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Cecil Johnnie Smith

Cecil SmithCecil J.  Smith, 79, of Albemarle passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015 in Stanly Regional Medical Center. His funeral service will be 11 AM Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Porter Baptist Church with Rev. Kenny Wallace officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 in the evening from 6 PM until 8PM at Stanly Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith was born on April 16, 1936 in Stanly County, N.C. and was the son of the late Boone Grady Smith and Lillian Treece Smith.  He was a member and former Deacon of Porter Baptist Church in Norwood, N.C. and was retired from the City of Albemarle Electric Department with 35 years of service. He was a member of the Stanly County Rescue Squad with over 20 years of service, where he invented “Cecil’s Rig”, a device used to evacuate victims from car accidents. Cecil loved his dogs, outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and working with his hands. He especially loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ellen Hartsell Smith of the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Denise Smith Furr (Dean) of Bessemer City, N.C., a daughter in-law Lydia Williams Smith of Norwood, N.C., two brothers, Roy Smith and Bill Smith; one sister, Betty Smith Bigelow; grandchildren Jessica Furr Saricicek (Emre) of Asheville, N.C., Jonathan Bruce Furr of Gastonia, Lindsey Ann Smith of Albemarle, and Allison Leigh Smith of Norwood; great-grandchildren Walter Aslan and Mirabelle Raven Saricicek, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by one son, Rickey Dudley Smith; four brothers Kenneth Smith, Benson Smith, Luther Smith, and Jim Smith; and one sister, Dorothy Smith Swaringen.

Memorials may be made to Porter Baptist Church at 16562-A US 52 South. Norwood, N.C. 28128


  • David and Mellanie Morgan Posted October 5, 2015 3:25 pm

    All of you are in our thoughts

  • Richard and Gail Williams Posted October 5, 2015 5:45 pm

    What a blessing it was to know Cecil Smith! He will be sorely missed. Our prayers are going out to the entire family…with much love.

  • Brenda Todd Posted October 5, 2015 11:24 pm

    He was such a special person. So Kind and caring. You all are such a great family and I love you much. Prayers are with you.

  • Julia York Posted October 6, 2015 12:20 pm

    Praying for your family! I am so thankful I was able to meet Mr. Smith and hear stories from Allison about him. Love you guys!

  • Clegg Ridenhour/Susan R. Goodwin Posted October 6, 2015 2:11 pm

    Cecil was a wonderful friend to my dad, Clegg. I always enjoyed his stories and visits. God Bless you Mary Ellen and family. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Ana Posted October 28, 2015 5:35 pm

    Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. Words alone can not ease the pain when grieving the loss of a love one. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”. May God give you and your family comfort in your loving memories and in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they resurrected as per John 5:28-29. May these words give you a new hope, with deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.

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