October 29, 2021, 87, Princeton –
John Ray Smith, 87, of Princeton, passed away Friday, October 29, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. Mr. Smith was born October 4, 1934 and was the son of the late Charlie Nixon and Virginia Mitchell Smith Wall. He was married to Blois Vaughn Smith. He is preceded in death by 2 sons; Donnie and Mark Smith, 4 brothers; Willie Smith, Dock Smith, Buck Smith, and Junior Smith, 2 sisters; Minnie Hill and Lillie Mae Edwards.
Mr. Smith was an accomplished brick mason where he taught generations his artistry. He proudly served his country in the US Army. In later years, he owned and operated Ray Smith Motors, wheeling and dealing with family, friends, and the public.
Mr. Smith had many passions in his life including, fishing, Nascar racing, and being a pilot in past years. His most important treasure was his family. His love as a husband, father, grandfather, and brother was unsurpassed. Loving his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great granddaughter was the highlight of his life.
The funeral Service will be conducted at 6:00 pm Tuesday, November 2nd at Casey Funeral Home & Cremations Chapel with the Reverend Dennis Pollock officiating. Committal Service will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday at Princeton Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm Tuesday, November 2nd prior to the Funeral Service.
Ray is survived by his wife; Blois Vaughn Smith, daughters; Brenda Ormond of Goldsboro, Patricia McKeel of Selma, Jackie Radcliff of Princeton, 6 grandchildren; Melody McCoy, Jason McKeel, Bradley McKeel, Jacob Pfaller, Travis Pfaller, Matthew Pfaller, 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter.