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William Smith

William Lee "Punkin" Smith Sr.

Saturday, September 1st, 1962 - Saturday, December 26th, 2020
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William Lee Smith, Sr. was born September 1, 1962 and passed away December 25, 2020, making his stay on earth 58 years. He is the son of the late Robert Lee Smith, and Bertha Pool Smith.

“Punkin” was what we all fondly called him. William learned as young boy how to work hard from his Father. William was a respectful, genuine loving man, who never met a stranger. “Punkin” had “blessed” hands and was talented in construction and carpentry work. Many houses and homes have been blessed from the artwork, building, and creativity of his handy work. He worked for many construction companies, and for a number of years had his own Carpentry business. His family, community members, and friends will miss the great handiwork and talent he provided. William, was a Christian. He was a member, as a young man, of Highland Acres Church of Christ, and then in 1999 joined Faith Tabernacle Holy Church of God under the leadership of Bishop Ethelene B. Bryan. At FTHC, William built steps up to the church attic, installed an upstairs bathroom, upgraded the downstairs fellowship hall, and assisted with other construction and maintenance duties. He was active with leading devotion and heartfelt prayers.

“Punkin” was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Lee Gray, James Lee Smith, and two sisters, Jimmie Lou Brown, and Georgia Parsons.

William leaves to cherish his baby daughter Hannah E. Smith (Statesville, NC), daughter, Kiahisha Smith, (Statesville, NC), son, Billy (Kate) Smith (Denver, Colorado), a sister Gloria (James) Jackson (Statesville, NC), brothers, Vinson (Maria) Smith, (Statesville, NC), and Jimmie Lee (Terry) Smith (Stony Point, NC), a sister Melanie, a brother Hank, Keith (Jennifer) Lawrence, all of Statesville, NC, Melba Smith (New York), two grandchildren Elijah Morrison, Ta’Hannah Morrison, and loving friend Seprena Vanderburg.

Graveside Celebration Services will be conducted on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., at Cemetery, Statesville. Pastor James Jackson will officiate.

There will be NO PUBLIC VISITATION (WAKE), 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.

GENERAL PUBLIC VIEWING WILL BE HELD ON Tuesday, December 29, 2020, beginning from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and resume Wednesday Morning, December 30, 2020 from 9:00 A.M. 12 Noon. You can also view Mr. Smith's remains virtually on-line at: www.youtube.com, search William Smith Viewing.

Visit the Book of Memories for William Smith at www.rutledgeandbigham.com. Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Smith Family.

GO TO VIEW ONLINE STREAMING OF THE SERVICE...GO TO FACEBOOK TO Bernardeane Moton or Michael McClelland Page.

AFTER THE SERVICE IS OVER YOU CAN VIEW THE ONLINE VIDEO BY CLICKING ON HIS PICTURE ON OUR WEBSITE. GO TO The BOOK OF MEMORIES CLICK ON PHOTOS AND VIDEO. YOU WILL SEE A LINK TO FACEBOOK - THAT'S THE ONLINE VIDEO.
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    View Mr. Smith's remains virturally at: www.youtube.com / search: William Smith Viewing
  • Service

    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Belmont Cemetery
    Address
    Greenbriar Road
    STATESVILLE, NC 28625
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Belmont Cemetery
    Address
    Greenbriar Road
    STATESVILLE, NC 28625
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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W Chuck Campbell

Posted at 02:09am
Pumpkin was truly a kind and happy soul since the first day I met him in our Belmont community. I can never remember a time not seeing that Big Vibrant Smile that could light an entire room. Simply put William Punkin Smith was a great neighbor and friend to all he encountered. Punkin will be truly missed. My prayers continue for the Smith family. Rest In Peace William “Punkin” Smith.

SIT DOWN SERVANT AND REST A LITTLE WHILE.

W. Chuck Campbell
Blessed to have known you+
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Steve Clark

Posted at 05:57am
My sincere condolences to the family. I didn’t know him personally but I knew two of his brothers and his mother. All just wonderful people.!❤️
KB

Kerri Blevins

Posted at 04:09pm
William was such a wonderful, talented Maintenance Technician for us at Excel Property Management, Inc. He was always available to lend a helping hand to any property in need of assistance. His presence was delightful and he will truly be missed.
-Kerri Blevins, Regional Asset Manager Excel Property Management, Inc.
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Sonia O Scott

Posted at 03:11pm
Condolences to the family of William Smith from Barry and Sonia Scott.
 
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Crystal Owens Posted at 08:25pm

William and I created 2 beautiful children Kiahisha and William Jr. and his legacy will live on through them and his wonderful grandkids Elijah and Tehannah.
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