October 8, 1930 - July 20, 2015
Ralph Ray Smith was born October 8, 1930 in Lumberton, Robeson County, North Carolina. He was the son of Mitchell Brown Smith and Susie Estelle Covington Smith Wenzel. He grew up in St. Pauls, North Carolina, also a part of Robeson County. Ralph served many years in the United States Army National Guard before entering the active military. He served in Japan while the Korean War was in progress, and returned to St. Pauls where he met Doris. They were married at Mulberry Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina in June of 1957. Ralph became employed at Douglas Aircraft (later became McDonnell-Douglas). Ralph and Doris rapidly became the parents of Glenn, Harriet, and Marcus. In 1965 Ralph was transferred to Long Beach, California with McDonnell-Douglas. He was employed there for more than 31 years.
In 1965, the family moved to Anaheim, California where they lived for more than 30 years before moving to Texas. They were members of Covenant Presbyterian Church of Orange, California. While living in California, Doris and Ralph were part of a six-couple team which founded the Covenant Presbyterian Church. Ralph served as an ordained elder for several terms during this time.
In October, 2007, Ralph and Doris moved to North Carolina where they were active in the Olivia Presbyterian Church of Olivia, North Carolina. After a short stent there, they returned to McKinney, Texas and attended Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his parents, Ralph’s only sibling, William Lamar Smith preceded him in death. Ralph is survived by his wife, Doris of 58 years, son Glenn, daughter Harriet and husband Steve, and son Marcus and wife Emma. He is also survived by his grandchildren Zachary and Elizabeth Smith, Krista Kruckeberg, Cari Gomez, and Nathan and Alicia Smith. He is also survived by his great grandchildren, Adelah Smith, and Macey and Zoey Kruckeberg.
A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, July 24, 2015 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church 7820 Silverado Trail, McKinney, Texas 75070. A visitation for family and friends will be prior to the service beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the church.
A committal service with Army honors will be held at 11:15 A.M., Monday, July 27, 2015 at Dallas Ft Worth National Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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