Thursday, August 15, 2013 — Alan Wayne Smith, 50 years of age, of Oakboro, passed away Friday, August 9, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Alan was born March 14, 1963, in Stanly County to Larry Wayne Smith and Larcenia Smith. He knew Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and nothing was more important to him than knowing he would spend eternity in heaven and wanting everyone to have that same faith and trust in God.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, August 11, 2013, at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. The celebration of life service was on Monday at 4 p.m. at Oakboro First Baptist Church with Dr. D. Terrell Watts officiating. Other ministers involved in the service included Rev. Marion W. “Chip” Alsobrooks, Rev. Phillip Smith and Rev. Jeff Springer. The burial followed at Oakboro Cemetery.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Amanda “Mandy” Burgess Smith of the home; sons, Daniel Smith of Oakboro and Andrew Smith of Red Cross; brother, David Smith and wife Angela of Red Cross; parents-in-law, Doug and Ann Burgess of Oakboro; sister-in-law, Denise Ross and husband Jeff of Oakboro; nephews, Dillon Ross, Justin Wiley, and Jason Smith; and numerous special aunts, uncles and cousins.
Alan was a 1981 graduate of West Stanly High School and later received degrees from Stanly Technical College and Wingate University. He loved cheering on the Wingate Bulldogs as both of his sons attended school there.
During his professional career he worked as a QA technician, master scheduler and buyer/planner for three different manufacturing plants in Monroe, N.C.
During a lifetime of church involvement at Red Cross Baptist, Barbee’s Grove Baptist and Oakboro First Baptist, Alan served in numerous capacities. He loved being involved in Royal Ambassadors at Red Cross after being saved at Camp Caraway as a sixth grader and later helped lead RAs at Barbee’s Grove and Oakboro First Baptist.