Ronnie David Smith, Sr.

August 24, 1941 - March 6, 2024

08/24/1941 - 03/06/2024

Past Services

Sunday March 10, 2024
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Monday March 11, 2024
11:00 am
Powellsville Baptist Church
307 West Main Street
Powellsville, NC 27967
Monday March 11, 2024
11:30 am
Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South, 109 Ward Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910

AHOSKIE, NC – Ronnie David Smith, Sr. passed away on March 6, 2024 at his home. Born on August 24, 1941 to William Matthew Smith and Velma Williams Smith in Bertie County, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Bonnie Harrington Smith and brother, James Ralph Smith. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed by all that knew him.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Lois Swain Smith, his children; Michelle S. Jones (Frank), Carla Thrower, and Ronnie D. Smith, Jr.(Sarah); his grandchildren; Will Jones(Samantha), Matthew Jones, Kristen Sulinski (Jonathon), Trent Alexander(Ashley), Caroline Thrower, Ronnie D. Smith III; great grandchildren, Claire and Charlie Sulinski, and Ellis Alexander, step children; Kim Keel, Paula Hall (David), and Sammy Respass, step grandchildren; Michael (Emily), Thomas (Elizabeth), Kara Hall, Brayson and Eli Respass; step great grandchildren; Paxton and Matthew Hall.

Ronnie retired in August 2001 from NC DOT as District Engineer with 41 years of service. He started in the Construction Department and worked for 19 years. He transferred to the Maintenance Department in 1979 working in various positions ending at District Engineer of Division One District Two upon his retirement.

After retiring Ronnie discovered the joy of reading. His favorite authors were Lee Childs, David Baldacci, James Patterson, Stuart Woods, John Grisham, and Greg Iles, just to name a few.

Ronnie was a lifelong member of Powellsville Baptist Church and served as a Sunday school teacher, Deacon, Trustee and numerous other positions in the church. His memory will forever live in the hearts of his loved ones. May he rest in eternal peace.

The family wishes to thank Ann Marie and the Orange Team at ECU Health Hospice for their care during his time of transition.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 10, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, N.C. and other times at the home.

A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, March 11, 2024, at 11:00 am at Powellsville Baptist Church, Powellsville, N.C. with Rev. Matt Miles officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, N.C.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions in Ronnie’s memory may be made directly to the NC Baptist Children’s Homes, PO Box 338, Thomasville, N.C. 27361 or online by clicking here; or directly to the Powellsville Baptist Church, PO Box 5, Powellsville, N.C. 27967, or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Smith family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Dennis Pipkin
25 days ago

My sincere condolences to Ronnie’s family. I remember Ron well as a colleague and friend during my time with NCDOT in Ahoskie. May he rest in peace.
Dennis Pipkin

Linda Farmer Mulder Lassiter
27 days ago

Bonnie and family, I am just seeing this and my heart breaks for you and family. You all have my love, prayers and sympathies !!!

Stephen Thomas Dilday
29 days ago

Ron, Carla, and Michelle,

I know it has been quite some time since I have seen any of you all. But just wanted to reach out and send my condolences on the loss of your dad. I have lots of fond memories of him growing up down the street from you all on McKinley Drive. Also lots of good memories from baseball. Wanted to let you know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Stephen Dilday
Winston-Salem, NC

Colin Jones
1 month ago

Lois and Michelle, I’m sorry to learn of Ronnie’s passing.
Please accept my condolences. If I can be of help, please let me know.

Trish Jernigan Carson
1 month ago

So sorry to hear of Mr. Ronnie’s passing. I attended Powellsville Bapt. Church from childhood to my teen years, and I knew Mr. Ronnie and Ms. Bonnie and was a friend of Michelle’s. I remember when Ms. Bonnie died and how Mr. Ronnie was later able to find another life partner in Lois. Mr. Ronnie was such a nice man and he is part of my growing up memories in the church. God bless his family and see them through this hard process as he has graduated to Heaven.

Tommy & Paula Powell
1 month ago

Lois so sorry to have just seen Ronnies OBIT and had no idea he had passed. If anyhting I can do please do not hesitate to call. Sending Prayers of Comfort to you and Family

Kim Sumner
1 month ago

Michelle, so sorry to read about your dad’s passing.. I only met him a couple times. Prayers going for you and your family at this time.if I can help in any way just let me know.

Brenda Knight
1 month ago

I was so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing but know Tucker is giving him an ear full in Heaven. Don’t know if they have herrings up there but I’m sure both Tucker & Ronnie are trying to find some! I have many wonderful memories over many years of our times together. Love & hugs to all the family. Brenda