CANTON — Sandy Smith Sr., 70, was born on June 3, 1949, in Jersey City, New Jersey and passed away Nov. 27, 2019 in Asheville.
He was the oldest son of the late Sandy and the late Betty (Brown) Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Adonis Smith.
After high school, Sandy attended Winston-Salem State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1973. He also received a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Atlantic Union College in 2009.
He has been employed as an athletic president, administrator, social worker, counselor, teacher, coach, and as a successful literature evangelist with Listen magazine.
Sandy had a passion for the game of basketball. He was inducted into the Winston-Salem State University Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005 and drafted by NBA Phoenix Suns in the early 1970s.
This passion continued later in life as he hosted summer basketball camps throughout the country teaching young people not only about the game but also about Christian values.
Sandy was an accomplished author and writer, having written several books including, The Game Ends at Sundown. He traveled worldwide preaching the gospel and winning many souls to Christ.
Sandy is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Jerrye (Logan) Smith; his children, Lacherie Ann Smith-Shacks (Clement), Sandy Smith, Jr. (Tangie), Claude Smith (Yemi), and Brandis Smith; 8 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; his sister, Lois Palmer; his brother, Charles Smith; and a host of special nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 22, at Mount Pisgah Academy Seventh- Day Adventist Church in Candler. The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. and the service will be held at 3 p.m.
Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be caring for the Smith family, and words of comfort may be shared at www.CrawfordRay.com.