Ronald Evans Smith 71, passed away Monday, March 29, 2021 at his home.

Ronnie was born May 18, 1949 in Chatham County. He was a graduate of Union Pines High School, class of 1970. He served his country in the United States Army. Ronnie was a truck driver, maintenance man for Moore County Schools, and a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Southern Pines until his retirement. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and uncle. His family was very important to him and he loved time spending with them, especially his grandson Justin and great grandson Evan. Ronnie loved the outdoors, deer hunting, traveling, camping and seeing new places. He also enjoyed raising horses and participating in horse shows, winning many trophies and ribbons in his younger days. He was a quiet man but showed his faith to others in the way that he lived. 

Ronnie was a son of the late John and Wilma Kidd Smith and was preceded in death by brothers: Clarence Smith, Wilbur Smith, Jesse Smith; sister: Judy Maness.

Ronnie is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen Maness Smith; daughter: Michelle Peele (Ben); grandson: Justin Watson (Kelly); great grandson: Evan; special family member: Johnny McLaughlin; siblings: Johnny Smith, Jimmie Smith, Betty Ann Murray, Clara Jean Hussey, Mary Ruth Powers, Carol Hicks; many nieces, nephews and friends. 

Graveside service will be 3:00 PM, Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Pine Rest Cemetery with Reverend Darrell Williams officiating. The body will lie in state Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Kennedy Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home. 

The family asked that we follow COVID precautions, including wearing a mask during all services. 

Memorials may be made to .St Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. 

Kennedy Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smith family.

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Visitation: April 1, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kennedy Funeral Home
241 N Middleton Street
Robbinsq, NC 27325


Graveside Service: April 1, 2021 3:00 pm

Pine Rest Cemetery
Highway 705 South
Robbins, NC 27325

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  1. So sorry to hear of Ronnie passing, he was a good friend and always enjoyed talking to him. Will miss him. May God give Karen the strength over the coming days.

  2. Sending love and prayers for healing, Karen. We are so very sorry for your loss!!❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼
    Pam and Bill Medlin

  3. I am praying for you all I love you bunches I am so sorry. Uncle Ronnie was so special to me and I love him so much . I will miss him so much ❤️❤️❤️

  4. My heartfelt Sympathy Karen and all your family! Leon always enjoyed talking with Ronnie and thought highly of him! God will give you the strength to carry on and you have wonderful memories of your days together! Leon passed suddenly on Good Friday and I completely understand! ♥️

  5. William and I are sad to hear the news of Ronnie’s passing. He was a quiet cousin, but one we always enjoyed. We pray that God will embrace the family with the love, peace and comfort that only He can give.

  6. Rest in Peace Uncle Ronnie. You were such a great Uncle to me growing up and through the years. I have so many wonderful memories of you that I’ll cherish forever. I’ll miss those big bears hugs but I know I’ll see you again one day. I’ll love you always.

  7. We were so lucky to have Ronnie and Karen move into our neighborhood! He made us laugh, he always showed a helping hand and he was so amazing with our boys. Evan especially enjoyed his company. We will miss seeing him ride his John Deere and stopping to have casual conversation. He will be greatly missed always! We all loved him.

  8. I will miss him riding up and down the block and talking to him. He taught me things and I enjoyed spending time with him.
    He was like a Grandpa to me and I will miss him a lot.

  9. With “Heart-Felt” Sympathy, Love and Prayers 🙏 for Karen and family. “As long as we live and remember, our loved ones live within our hearts.” May God hold you especially close through this difficult time. Grief hurts. Matthew 5:4

  10. Karen, we are so very sorry for the loss of sweet Ronnie! He was such a wonderful and kind person, and always had a smile when we saw him. We are praying God will give you comfort and ease the pain of your broken heart as you strive to endure the difficult days ahead🙏🙏. Love you💕

  11. Andy, Georgene & Winston ( Ronnies 4 legged friend.)
    Our love, hearts & prayers are with you Karen & family. We only got to know Ronnie a short time. Too short. All the families on our road will miss him very much. He always road by the house in his John Deere Gator, with a smile most every day. He made raised beds for our yard to grow our vegetables & herbs. He always spoke of their home in Robbins. We were very blessed to have them move to our neighborhood. Your friend with the paws, misses you already. He cant wait to see you again & share a ribeye. Karen, may the love you shared, light a path to comfort and peace. Remember your tears are precious to God and to us.

  12. George and Sharon, two doors down the road from you. Karen, we can’t begin to know how you feel but pray that the peace of God that passes all understanding, will keep your heart and mind through Christ our Lord. Ronnie was special to us, he stopped by several times and lent George a hand, or just chatted like a friend does. He is already missed!

  13. Prayers for the family. Ronnie was a old time friend. Karen is an old time friend also. Karen KEEP the faith. We will meet again.

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