Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Steven Ray Smith

Steven Ray Smith, 45, of Locust passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Atrium Health Cabarrus. His funeral service will be 11 AM Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Locust First Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Ross, Rev. Eddie Barbee and Acting Chief Jeff Shew presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday evening at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Locust from 6 until 8 PM.

Born May 9, 1975 in Concord, he was the son of the late Danny Boyce Smith and Sandra Kay Hartsell Smith. Mr. Smith was the Chief of Police for the City of Locust and a member of Locust First Baptist Church. He enjoyed the outdoors; hunting, fishing, camping and grilling out. He dearly loved his family.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife Melissa Griffin Smith, daughter Riley Faith Smith and son Hunter Ray Smith all of the home. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers Chris Smith and Keith Smith.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Melissa Smith : Riley & Hunter College Fund at any State Employees Credit Union or mailed to Locust Police Police Department, PO Box 190, Locust, NC 28097.

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  • Harold Greene Posted July 23, 2020 1:39 am


  • Kelly Burgess Posted July 23, 2020 10:08 am

    My condolences go out to this family. Mr. Smith was always a very kind man….I (we) take care of Max his Weimaraner at Colonial Animal. But I would always pick on Mr. Smith being a Duke fan and me being a Tarheel fan….he gave me heck for that. He will surely be missed.

  • Charles & Vicki Higgins Posted July 23, 2020 11:14 am

    Steven was a down to earth GREAT guy.

  • vivian furr Posted July 23, 2020 10:10 pm

    Steven was a great person! Our prayers are with you all as you go through this very difficult time. Love you all!

  • Alan Eury Posted July 23, 2020 10:55 pm

    . Praying for the family, friends and LPD. 🙏❤️🙏

  • Alan and Kay Eury Posted July 24, 2020 7:37 am

    Praying for the family, friends and LPD. 🙏❤️🙏

  • Kinney Wallace Posted July 24, 2020 10:59 am

    May the grace of God and the power of God bless and be near you during these days. May He
    comfort you through His Holy Spirit and His Holy Word. Remember that He said, “And Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” I love you and am praying for you. Kinney Wallace.

  • Scott Boggs Posted July 24, 2020 12:53 pm

    My most sincere condolences to the Smith family on the loss of Steve. I was Steve’s Field Training Officer when he came to the Kannapolis Police Department, and worked with him for several years. Steve was a fine Officer and a great friend. I have nothing but fond memories of him. I know Steve is at peace in God’s care. Peace and comfort to the Smith family during this difficult moment.

  • Donnie Hatley Posted July 24, 2020 2:17 pm

    God bless

  • Glenn & Jackie Huneycutt Posted July 24, 2020 4:31 pm

    Great guy with a huge heart!
    Will miss that contagious smile & laughter.
    May God shroud HIS love around the hearts of Melissa, Riley and Hunter……we love you!

  • Mike Barbee Posted July 24, 2020 5:20 pm

    He loved his family and he loved to serve the community. He truly was a down to earth guy. He will be missed.

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