Roy F. Smith,
Published in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal from 4/14/2009
UNION, SC-- Mr. Roy
F. Smith, Sr., 81, husband of Eva Williams Smith of 838 Happy Valley Road,
Union, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, April 13, 2009 after a period
of declining health.
Mr. Smith was born in Cowpens, SC, November 27, 1927 a son of the late
George and Luna Dixon Smith. He was a graduate of Union High School and
a member of the 1946 Union High School State Championship Baseball Team.
Mr. Smith was a former pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers organization,
a member of the Union County Athletic Hall of Fame and was listed in 2000
as one of the top 100 athletes of the century for the state of South Carolina.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean Conflict,
he was a member of the Union American Legion Post # 22. He was a member
of Beulah Baptist Church where he served as chairman of Deacons for many
years, a former R.A. leader and was active in all aspects of the church's
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Ferrel Smith and wife
Sharon of Rock Hill, SC, Barry Smith and wife Chris of Union and Mark
Smith and wife Stella of Spartanburg, SC; one sister, Doris Wade of Chester,
SC; six grandchildren, Katherine Denio and husband C.J. and Michelle Smith
all of Rock Hill, Jennifer Robbins and husband Bradley and Rhett Smith
all of Union, Dillion Smith and Annie Smith both of Spartanburg; two great-grandsons,
Kaleb Hinson and Jacob Denio both of Rock Hill. Mr. Smith was predeceased
by two sisters, Ailene Crocker and Mildred Lamb.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at Beulah
Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Mark Truitt and Rev. Austin Bennett.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Lynn Wade, Dennis Crocker, Michael Williams,
Dolton Williams, Craig Walker and Rhett Smith.
Members of the Beulah Baptist Church Adult Sunday School Class and Deacons
of the church are asked to sit in a group.
Visitation will be held 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM Tuesday evening at the S.R.
Holcombe Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Beulah Baptist Church, c/o Donna Williams, 123
Carem Road, Union, SC, 29379 or to the Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff
Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC, 29303.
The family is at the home, 838 Happy Valley Rd., Union.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home, Inc.