GREENSBORO William L. "Poppy" Smith, 96, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at the Transitions Hospice Home in Raleigh. The family visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at noon. The funeral service will be held Monday, Sept. 9, at First Lutheran Church at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Jay Hilbinger officiating. Interment will follow at 4 p.m., at Mountain View United Methodist Church Cemetery in Statesville. William was born in Statesville to the late Zebulon and Lila Bost Smith. He is a U.S. Army World War II veteran, having served as a radar operator in the Pacific, and was the recipient of several medals. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Guilford College and later obtained his professional engineering license. He worked for Western Electric Company for many years in missile guidance systems. Family was most important to Poppy. He also enjoyed camping, reading and history. He was preceded in death by his parents and loving wife of 51 years, Barbara McLelland; grandson, Patrick Herring; and sisters, Lois Smith and Anne Brinkley. Poppy is survived by his children, Julie Smith and Ron Smith, of Greensboro, and Dr. Jenny Smith and fiancé, Matt Harris, of Raleigh; grandchildren, Brett Herring and Mason Smoller; brothers, Carl Smith (Lib) and Ray Smith (Pinkie); and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Purple Heart Homes, Inc., of Statesville. Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is serving the Smith family. Condolences may be made at

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