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Anthony Ray (Buck) Smith Sr., born January 3, 1957 to the late Mattie Smith and Terry Ledbetter departed this life Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:45am at Atrium Health-Stanly, Albemarle, North Carolina.

He attended Stanly County Public Schools, graduating in 1975 from South Stanly High School, Norwood, North Carolina.  Anthony was employed at C&A Mills in Norwood, North Carolina for a number of years.

He confessed Christ at an early age at First Baptist Church in Norwood, North Carolina.

He leaves to cherish fond memories two children: one son, Anthony Ray Smith Jr. and one daughter, Sanaaya Spinks of the home.  One sister, Sandra Ledbetter of Norwood, North Carolina; two brothers, Terry D. Ledbetter (Donetta) of Charlotte, North Carolina and Michael A. Ledbetter (Tabrena) of Hubert, North Carolina.  A special mother, Martha Ledbetter of Norwood, North Carolina; four uncles, Joe Fred (Catherine) Ledbetter of Albemarle, North Carolina, Henry Smith (Sharon) of Jackson Springs, North Carolina, Albert Smith (Kate) and Marshall Smith (Mae) of Ellerbe, North Carolina; four aunts, Rosa Capel of Candor, North Carolina, Sylvia Martin of Biscoe, North Carolina, Onza K. Colson and Ella Smith Sellers (Allen) of Ellerbe, North Carolina. 

Three special cousins, Rev. Anthony Ledbetter, Effie Ledbetter and Kenny Lilly who were raised together in the home of their grandparents, the late William Joe and Foy Ledbetter.  Effie was his special caregiver who made sure his needs were taken care of.

A host of nieces, nephews, other cousins and friends who will cherish fond memories of Buck.  

The Homegoing Services were held on Saturday, March 9, 2019, 11:00am, Smith's Memorial Chapel, 604 Salisbury Street, Wadesboro, North Carolina.  Burial followed in the First Baptist Church Cemetery, Norwood, North Carolina.

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  • Monday, March 4, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith's FH
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019
    To the family. You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your love one. "God promised though his son Jesus Christ Ransom sacrifice that one day there will be no more suffering, no more outcry of pain and no more dying. All these things will be things of the past." (REV.21:4). I hope and pray that this may bring you a measure of peace and comfort, from my family to your family.
  • Sunday, March 10, 2019
    God cares for those with a broken heart; Psalm 34:18 assures us that he is close to them. Psalm 147:3 says: "He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds." God strengthens us by giving us "the power beyond what is normal" to make it through each passing day. Psalm 46:1; "God is our refuge and strength." Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and hen cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
    ~ Rachel Morton   Graham,, NC