Charles Rodney Smith

December 20, 1934 ~ December 2, 2020 (age 85)

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Charles Rodney Smith, 85, of Lenoir, NC, passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at his daughter's home in Louisa, KY. He was born December 20, 1934 in Burke County to the late William Robert and Pansy Belle Smith. 

He was a 1953 graduate of Morganton High School. He retired from Newton Transportation after 47 years of employment. His passion was serving as music director in numerous churches throughout the county. His first directing position was at Central Baptist Church in Whitnel and his most recent position was at Union Baptist Church in Oakhill Community where he faithfully served from 1983 to 2002. His love of his Lord, his family, his church, and music was evident to all and brought him great joy. He served as handyman while his wife Ruth served as house parent at the Care House in Lenoir. 

Survivors include his son Trevis (Lynn) Smith of Wilkesboro, NC; daughter Tammy Smith of Louisa, KY; granddaughter Stacey (Nash) Degarmo of Brookline, NH; great-grandchildren Declan, Greta and Mae Degarmo of New Hampshire; 7 siblings Audrey Smith, Dale Smith, Sabra Haigler, Sandra Miller, and Willard Guy Smith of Lenoir, NC, Penny Smith of Lexington, NC, and Danny Smith of Charlotte, NC and a large number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Ruth Kirby Smith; 2 brothers Robert "Bob" Allen Smith and William Hillard Smith. 

A celebration of life for Rodney and Ruth will be held at a later date. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Moravian Falls Baptist Church, PO Box 188, Moravian Falls, NC 28654 or to Louisa First United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 763, Louisa, KY 41230 or to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101. The family wishes to express sincere thanks to the staff and healthcare workers of Community Hospice for their loving care of both parents. 

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Louisa First United Methodist Church
202 W Main Street, PO Box 763, Louisa KY 41230
Tel: 1-606-638-4435

Community Hospice
1480 Carter Ave., Ashland KY 41101
Tel: 1-606-329-1890

Moravian Falls Baptist Church
PO Box 188, Moravian Falls NC 28654

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