Gayle Patrick Smith went to meet his Lord and Savior on May 05, 2020, at or around 11:45 p.m. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife Mickey Ruth Smith, siblings Marilyn, Linda, Russell, Dorothy, James, Dewey, Grace, Dallas, Mary, and John. Surviving is Edith, a sister, and Gayle’s only two sons- Jamie Smith (Sarah) Myrtle Beach SC and Shannon Smith (Genevieve) Concord NC- Grandchildren Haley, Seth, Chance Smith all of Concord NC.
Gayle was a hard-working man. He would freely tell you he loved to work. After losing his father, John J. Smith at the age of eight, he was raised primarily by his siblings. Lollie E. Smith, his mother (Deceased) had eleven other children to rear. Gayle worked and managed the farm successfully during the day and worked a night shift at a furniture manufacturing facility and a tobacco warehouse to earn a living wage for his young family. When it made financial sense, he positioned himself to work in the public sector. Smith gave twenty-three years to Georgia Pacific. He worked for a fabrication shop and late in life a stint at a truss plant and a tire retreading facility.
Had he desired to leave any legacy; it would have been for his witness. Boldly, he professed the name of Jesus everywhere he went. He gladly and wholeheartedly cared for everyone’s soul. He carried a business card which read: Gayle Patrick Smith, God’s Personal Servant. Rest high GPS.
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