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Rev. R. D. Smith Sr.

Rev. R. D. Smith Sr. was born October 1, 1932 in Lonaconing, Md. and died August 14, 2020 in Middleburg, Fla.

He was the son of the late Edgar Mortimer Smith Sr. and the late Della Mae Clingerman Smith. Rev. Smith was preceded in death by sisters Loretta Smith and Ada V. Kifer; brothers Luther G. Smith, Edgar M. Smith Jr., Kenneth Smith and Lloyd Wayne “Red” Smith.

Pastor Smith spent 15 years in Petersburg, WV at Faith Assembly of God; six years in Wanchese at Wanchese Assembly of God, where he founded the Wanchese Christian Academy; 14 years at Hancock Assembly of God. He officially retired in 1994 from full-time pastoring. While in retirement, he spent four years at Greenridge Assembly of God as Interim Pastor and also held revivals at neighboring churches.

Pastor Smith survived by wife Margaret Smith; son Robert D. Smith Jr. (Amanda); grandchildren Rebecca Merskin (Elliott) and Robert D. Smith, III (Amy); four great-grandchildren; sister Leona Clark, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A public visitation will be held August 21 from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. at the Hancock Assembly of God.

A private commencement service will be held August 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Hancock Assembly of God. The committal will be held at the end of the service. Interment will be at the Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Livestreaming will be available for everyone to view the commencement service.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Grove Funeral Home, in Hancock, Md.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.

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