Eddie Morris Smith was born in Franklinton, North Carolina on December 26, 1948 to the late Willie Arthur Smith and Aline White-Smith. He entered into eternal rest on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at his home in Youngsville, North Carolina.
Eddie received his education in the Franklin County School System. He later furthered his education at Vance Granville Community College. He was employed at Burlington Industries for twenty-four years as a maintenance mechanic. He later was employed at Concept Packaging Group in Raleigh, North Carolina until his retirement.
Eddie volunteered at the Youngsville volunteer fire department in Youngsville, North Carolina for several years as a Firefighter One. He was a thirty second Degree Mason for Thrifty Sons Masonic Lodge number 284 for over thirty years. On March 18, 1984, he was inducted into the Shriners Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret thirty two degree and was made a member of Henderson Consistory Number 195 Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite located in Henderson, North Carolina. Eddie was hard-working, loved his family, always willing to help in any way that he could and he genuinely cared for others even though he was a jokester. His favorite saying was “don’t start nothing, it won’t be nothing”.
Eddie participated faithfully in church until his health declined. He served faithfully at Popes Chapel United Church of Christ on the Deacon Board, Governing Board, Male Chorus, Missionary Circle, Usher Board and Men’s Ministry. His hobbies were cooking and working on cars. Eddie’s favorite songs were, ”I’m Going On A Long Journey” and “Precious Lord Take My Hand.”
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his three brothers, Willie Junior Smith, James Otis Smith, and Robert Smith and three sisters, Mary Helen Horton, Shirley Linda Smith and Diane Smith and his devoted loving Mongrel Companion, “Shauntay.” Eddie will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him dearly.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory: his loving and devoted wife of forty years, Sandra Annette Hayes-Smith; one son, Eddie Evans (Quotacia) of Wake Forest ,North Carolina; one stepson, Stephen Leon Williamston, Sr. (Denisia) of Sulphur, Louisiana; nine grandchildren, Tey’Vontyae Evans, Ebony Williamston, Cameron Evans, Stephen Williamston, Jr., Isaiah Evans, Eric Williamston, Elijah Evans, Renisia Mitchell and Phillip Mitchell, Jr.; four great grandchildren, Brennan Williams, Bryson Evans, Adalyn Williamston and Reese Mitchell; brothers, John Walter Smith and Roger Smith both of Franklinton, North Carolina, Charlie Smith (Anne) of Henderson, North Carolina and Donald Ray Smith of Wilson, North Carolina; six sisters, Lucy Mae Webb of Franklinton, North Carolina, Annie M. Perry of Louisburg, North Carolina, Dorothy Webb of Bunn, North Carolina, Gertrude Evans of Pilot, North Carolina, Elaine Williams (Tony) of Louisburg, North Carolina, and Mozzelle Burnette of Raleigh, North Carolina; sisters-in-law, Mary Foy Hayes-Jackson (John) of Richmond, Virginia, Eliza Mae Hayes-Greene and Patricia Ann Hayes-Privette (David) of Franklinton, North Carolina, Fannie Lillian Hayes-Taylor (William) of Kittrell, North Carolina, Mozella Perry of Oxford, North Carolina, Virginia Smith of Elm City, North Carolina; one aunt, Rosa Lee Ruffin of Louisburg, North Carolina; two special friends, Douglas Young and Larry Leonard; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.