Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:09

Rudolph Smith

Rudolph Smith, 79, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Signature Healthcare of Roanoke Rapids.

Rudolph was born in Halifax County, November 25, 1937, to the late Ernest Edward and Sally Victoria Parker Smith. 

He enjoyed NASCAR. playing pool and was a long-time member of Little Country Baptist Church. 

In addition to his parents, Rudolph was preceded in death by brothers, James Smith, Benjamin Smith and William Smith; sisters, Ollie Mae Smith and Ernestine Faithful, and a grandchild, Charles T. Geiser, III.

Surviving are his sons, Steve Smith and Randy Smith, both of Spartanburg, SC; daughters, Gladys Debra Bishop and Lynn Gates, both of Spartanburg, SC; brother, Jesse Smith of Spartanburg, SC; sisters, Helen Wayne of West Virginia, Betsy Richardson of Warrenton and Barbara Ellis of Roanoke Rapids; grandchildren, Michael Smith, Nottie Wood, Stacey Michelle Bishop, Lynn Powers, Joe Powers, Kenny Powers, Chrisy Bullock, William Baughan, Ashleigh Geiser and Nathan Geiser. Also surviving are 8 great grandchildren and 3 step-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 18, 2017, at Hockaday Funeral & Cremation Service from 7-8:30 pm. 

Rev. James Jenkins will conduct funeral services Saturday, August 19, 2017, in the chapel at Hockaday beginning at 2:00 pm. 

Interment will follow in Cedarwood Cemetery.

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