Ralston Lewis Smith



Ralston Lewis Smith, 92, of Harnett and Brunswick Counties went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, after a long illness.

Born April 14, 1925 to Grover Artis and Carrie Elizabeth Messer Smith, he is survived by the love of his life and wife of 69 years, Jacqueline (Jackie) Adams Smith; children: Debbie S. Jackson (Harry) of Sampson County; Jeffrey L. Smith (Bernice) of Kipling; Jennifer S. Harrop (Don) of Angier. Grandchildren: Tracy Jackson of Raleigh, Dawn Hampton (Jim) of Tampa, FL, Stephanie Moore (Tony) of Chesapeake,Va, Ashley Blalock of New York, NY; Clint Harrop of Angier. Great-grandchildren: Colby and Alexandra Jackson, Cade, Cole, and Riley Hampton and Emma Moore. Brother, Lonnie Sherwood (Buddy) Smith of Angier. Sisters, Shirley Martin of Charlotte and Pat Mills of Holly Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: G. Loyce Smith, Garland R. Smith, Grover A. Smith, Jr., Charles L. Smith; and sisters: Mary McKinney and Myrtle Ray.

Raised in Angier, he attended Angier School before being drafted. A proud veteran of World War II, he served his country in Patton’s Third Army in Europe where he fought in many campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge. Among the many commendations he earned were the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. For over 25 years Ralston was a self-employed businessman and leader in Lillington where he operated R.L. Smith Company on Main Street as a heating and air contractor, propane distributor and convenience store owner/operator. He served as a Town Commissioner, Street Commissioner, Mayor Pro Tem and on the ABC Board. He was a Mason and a member of the Harnett County Shrine. Ralston and Jackie retired to Brunswick County in 1983 where he continued his full and active life. He was a contractor and built several houses in the area. A skilled wood-worker, he formed the Windy Point Woodcarvers Club where he taught woodcarving through the local community college. He loved to fish, play golf, carve and spend time with family and friends. He was always there to help his neighbors, friends and family.
He had a deep love of his Lord and was a former member of both Neills Creek Baptist Church and Lillington Baptist Church. Upon moving to the coast, he and Jackie were instrumental in forming and building Brunswick Islands Baptist Church. There he served several terms on the Deaconate and was Chairman of the Deacons. He led a full life serving his fellow man and his Lord. He was the rock of his family and will be celebrated forever.

A memorial service will be conducted 11:00 am Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at Angier Baptist Church with the Rev. Allison Collier, Rev. David Stratton and Rev. Rudy Ramphal officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church sanctuary. A private graveside service will be held at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the hospice of your choice or to Brunswick Island Baptist Church, 1672 Mt. Pisgah Rd. SW, Supply, NC 28462.