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Sterling Wilder Smith

Sterling Wilder Smith, of Ruffin, NC, passed peacefully on September 27, 2021. Sterling was born in Winter Garden, FL on May 11. 1958 to Baswell and Cornelia Smith.


Sterling had three passions in life his work, his faith, and his hobby.

Professionally, Sterling was a proud construction superintendent. He loved his work. He loved to talk about the job sites and what the days held. He worked on projects as large as the University of South Florida to 4 Rivers Smokehouses. At the time of his passing, he was gainfully employed with Marand Construction, who Sterling was extremely honored and performed to the best of his ability to show that appreciation.

Sterling ‘s faith played a large part of his life. He was dedicated to the Fieldcrest Road Church of God. At any moment that you got into a car Sterling was driving you would hear gospel music. That passion for music led him to spend a large portion of his time playing bass and singing with different Gospel bands.

When he wasn’t working or playing music, you will find Sterling in a stand or a blind hunting. Hunting was his passions and that passion brought food to other’s tables. He was so passionate about hunting he got his new wife to accompany him on numerous trips into the stand.

Sterling was preceded in death by his mom, Cornelia Smith earlier this year in March.

He is survived by his wife Rita; stepchildren, Keith and wife Melanie, Misty; grandchildren, Alex and husband Ben, Brian, and Cierra; great-grandchildren Jace and Jaxon; father, Baswell Smith 95; brother Mark.

Per the wishes of Sterling and the situation we are faced with the pandemic, there will be no immediate service. Sterling did not wish to have the conventional funeral and instead wanted everyone to gather, celebrate and remember. So please send an email with your interest of attending this service with your contact information to this address: sterlingcolservice@gmail.com.

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Guestbook

Rita, we are so sorry to hear about Sterling. Know that you have not been forgotten by us and will always have a special place in our heart,
Debbie & Bill Gunnell- Oak Ridge, TN

Debbie Gunnell Oct 6 2021 12:20 AM

RITA I AM SORRY FOR THR LOSS OFF YOUR HUSBAND STERLING I PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH THRU THIS TIME OF SADNESS WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMIMLY YOUR FRIEND RITA FROM THE CHURCH OF GOD AT FIELDCREST ROAD

RITA WILLARD Oct 5 2021 6:18 PM

Loved to hear Sterling sing. He was a joy to be around. We've known the family for several years and enjoyed attending the Church of God in Tavares, Florida with his mom and dad. We loved them dearly. His dear wife Rita and the family will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days. May the Lord give you peace in the midst of it all♥️🙏🏻♥️

Candace and Dwayne Johnston Oct 3 2021 4:07 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Sterling Smith

Candace and Dwayne Johnston Oct 3 2021 3:59 PM

Iv known sterling since 73-74..we pumped gas..sold bait&tackle at a local place in turkey creek fla..was shocked to hear of his passing from the covid..prayers for comfort for his family..RIP sterling until i im called home..🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Robert Ellis Oct 2 2021 6:46 AM

Sterling was a beloved member of the Marand family. We will miss him dearly and the positivity he brought to his team. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rita and their family.

Marand Builders Oct 1 2021 10:25 AM

We are so sorry for your loss!!!! Thoughts and prayers are with the entire family!!

Melody and Tommy Lovelace Oct 1 2021 9:02 AM

Rita i am so sorry for your loss.I know it s hard .God will give you confort. He is our strength
Just lean on Him.I know you have so many good memories with Sterling .and you will carry him in your heart forever..i love you......forever Kathy

Kathy Seegers Sep 30 2021 6:00 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Sterling Smith

Kathy Seegers Sep 30 2021 5:56 PM

We will miss Bro. Sterling Smith at the church. We enjoyed singing with him. Praying for you, Sister Rita Smith and your family. Love and prayers,
Rev. Johnny and Janice Cox
Fieldcrest Road Church of God
Eden, NC

Rev. Johnny and Janice Sep 29 2021 7:45 PM

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