Billy "Bill" Ray SmithJanuary 19, 2009
Mr. Billy Ray 'Bill' Smith, 71, died Monday, January 19, 2009 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
The funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 1:30 pm in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.
Mr. Smith, son of Lonnie and Della Dixon Smith, was a native and longtime resident of Pitt County. He served as a veteran of the United States Air Force during 1955-1959. He was employed as a correctional officer and ran the bloodhounds for the NC Department of Corrections until his retirement due to disability in 1978. Mr. Smith was named Correctional Officer of the year in 1972.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Marie Spencer and Lillie Letchworth, and brothers, Lester, L. J. and Willie B. Smith.
He is survived by his:
wife of 48 years, Geraldine Moore Smith;
sons, Tim Smith and wife, Cathy, of Greenville, and
Jeff Smith and wife, Amanda, of Grimesland;
grandchildren, Brandon, Brittany, Jadey and James Smith;
sister, Dot Letchworth, of Greenville; and
brothers, Jimmy, Linwood, Lloyd Ray and Dalton Smith, all of Greenville.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm at Wilkerson Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Arthritis Foundation, Carolinas Chapter, 200 East Woodlawn Road, Suite, 156, Charlotte, NC 28217.