Paul Judson Smith, Sr.



Paul Judson Smith, Sr., age 86 of Wagram passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018.

Paul was a son of the late Emmet Corneilus Smith and Reca Connely Smith born March 23, 1931 in Wagram, North Carolina. He was the last living member of a decedent from Daniel White who founded Spring Hill Baptist Church. He graduated from Wagram High School and enlisted with the United States Air Force. He was a Korean War Veteran who proudly served as an Airman and also with the Military Police. Paul has been a farmer since 1954, retired from Burlington Industries after many years of service and was the owner and operator of Wagram Esso for more than 30 years. He was a lifelong member of the Spring Hill Baptist Church where he served on several committees and as a Deacon for many years. He supported his community in both business and as a volunteer with the Wagram Fire Department and the Wagram Men’s Club.

Paul was proud of his history in the Riverton Community. He enjoyed walking Riverton and the shores on Sunset Beach. He was also an ACC basketball and football fan, especially for the NC State Wolf Pack and found great pleasure in working in his yard. Above all, Paul loved and cherished his family. He will forever be remembered for his legacy of love and honor to his family, church, country and community.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Ann Woodard Smith; siblings, Rebecca Smith, Virginia Smith, Emmett C. Smith, Jr., Hazeline Ellers and Annie Laura Johnson.

Paul leaves behind his children, Paul Judson Smith, Jr., (Lisa Inman Currie) of Wagram and Kimberly Alison Smith Alford (Dale Alford) of Zebulon and their mother, Virginia Stanton Hunnicutt of Calabash. He is also survived by a host of loving family and many friends.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Spring Hill Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Marvin Seals. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Wednesday beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and immediately following the service at the church. A private interment will be at a later date.

The family requests in lieu of flowers for memorial donations to be given in Mr. Smith’s memory to the Spring Hill Baptist Church, P. O. Box 195, Wagram, NC 28396.