The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 27, 2013

Walter Smith retired after more than 25 years at Collins & Aikman


Friday, September 27, 2013 — Walter Stack Smith, 78 years of age, of Albemarle, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at Bethany Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Albemarle.

Walter was born December 20, 1934, in Anson County to the late Richmond Elwood Smith and the late Radie Elizabeth Pope Smith. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Fredrick Smith.

Walter retired from Collins and Aikman after more than 25 years.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2013, at Hartsell Funeral Home in Albemarle. The funeral service, officiated by Rev. Joe Smith, will be on Friday, September 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Hartsell Funeral Home’s Lefler Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Stanly Gardens of Memory, 2001 E. Main St., Albemarle.

At other times, the family will gather at his home.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Gennie Smith of Albemarle; sons, Sandy L. Smith and Gerald (Angela) Smith of Albemarle; daughter, Sylvia (David) Stirewalt of New London; stepsons, Terry and Barry Harris of Oakboro; brother, Billy Smith of Albemarle; sisters, Lily Stoker of Albemarle and Betty Garner of Denton; grandchildren, Dale, Sandy Jr. and Santanna Smith, Andy, Aaron and Anita Stirewalt and Ashley Mason and Amanda Laton; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 N. First St., Albemarle, NC 28001.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Smith family.

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