Having lived a long and fruitful life, Shelton Eugene Smith passed away on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at the age of 92. Shelton was born in Wayne County to the late Mark J. and Vicy Smith on Nov. 25, 1929. No doubt the receiving line in heaven was lengthy, led first by his Savior and followed immediately by his wife and soulmate of 50 years, Peggy Crawford Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Shelton Eugene Smith Jr. and Rita J. Smith; sisters, Madeline Gurganus, Markie Tomlinson and Jewel Jackson; and brothers, Frank Smith, Milton “Buck” Smith, Marcellus “Sill” Smith and William G. “Billy” Smith.

Dedicated to the success of the county in which he lived, Shelton retired from the County of Wayne where he served for over 30 years as the Superintendent of the Buildings and Grounds. In his time off from work, he enjoyed piddling and had the innate ability to make something out of nothing. He utilized his skills to start Smith’s Crafts, a business in which he enjoyed restoring the old and bringing life back to the smallest treasures.

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