Reverend A.D. Smith, Jr., was born August 11,1952 to his parents, the late A.D. Smith and the late Esther McLean Smith McLean in Scotland County, North Carolina. Rev. Smith transitioned from this earthly life to eternal rest with his Heavenly Father at the age of 68 on Sunday, October 18, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He is preceded in death by one brother, Matthew Smith, one granddaughter, Skylar Denise Smith and one grandson, James Frank Quick, Jr.
Rev. Smith attended Red Springs High School in Red Springs, North Carolina graduating with the Class of 1970. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army, during the Vietnam War, to serve his country and was later honorably discharged. Rev. Smith loved to mentor and assist others on their journey to sobriety. He obtained several certifications and began a career as a Substance Abuse Counselor with Carolina Manor/Southeastern Recovery Alternatives for 29 years and served as personal sponsor for 31 years assisting many. In 2011, Rev. Smith was to called into another role of service as a Minister. He served as an Associate Minister at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Red Springs, NC, where he shared the gospel and his love for the Lord for the remainder of his life.
Rev. Smith married his wife, Denise Brown Smith on January 29, 1999. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who never met a stranger. Rev. Smith loved music and was known as the “Witch Doctor” throughout his disc jockey days beginning in the 1970s and 80s. He was also known by many as “Smitty” and “June.” Rev. Smith loved playing ping pong, volleyball, and his dogs. Rev. Smith was the owner of Smith’s Landscaping. He was a man of many talents and touched so many lives.
Rev. Smith leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Denise Smith of 21 years, ten children, Vickie McDougald, Lt. Rodney Smith, Marsha Smith, Stephanie Stephens, Judge April Smith, Allen Brown, Alexis Brown, A.D. Smith Jr., Aladdin Brown, and Adesha Smith (Taquan); twenty beautiful grandchildren; three wonderful great-grandchildren. four brothers, Malcom Walker, of Raeford, NC; Malcom Buie, of Maxton, NC; Al Smith, of Red Springs, NC, Jimmy Smith, of Red Springs, NC, and Commodore McLean, of Red Springs, NC; three sisters, Leigh Ann McNeill (Lee) of Raeford, NC; Callie Smith, of Red Springs, and Linda McLean, of Red Springs, NC he has three aunts, Betty Galbreath (James), of Red Springs, NC, Louise McLean, of New York, and Aileen McCutchen, of Maxton, NC, one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Solomon, of Killeen, TX, one brother-in-law, Herbert Callaway, Jr., Tacoma, WA, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many other loving relatives and friends.
Entombment with Military Rites will follow in the Freedom Assembly of God Cemetery, Red Springs, North Carolina.
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