James Troy Smith, Sr.

March 8, 1942 - October 8, 2023

03/08/1942 - 10/08/2023

Past Services

Wednesday October 11, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Rich Square
116 Short Street
Rich Square, NC 27869
Thursday October 12, 2023
11:00 am
Rich Square Methodist Church
300 South Main Street
Rich Square, NC 27869
Additional Information:

Rev. Dusty Sprouse will be officiating the service.

James Troy Smith, Sr., age 81, of Rich Square, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2023.

Troy was born in Northampton County, NC on March 8, 1942 to Aubrey and Mattie Smith.  He worked at Dillon Supply for 20 years, while also running a muffler shop in his backyard at night. In 1985, he started Troy’s Forklift Service and owned it until his death. He was a member of Rich Square Methodist Church and also a member of Rich Square Volunteer Fire Department for 36 years. Troy was always there for others when they needed repairs on things as small as a lawnmower to as big as a bulldozer. He was very generous to people in need and never expected anything in return. Troy was a top notch mechanic and there was never any job too big for him to accomplish. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. Troy was a dedicated father and husband, he always went above and beyond for his family. No one can ever say that anyone worked harder than him.

Troy was preceded in death by his mother, Mattie Mae Smith; and his father, Aubrey Smith.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy; his sons, Troy Smith Jr. and wife Kathy of Rich Square and Daryl Smith and wife Shannon of Rich Square; his sisters, Rebie Wadford and husband Robert of Winterville and Sylvia Faison and husband Alfred of Franklin, VA; his brother, Wayne Smith and wife Carol of Burlington; his granddaughters, Meghan Vick and husband Mark of Rich Square, Lauralee Hassell and husband Matt of Youngsville, and Stacy Spence and husband Brandon of Raleigh; his grandson, Judson Smith of Rich Square; his great-granddaughter, Haley Hassell of Youngsville; and his great-grandsons, Oliver Hassell of Youngsville, Blair Neal and  Ethan Neal, both of Rich Square.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at the Rich Square Methodist Church, with Rev. Dusty Sprouse officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to the Rich Square Methodist Church, P.O. Box 12, Rich Square, NC 27869 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Smith family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

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Joseph Simonowich
7 months ago

My sincere condolences for your loss. I am truly blessed to have know Troy. His knowledge and compassion for others is truly inspiring. The Lord crossed our paths 20years ago. I will always remember Troy and his helpful , honest spirit. Our prayers are with you all.?

Milton "Pete" and Ann Cox
7 months ago

Nancy and family,
Our prayers and condolences to you and your family for you loss. May God be with you all

Brenda Britton Barger
7 months ago

Nancy, I am thinking of you and will be praying for you and your family as you face this difficult time in your life.

Bryan DeBruhl
7 months ago

My family and I are sorry to hear about the loss that your family is dealing with. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Steven & Christy Giddeons
7 months ago

Our hearts are saddened by your loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

Sharon Smith Kospelich
7 months ago

Sending my sincerest condolences to all the Smith family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and may the peace of the Lord be with each of you.

David Dean
7 months ago

Troy was not only my go to guy, but a genuine friend. Carol, my employees and myself are heartbroken but we know that it’s all part of God’s plan. Prayers go out to his family.
David, Carol and employees of Rosemary Bonded Whse.

Mike Aston
7 months ago

Troy was an excellent forklift mechanic, hardworking man and most of all a good friend. I will surely miss him. Sending condolences to all the family from Margaret and me. Mike Aston

Mike & Kay Karpuk
7 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. ❤️❤️

Debbie Robbins
7 months ago

Prayers of comfort and peace to the families.