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David  Ray Smith
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Mr. David Ray Smith, 65, went to be with his Lord and Saviour June 30, 2016. He was born in Forsyth County, on August 25, 1950, to Ina Lois Smith, and the late Thomas Mclean Smith. David knew early in life that racing would be his life’s direction. He began racing at Bowman Gray Stadium that eventually led to a career in NASCAR with Richard Childress Racing. He was the award-winning and multi-championship jack man for the #3 Chevrolet for many years as one of the “Flying Aces.” He then became Crew Chief in 1996 during his tenure in his career. He moved on to being team manager and pit crew coach for the multi-team operation. His testimony of being a Christian was well known throughout the racing industry as he witnessed to all with whom he came into contact. His successful career was replicated in being a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realtors. He is preceded in death by his father; and one brother, Tommy Smith. Surviving is his beloved wife of 36 years, Karen Opal Smith; two sons, Joshua and Justin Smith; one grandson, Owen Smith; his mother, Ina Lois Smith; two sisters, Janet (Terry) Griffin, and Susan Whiteheart. He is also survived by his in-laws, Glen and Opaline Shockley; two brothers-in-law, Michael (Lisa) Shockley, and David (Becky) Shockley. Surviving in addition are several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. A funeral service will be conducted 3:00 P.M. Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Freedom Baptist Church in Rural Hall, N.C. with Pastor Jon White and Rev. Clint Fredericks officiating. Interment will follow at Rural Hall Memorial park. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Hayworth-Miller Chapel Rural Hall from 6 PM to 8 PM. The family would like to give special thanks for those at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home for their professional care given. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Freedom Baptist Church, PO Box 159, Rural Hall, NC, 27045, and Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC, 27103. Online condolences may be made at (Hayworth-Miller Rural Hall).

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hayworth-Miller Rural Hall Chapel

305 Bethania Rural Hall Road
Rural Hall, NC 27045





3:00 PM
Freedom Baptist Church

1000 Rural Hall-Germanton Road
5739 Old Rural Hall Rd., NC 27045

Cemetery Details


Rural Hall Memorial Park

531 Tobaccoville Rd.
Rural Hall, NC 27045

Memorial Contribution

Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home

101 Hospice Lane
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Freedom Baptist Church

1000 Rural Hall-Germanton Road
5739 Old Rural Hall Rd., NC 27045

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