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Gary "Red" Smith

March 31, 1944 — January 29, 2023

Burlington

Burlington-Gary “Red” Smith, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family. A native of Alamance County, he was the son of the late Andrew and Agnes Murray Smith and was the husband of 53 years to Linda Shepherd Smith of the home.

   Red retired from Burlington Industries, Trucking Division as a Dispatcher after 40 years.He was a personal trainer for Red’s Personal Fitness for 25 years. Red was a veteran of theUS Army National Guard.  He was a member of Carolina Christian Church. Red served asa volunteer fireman for Faucette Fire Department for many years. He was a competitivebody builder for 25 years, winning competitions in his class well into his 50’s. Redenjoyed muscle cars and trucks. He and his wife rode his motorcycle in 39 of the lower 48states. He enjoyed outdoor sports, water skiing, camping and boating with his family andfriends. When his boys were growing up he coached little league baseball and was a lovingdevoted husband, father and grandfather.

   In addition to his wife, Linda S. Smith, he is survived by his sons, Christopher Andrew “Drew” Smith (Jill Waddell) of Burlington and Josh Smith (Stacy) of Graham; grandchildren, Gage, Samantha, Hunter and Aly; niece, Michele Hodge (Jimmy Westbrook), nephew, Gray Hackney (Alicia Muck) and one great nephew, Jonathon Hodge (Samantha Mitchell) and a special canine companion, “Missy”. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Beverly Hackney,

    A service to celebrate his life will be conducted at 2;00PM on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at Carolina Christian Church by Pastor Mark Mitchell. The family will receive friends from 11:45-1:45 prior to the service at the church and other times at the residence.

Memorials may be made to Carolina Christian Church, 2030 Carolina Road, Burlington, NC 27217 or Faucette Volunteer Fire Department, 2164 Carolina Road, Burlington, NC 27217.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

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