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Reverend Clarence E. Smith, Jr. "Buddy"

Reverend Clarence E. Smith, Jr. "Buddy", age 72, of Kings Mountain, passed away at CaroMont Health in Gastonia, NC on May 8, 2017. Born in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Clarence E. Smith, Sr. "Grassy" and Ionia Byers Smith. He was also preceded in death by sister Brenda Smith Platt (husband Gary Platt). He was a member of Pathway Baptist Church for many years. He was a teacher and vice president at Heaven's Avenue Baptist University and held numerous degrees at the university. He was a postal worker for over 22 years. Buddy was well known for his love of racing with his father and brother and the many years of success that they enjoyed together.

SURVIVORS: Wife of 54 years, Gloria Kirby Smith, Kings Mountain, NC;

Daughters: Sonya Smith Crawford and husband Ronald, Boiling Springs, NC;

Shannon Smith Bagwell and husband Brent, Kings Mountain, NC;

Miranda Shea Smith, Kings Mountain, NC;

Sister: Josephine Smith Moss and late husband Dick Moss "Lefty" Kings Mountain, NC;

Brother: Freddy Smith and wife Naomi Smith, Seymour, TN

Grandchildren: Brandon Panther, Mark Crawford and wife Holly, Chase Panther and wife Kaitlyn, Jeff Crawford and wife Jessica, Daniel Bagwell, David James Bagwell, Paige Bagwell, Jayden Smith, Kylar Smith

6 Great Grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other family members, and church members that he loved dearly.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Friday, May 12, 2017, 1:00PM First Presbyterian Church in Kings Mountain, with James Hamrick officiating.

VISITATION: Thursday, May 11, 2017 6-8pm at Harris Funeral Home

MEMORIALS: Pathway Baptist Church 3100 Parkdale Circle, Kings Mountain, NC 28086



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