Tracey and Ralph Smith
Tracey Leigh Smith

October 2, 1959 - December 22, 2019

Ralph Richard Smith

November 21, 1933 - October 4, 2021

Tracey passed away after a long illness on December 22, 2019, at her home.

Tracey was born October 2, 1959, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was the daughter of William Vinson and Thyra Coates Vinson. She attended Needham Broughton High School and N.C. State University, and retired from AT&T.

Ralph Richard Smith passed away after a short illness on October 4, 2021, at St. Mary's Hospital.

Ralph was born November 21, 1933, in Miami, Florida. He was the son of Cecil Smith and Bernice Sinclair Smith. He attended Miami Edison High and was a member of the National Guard.

Ralph was a multi-talented entertainer, singer, and musician, who was often billed as a "Fabulous One-Man Act" (Florida) and "The most accomplished one man act in the country" (Scottsdale). He teamed up with his talented brother, Clyde Jorgensen, and in 1965 moved to Grand Junction and became the popular duo "Ralph and Clyde".

Ralph and Tracey were married on June 26, 1983. They both loved family gatherings, fishing at Lake Powell, gardening, gold panning, raising poodles, making and selling magnetic jewelry. Tracey was a very devoted wife and loving grandmother.

Ralph was preceded in death by Tracey; his parents; step-father, Pete Jorgensen, and grandson, Kenny Sample. He is survived by his brother, Clyde (Lola) Jorgensen; children from his marriage to Zelda Harrell Smith in 1950, Debbie (Emery) Welsh, Rebecca (Ron) Carfield, Richard (Lee) Smith, and Sherry (Steve) Maynes; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; two nephews, and one niece.

Tracey was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister, Pamela (Clay) Schnell; two nephews; two nieces, and all of Ralph's children and grandchildren.

Private Memorial Service is planned.
Published by The Daily Sentinel on Oct. 24, 2021.
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