Mr. Charles Augustus Smith, Jr., 86, of Granite Falls passed away Friday, December 30, 2022 at Catawba Valley Medical Center following a period of declining health.
Charles was born March 15, 1936 in Chester, SC to the late Charles Smith, Sr. and Ruth Colvin Smith.
Along with three of his sisters, who were also Military Veterans, Charles served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Concluding service, he proudly enrolled at the University of South Carolina, graduating with a degree in accounting. He remained an avid supporter of the university and a huge fan of their two-time national championship baseball team. Few knew he was a master of throwing the knuckle ball, which his kids can attest were a challenge to catch.
His dedication to his wife of 63 years and family were his lifeline, and for his sons who played countless rounds of golf with him, he was the only champion golfer they needed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth Boan, Helen Todnem, Mildred Bagley, and Betty Shugart; and sister-in-law, Gladys Buckner.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Bernice Buckner Smith of the home; children, Chris Smith and wife Beth of Newton, Jennifer “Jenny” Smith Thomas and fiancé Jeff Stapleton of Olathe, KS, and Jason Smith and wife Liz Pahl of Athens, OH; grandchildren, Jessica Smith of Newton, Jordan Thomas and wife Anna of Fresno, CA, and Jacob Thomas and wife Jessica of Lawrence, KS, Sofia Smith of Athens, OH and Vera Smith of Athens, OH; and great grandchild, Lydia Smith.
The family will receive friends Friday, January 6, 2023 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM at Mackie Funeral Service.