Allen Crawford Smith WINSTON-SALEM - Allen Crawford Smith, 56, of Winston-Salem passed away after a lengthy illness on March 9, 2014. He was born in Greensboro on Nov. 13, 1957. He was the son of the late Thomas H. Smith Sr. and Sara Beth Crawford Smith of Charlotte. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with degrees in Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering. He later attended North Carolina State University and the University of Iowa graduating with a Master's Degree in Computer Engineering. He worked at Duke Power and later left engineering to be a dedicated stay-at-home Dad. He is survived by his devoted wife of nearly 20 years, Catherine Watkins DDS, MS, PhD; daughter, Christine Smith; and son, Daniel Smith. He is also survived by his mother; brother, Thomas H. Smith Jr. of Charlotte; sister, Teresa S. Carpenter of Garner; niece, Keni C. Johnson of Florence, S.C., and nephew, Eric Carpenter of Raleigh. Allen's primary life focus was on his family. He devoted his time to raising his children, researching his family history and working outside on the Smith family property in Belmont. He collected old radios and televisions and could fix anything mechanical or electrical. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Salem Funeral Home at the corner of 2599 Reynolda Road and Polo Road. A funeral service will be held at Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Road at 6:30 pm on Friday, March 14, 2014. A burial service will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 3:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, Belmont. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the Memorial Educational Fund for Christine and Daniel Smith at Wells Fargo Bank on 3375 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Mar. 12, 2014