildren, Kayla, Duane, Austin and Breanna.

The family will receive friends from 5-7pm Tuesday before the Memorial service.


In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to The Bread Basket, PO Box 912, Sanford, NC 27331-0912.

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Rachel Morton May 18 2017 12:00 AM

Thank you so much for your comment about Ray. It is times like these that help to ease our loss that we can look back and see how he touched other peoples lives and how well he was liked.

mary smith May 11 2017 12:00 AM

Thank you for expressing your feelings about Ray. It is a comforting feeling to know he touched the lives of so many people in one way or another/

Mary Smith May 11 2017 12:00 AM

To Ray's family,
This is Moamen and Amber. We rented the house on Hawkins Ave. Mr. Ray was always a great and kind man. Please let us know if there is anything that you need.
Moamen and Amber

Moamen and Amber May 6 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Smith

Dawn & Steve Barbee May 1 2017 12:00 AM

We are praying for you and the family during this time. Please let us know if we can do anything for you.
Dawn & Steve

Dawn & Steve Barbee May 1 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Smith

Connie Haithcox & Family May 1 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Smith

Eddie and Diane Walston May 1 2017 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Ray was a good man and a very good friend.

Eddie and Diane Walston May 1 2017 12:00 AM