Garner - Jimmy Ray Smith, 43, of Garner, passed away Friday, January 4, 2013. Jimmy was born October 23, 1969 in Wake County to the late Donald and Judy Hamm Smith. Jimmy worked many years in construction and for the last several years has worked as a truck driver with Laughlin Poultry Farm, Inc. A lover of the outdoors, Jimmy was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is remembered fondly for his laughter, smile and big heart. Jimmy cherished time spent with his children and grandchildren. A service of remembrance will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. from Rouse Funeral Home with Rev. Ashley Summerlin officiating. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Deborah Stafford Smith; two daughters, Shannon Whaley and husband, Doug of Goldsboro and Tabitha Bright and husband, Justin of Garner; four grandchildren, Malachi Whaley, Douglas Whaley Jr., Camden Whaley and Colton Bright; step-daughter, Heather Malpass of Black Creek; two sisters, Cindy Aull of Garner and Donna Britt of Seven Springs; the mother of his children, Malissa Smith of La Grange; a special nephew, Daniel Grant; and six step-grandchildren, Dylan Malpass, Jadin Poythress, Christian Malpass, Kayden Malpass, Alexis Malpass and Olivia Malpass. Jimmy was preceded in death by a step-son, Ronnie Malpass. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10-10:45 a.m. at Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Arrangements are with Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.
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Published in Free Press from Jan. 6 to Jan. 10, 2013