Roland Smith

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Roland Smith

KANNAPOLIS - Rev. G. Roland Smith, 83, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Big Elm Nursing Center in Kannapolis.

Mr. Smith was born April 5, 1930, in Rowan County, a son of the late Millard Clayton Smith and Ollie Ashby Smith. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army having served during Korea and was a member of Poston-Perkins VFW Post 8989.

He worked for Cannon Mills as a fixer in his early years and later retired from Life of Virginia as an insurance salesman.

He was a minister at St. Paul Wesleyan Church in Gold Hill for 30 years and was a member of Gold Hill Wesleyan Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ada Gaddy Smith; brothers Delmer Smith, Harvey Smith and Mack Smith; and sister Nellie Wright.

Mr. Smith is survived by daughter Mary Adams; four grandchildren, Rex St. John, Mike St. John, Trina Szekley and Shelly Szekley; seven great-grandchildren, Justin Beaver, Chris St. John, Amber Page, B.J. St. John, Nick St. John, Alec Szekley and Craig Szekley; six great-great-grandchildren, Kenzie Beaver, Hayden Page, Blake Page, Brianna Page, Kailyn Page and Abigail Beaver; and many nieces and nephews.

Service: A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, March 3 at North Kannapolis Wesleyan Church. Rev. Ernest Mullins and Rev. Harold Bumby will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Lady's Funeral Home.

Remembrances may be made to the family at

Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mr. Smith.
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Published in Salisbury Post on Feb. 28, 2014
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