Benjamin Lingle Smith CHARLOTTE - Benjamin Lingle Smith, 75, met his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ face to face Monday, April 1, 2013. Ben was proud to be a fourth generation Charlottean and member of the Myers Park Mustangs, class of 1955. He liked to joke, "I'm a Mustang and couldn't be prouder, if you don't hear me, I'll yell a little louder." Ben also enjoyed the fellowship of the Charlotte East Rotary since 1981. He was especially proud to retire as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves after 30 years of service. His last assignment was as Commander of the 1023rd Civil Affairs Brigade in Charlotte for three years. Ben graduated from Presbyterian College in 1959 with a major in psychology and economics. He pursued graduate courses at Southeastern Theology Seminary at Wake Forest University. He was interested in a Master's in Christian Education. Ben got started in his career in car sales at City Chevrolet. During the course of 40 years, he held various positions, including four years with the Chevrolet Division of General Motors. He was also a self-employed car dealer for more than 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Smith and Hazel Smith Robinson. Ben is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Margaret Carpenter Smith, whom he met at Myers Park High School. He is also survived by three dedicated daughters, Christine Elizabeth Smith, Suzanne Severs Smith Bowers and her husband Chris, and Sharon Carpenter Smith Clode and her husband Colin; and also several cousins. Ben loved his three precious grandchildren, Samuel Clode, and newborn twins, Hazel and Margaret Clode. He was also excited about the arrival of Suzanne's twin girls due this spring. One of Ben's favorite things was to play cars with Sam. He had a special gift for being a grandfather, full of love and funny stories. Ben loved people, and doing for others. He was always the last person to leave a party or gathering of friends, and always the first to pull out a camera and take pictures. He was known to carry two cameras, including one for back up. He faithfully served as an Honorary Life Deacon at Charlotte's First Baptist Church, and was a dedicated member for more than 50 years. Ben enjoyed being a Sunday school teacher, volunteer, and even softball coach. He had many interests, including time spent in the Army Reserves. Ben completed Infantry Officers Basic School; Infantry Officers Advanced School; and the Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, Virginia. He was a graduate of Industrial College of the Armed Forces; a graduate of General Command Staff College; and an Air War College graduate. Ben was a member of the Reserve Officers Association, a charter member of Foxcroft East Swim and Racquet Club and Cedarwood Country Club. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. John Mahoney, Lisa Hollada, RN, and the staff at Carolinas Hematology/Oncology. A service to celebrate Ben's life will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 4th at Charlotte's First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with Military Honors. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Harry & Bryant, 500 Providence Rd., Charlotte. Honorary pallbearers will be the Laird Lewis Sunday School Class, Charlotte East Rotary, and John Rose. Pallbearers are Ed Sendler, Lamar Hicks, Evan Council, Ben Lingle, Jim Eudy, and Walter Scott. Memorial donations may be made to the
(www.lung.org). Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com.
Published in Charlotte Observer from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2013