Richard Smyre

Richard Smyre

Wednesday, February 18th, 1948 - Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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John 14: 3 " And I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

Remembering the Life of
Mr. Richard Oscar Smyre
A smile for all, a heart of gold, one of the finest this world could hold,
Never selfish, always kind, these are the memories he leaves behind…

Mr. Richard Oscar Smyre (aka “Big Slow, Crow, Slick Rick) was the beloved son of the late Robert Lee Smyre, Sr. and the late Hazel Redman. Mr. Richard Smyre was born in Iredell County on February 18, 1948. He departed this life at Davie Rehabilitation Center in Mocksville, North Carolina on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at the age of 72.
He attended North Iredell High School and after leaving high school, he worked for Holly Farms Poultry in Hiddenite, NC. Upon leaving Holly Farms he then went to work for Union Grove Lumber Company, Union Grove, NC where he worked until his health prevented continuance of work. At an early age, Mr. Richard Smyre joined Siloam African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Statesville, North Carolina.
He was married to Darlene Kimber Smyre and to that union had two children. Preceding him in death were three brothers, Robert Lee Smyre, Jr., James Philliph Smyre and Hubert Reid Smyre; and his stepmother, Catherine Warren Smyre.
He leaves to cherish the memory of his life, two daughters, Daphine Smyre (Khalic) Razzak of Winston Salem, NC and Jamie Smyre of Statesville, NC; three sisters, Hazel Williams of Taylorsville, NC, Doretha (Robie) Nichols and Thelma Gaither, both of Harmony NC; a step-sister, Millecent Bellamy of Statesville, NC; one brother, John William (Rosetta) Smyre of Harmony, NC; one step-brother, Charles Warren of Union Grove, NC; one aunt, Mrs. Mildred Dobbins of Statesville, NC; two grandsons, Xavier Jackson and Ibn Razzak, Jr.,; three granddaughters, Bryanna Smyre, Jae’siah Smyre and Khalilah Razzak; one stepson, Dale Williams; one step-brother, Charles Warren of Union Grove; a sister-in-law, Johnsie Parker Smyre; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was a simple man and loved his family. He loved watching Western Movies and Wresting and in short, he loved the simple things of life. Rest in God’s Peace “Big Slow”.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home. Reverend Robin Williams, Pastor will officiate and burial will follow in the Siloam AME Zion Church Cemetery in Olin.

There will be NO PUBLIC VISITATION, however general public viewing on Monday, April 6, 2020 until 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral hour.
Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 Virus we, at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home, along with other funeral homes across the country, have been issued a mandate to limit the number of family and/or friends at funeral services. YOU CAN ONLY ENTER THE FUNERAL WITH A FUNERAL PASS WHICH WILL BE GIVEN TO THE FAMILY.
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    603 South Center Street
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    Pastor Robin Williams
  • Interment

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
    Siloam AME Zion Church
    Tabor Road
    OLIN, NC
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Anna Dupree

Posted at 10:10am
I had a friend that married into the Symre family. I am so sorry for your loss. Our Heavenly Father never meant for us to suffer such tremendous pain of losing our dearly loved ones in death. That is why he had it written in the Holy Bible that he will do away with death and wipe the tears from your eyes. ( Revelation 21:3,4 ). Most importantly, God promised to bring back those sleeping in the graves ( John 5:28,29). Oh, what a joyful time that will be! While we wait for that day, may your precious memories bring you comfort.

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