George Virgil Smith Sr.
George Virgil Smith Sr., 75, of Midland, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, while in hospice care.
Born in Monroe, he grew up in Monroe and Charlotte. He moved to Midland in 1988, with his wife, Dianna and family. George was best known for his love of baseball, a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan. He was on the sidelines cheering for Stefanie, GeoAnna and George Jr. in their adult softball league at every chance. He also loved taking his car, the Black Panther, a Chevelle he purchased in 1966 to cruise-ins. He fully restored the car in recent years. George enjoyed golf, pool and watching football.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil Everette and Catherine Elva Smith; as well as his brother, Nicky.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Dianna Jean; three daughters, December Johnson (Bryan), Stefanie Smith, and GeoAnna Sarra (Mike); son, George Virgil Smith Jr. (Melissa); granddaughters, Sophie Bean and Mya Smith; brothers, Joe Smith (Joy) of Indian Trail and Jesse Smith (June) of Charlotte; sister, Annie Lynn Helms (Jerry) of Pawley's Island, S.C.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
George worked at Lakeside Motel, a Smith family owned business, for many years. He later majored in industrial maintenance and carpentry from RCCC. He also graduated from CPCC, majoring in machinist and computer operations. He worked at Fieldcrest Cannon in Kannapolis as a maintenance planner and with Robert E. Mason & Associates in Charlotte as a panel technician.
A memorial gathering will be held Thursday, Oct. 14, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., Charlotte, NC 28227.
The family is beyond grateful for the loving and compassionate care provided at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com
for the Smith family.
McEwen Funeral Service - Mint Hill
Published by Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune on Oct. 13, 2021.