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Visitation

McNeill Mackie Funeral Home
Friday August 2nd, 2013
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Visitation

McNeill Mackie Funeral Home
Friday August 2nd, 2013
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Funeral Service

Tolarsville Baptist Church
Saturday August 3rd, 2013
11:00am

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Funeral Service

Tolarsville Baptist Church
Saturday August 3rd, 2013
11:00am

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Walter Smith, Sr.

Walter “Graham” Smith Sr., 85, of St. Pauls, passed away on July 31, 2013. He was born September 7, 1927 to the late Walter and Annie Graham Smith. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Shirley Hurtt Smith; children Walter G. Smith Jr.(Sherri); Judy Smith (Mal Owen), Stevie Smith and grandsons Stuart Smith (Stephanie), Seth Smith, and Josh Smith; great grandson Stratton Smith; sisters Lois Livingston, Esther Arne, and Jane Carlyle (Cecil) and special friends the Helen and Jimmy Lowery family. Graham grew up in Tolarsville, attended St. Pauls High School, Oak Ridge Military Academy, North Carolina State University and served in the US Army. He was a veteran of the Korean War, and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars and one United Nations Service Medal. He was a devoted farmer, husband, and father. Graham was awarded Outstanding Young Farmer by the St. Pauls Jaycees, the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce, and the Robeson County Crop Promotion Association. His family was the ASC Farm Family of the Year. He was highly respected in his community, and was always ready to help anyone in need. Graham was a faithful Deacon, and Trustee of Tolarsville Baptist Church, served on the St. Pauls City School Board of Education; First Union National Bank Board of Directors; Robeson County Board of Health; North Carolina Farm Bureau Board of Directors; Federal Tobacco Marketing Advisory Committee; Flue-Cured Tobacco Stabilization Corporation Board of Directors; USDA-ASCS County Committee; and was past president of Robeson County Farm Bureau. A funeral service will be conducted at Tolarsville Baptist Church at 11 am on Saturday, August 3, 2013 with Revs. William Gentry, Jeff Broadwell and Tim Sellers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 2, from 6-8 pm at McNeill Mackie Funeral Home in St. Pauls. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tolarsville Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 558, St. Pauls, NC 28384. Arrangements by McNeill Mackie Funeral Home, St. Pauls.


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May your many cherished memories bring you comfort! ...my thoughts are with you, Judy and family...

Lisa Brisson Aug 8 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Family, What a wonderful man! Reading Graham's obituary, I learned so much about his humble grace and influence. It is an honor to have been in his presence. Wishing you all some comfort and peace during this journey and knowing you'll come through stronger because of him. Love Always, Jan (and Armand!)

Jan Chaffin Aug 7 2013 12:00 AM

To Steve & Family,I just found out. I wanted to convey my deepest sympathies to all of you and to let you know that you are in my thoughts & prayers.

Steve Sessions Aug 6 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Aunt Shirley and family,I was deeply saddened at the passing of Uncle Graham.He was a wonderful man and even though we live a long way away, we will all miss him and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.He is with his Lord and one day we will see him again. love to all, Julia xoxoxox

Julia Livingston Aug 4 2013 12:00 AM

My dear Shirley,Volene emailed me the obituary about Graham. I send you my heartfelt condolences . I'm not sure if and when I will get home again but hope you will drop me a note when you can.I do think about you and the times we had with Frances years ago. My regards to you and your family. Alice Wilkinson 4800 DeMaisonneuve, W. apt.323 Westmount,QuebecCanada

Alice Wilkinson Aug 4 2013 12:00 AM

My heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Smith, Walter Graham, Judy, Stevie and families.I cannot be there in person, but I am with you in spirit.Mr. Smith's many accomplishments are commendable, and those of us who knew him will always remember his services to his nation, county, and community.Peace be with you all.

Kenneth Daniel Aug 3 2013 12:00 AM

He was loved in life and now loved in death. He was a pillow of the community and will be missed by all. Prayers to his family.

Linda Gunter Aug 2 2013 12:00 AM

Shirley and Family, We were sorry to hear about Graham.Please know that he will be remembered with love.He has always been a rock solid person and someone to look up to.We will miss him a lot. Our prayers will be with you as always.

Ed Jr and Linda Hamblin Aug 2 2013 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.Mr. Walter Graham was a fine man.He was a gentleman through and through.We know you will miss him dearly.Although we have been gone from St. Pauls for many years, Judy Everette always kept us informed of how you were all doing.Please know that we are thinking about you during this difficult time. John & Susie Epting

Susie Pfeiffer Epting Aug 1 2013 12:00 AM