Charlie Smith

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ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Charlie Y. Smith, 91, of Rockingham, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville.

He was born Sept. 17, 1922 in Ellerbe, a son of the late Claudius Young Smith and Mae Sharpe Smith. Charlie served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was honorably discharged due to injuries while serving in the Pacific Theater. In his youth, Charlie loved to hunt and enjoyed bird watching. Later in life he became very fond of playing bingo and was known as "Lucky Charlie." He loved KFC and any type of homemade food, especially desserts. Charlie was extremely gracious to his family, friends and caregivers. A true southern gentleman who loved everyone equally.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, James Frank Smith, Willie Melvin Smith, Joe Thomas Smith, Flora Smith Wilmoth, George Locke Smith, Lewis Carl Smith, Marvin Lee Smith, Curtis Monroe Smith and Alfred Howell Smith.

Surviving are his sisters, Beulah Smith Chappell of Cedar Hill, Fla., Evelyn Smith Lehrschall of Raleigh and Virgie Smith Hamer of Sanford; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Watson-King Funeral Home in Rockingham.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in the chapel of Watson-King Funeral Home in Rockingham with Dr. David A. Boroughs officiating. Interment will follow in Sharon Cemetery, Mt. Gilead.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Voluntary Service (135) VA Medical Center, 2300 Ramsey St. Fayetteville, NC 28301 or to a .

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Watson-King Funeral Home of Rockingham is serving the family.

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Published in Richmond County Daily Journal from Mar. 21 to Mar. 22, 2014
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