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Mary Ruth (Vawter) Smith

March 27, 1936 ~ May 27, 2022 (age 86)


King – Mary Ruth Smith, 86, of King, NC, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 27, 2022, at Village Care of King, surrounded by those she loved dearly. 

Mrs. Smith was born March 27, 1936, in Forsyth County, NC, to the late Mary Snyder and Thomas Vawter.  She was a member of Freedom & Liberty Worship Center in Pilot Mountain, NC.  She enjoyed baking and loved making Christmas candy for her family and friends. 

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Gray Smith; two daughters: Teresa McHone (Donnie), and Aleta Lilly (Bryan); her sister, Barbara Wilkins; two brothers: Charlie Vawter, and Donald Vawter; seven grandchildren: Joshua McHone, Joseph McHone (Hope), Jeremy McHone (Suzanna), Hannah Harvey (Russell), Brandon Lilly (Logan), Noah Lilly, and Sabastian Lilly; and five great grandchildren: Kadence, Adaley, Wesley, Oliver, and Thora.

The family will receive friends and loved ones from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Monday, May 30, 2022, at Slate Funeral Home in King, and at other times, at the home of Teresa McHone.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Slate Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Sawyers officiating.  Interment will immediately follow at Volunteer Primitive Baptist Church in Pinnacle, NC. 

Memorial donations may be made to Freedom & Liberty Worship Center Building Fund: 171 Key St. Pilot Mtn. NC 27041.

The family would like to thank the staff of Village Care for their compassionate care and loving attentiveness.  There are far too many to name but know that we love you all. 

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May 30, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Slate Funeral Home
132 E Dalton Rd
King, NC 27021

Funeral Service
May 31, 2022

2:00 PM
Slate Funeral Home
132 E Dalton Rd
King, NC 27021

Interment following funeral service
May 31, 2022

Volunteer Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery


Freedom & Liberty Worship Center Building Fund
171 Key St., Pilot Mountain NC 27041

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