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Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Linda Kay Adams

10/18/1943 ~ 10/17/2018

Services will be held: 10/21/2018


Raeford E. Jackson

04/15/1937 ~ 10/17/2018

Services will be held: 10/19/2018

Sue Thornton obit photo

Sue Carol Johnson Thornton

10/09/1944 ~ 10/16/2018

Services will be held: 10/20/2018

Dwight Gay

Dwight “Buddy” Gay

06/11/1956 ~ 10/09/2018

Services will be held:

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Betty Jean King

09/18/1933 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held:

Naomi Lee obit pic

Naomi Sommerville Lee

05/29/1920 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held: 10/11/2018

Betty Hudson obit pic

Betty Thomas Hudson

08/03/1937 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held: 10/12/2018

Joyce Pollard obit photo

Joyce D. Pollard

02/01/1947 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held: 10/11/2018

Billie Brown Smith

Billie Smith photo

1/6/1933 ~ 11/23/2017

RALEIGH – Billie Brown Smith, 84, passed away on November 23, 2017 at the North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital in Raleigh.


A native of Harnett County, NC, Billie was the son of the late John Emery and Carra B. Smith.  He graduated from Lafayette High School in Kipling, NC in 1951 and from Campbell University in 1953.  He served in the United States Army, Division Artillery, during the Korean War.


Billie spent most of his professional career working in the insurance industry.  He retired in 2002 from Bagwell & Bagwell, Inc. where he was a partner.  He was a long-time, faithful member of Forest Hills Baptist Church and was a Mason and a Shriner.


Billie is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betsy Tutor Smith; daughter, Allison Dale Smith Shackelford; and, grandson, Jesse Smith Shackelford.  He is also survived by a sister, Colene S. Wilkins; a brother, J. Emery Smith; sister-in-law, Josie L. Smith; sister-in-law, Sylvia T. Sears; and many special extended family members.  In addition to his parents, Billie is predeceased by five sisters and six brothers.


Services will be held at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.  A viewing will be held from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM in the Parlor with the funeral service following at 1:00 PM in the Sanctuary.  A visitation will be held in The Gathering Place immediately after the service.  Interment will be at Raleigh Memorial Park at the conclusion of the visitation.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Forest Hills Baptist Church or to the Springmoor Endowment Fund.





Immediately following the service

The Gathering Place - Forest Hills Baptist Church




Forest Hills Baptist Church
201 Dixie Trail Raleigh, NC 27607

Public viewing will be held from 11:30AM - 12:30PM in the church parlor.


  1. Willie Rowe

    To the family of Billie Smith my prayers and thoughts are with the family and you have my deepest sympathy

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