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Ralph SmithMarch 9, 1938 ~ June 14, 2017 (age 79)
Mr. Marion Ralph Smith, 79, of Grays, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at MUSC in Charleston.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am, Saturday, June 16, 2017 at The Spirit of Life Ministries, Varnville. Interment will follow in Grimes Cemetery.
Born March 9, 1938 in Jasper County, he was a son of the late Marion Bertie Smith and Editha Anna Tuten Smith. He graduated from Grays Consolidated High School and married his high school sweetheart, Betty Smith, and would have been married for 60 years on September 13th. He was a retired millwright and welder; and served in the South Carolina Army National Guard. He was a member of Pine Level Baptist Church and attended Spirit of Life Ministries. He was a member of Road Runners Camping Club and Carpenters Local Union #256. Mr. Ralph, known by his CB handle “Night Owl”, loved fishing, making belt buckles, knives, cookers and bbq grills; but most of all loved spending time with his grandchildren, and his bird, Paulie. He was a bull in his younger years and a lamb in his older years.
Surviving are: his wife, Betty Smith of Grays; children, Terry R. Smith and his wife Donna of Grays and Janet S. Chassereau of Grays and Ron of Hampton; grandchildren, Michelle Stanley and her husband Michael, Bryan L. Smith and his wife Nicole, Rhonda Jones and her husband Joshua, and Blake Chassereau (Brittany Robertson); great grandchildren, Hunter Stanley, Hannah Stanley, Cade Smith, Levi Smith, Peighton Jones, Easton Jones, and Bryce Robertson; and his special friend and companion, Paulie.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to The Spirit of Life Ministries.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, VARNVILLE – HAMPTON CHAPEL, 1074 Yemassee Highway, Varnville, 803.943.5016. Visit the guestbook online at: www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com .