Sandy Smith Sr.

Friday, June 3, 1949 - Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A Kind and Caring Gentleman

Photo of Sandy Smith Sr. - 1949-2019

Canton- Sandy Smith, Sr., 70, was born on June 3, 1949 in Jersey City, NJ and passed away November 27, 2019 in Asheville, NC.

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, December 22, 2019 at Mount Pisgah Academy Seventh- Day Adventist Church in Candler, NC. The family will receive friends at 2:00 p.m. and the service will be held at 3:00 p.m. 

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be caring for the Smith family.

Condolences from family and friends

Sandy & Family, We are so very sorry you lost your dad. We only met him once at camp meeting. He sounds like he was a wonderful Christian man. We have been praying for you & your family. Much love, Donna & Dennis
Donna & Dennis Patton
We are so saddened by the loss of our good friend Sandy Smith! We loved him dearly and pray that if we are faithful we can see him again on the Sea of Glass! We are keeping all of the family in prayer!
John E. or Connie L. Kent
Dear Smith Family, When I first met Sandy Sr. At MPA in the 80’s I knew that he was special. His love for God , Family and the game of basketball was a special combination. May your friend Jesus walk beside and comfort you as you await the return of the Savior Sandy so loved.
Stephen Roche
Jerry, you and the family are in my prayers. I’m extremely sorry, for the loss of your husband. I will be here, please contact me, if you need to talk. I love you, my life long friend.
Julia (Mills)Hicks
Me and my family sends our condolences. Our friendship began at Jr.5, Lincoln Holmes anf THS. Reunites again at our 50th high school reunion. Sandy knew their would be a resurrection. May Jehovah bring peace and comfort to his family and friends.
Carolyn ( Lee) Felder
I am truly sorry for your loss. Sandy went with me and many others to Africa in 2009, May God comforts the family
Our hearts are deeply saddened by your passing. Comfort only comes from thoughts of you, memories of you, and knowing that if we live following an example that you have shown, we will see you again in the earth made new. We love you and will miss you as we keep you and your family in mind.
Caren Josey, Lara Williams & Family
I did not know Mr. Sandy Smith until this school year at AMS. We spoke a few times about the students and the love he had for basketball. He was always there for the students being a kind and sweet soul. Mr. Smith you will be missed by one and all!
Carol R Montoya
To the Smith Family, It is with sadnes and joy that I greet you. Sad fornyou loss of your love one, but rejoicing that my brother is in the Presence of Yeshua. I will continue praying for you and your strength in the Lord's mercy and grace. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of yur lives, and thank yoi for being in mine. Until we meet again, remember that as long as we have love we are together. Peace and blessings, Rev. Willie E. Givens, Jr., Pastor. Rocky Mt. AME Zion. Hurch 465 Grass Island Rd. Ansonville, NC 28007
Rev Willie E. Givens, Jr.
It was my pleasure and honor to have known such a kind and wonderful person. I met Sandy, while working with the Men's Basketball Team. We are Members of the C.E. ( Big House) Gaines Hall of Fame. The Basketball Team were many times C.I.A.A Champion and were many times named to as All - Conference Selection in his career at Winston Salem State University. He will be missed. Praying for his Family, with Peace and Happiness of God's Love; Kindness. Mr. DeValdean Penn Class of 2013 Hall of Fame.
DeValdean Penn
Sincere condolences to the Smith family. Sandy and I went to High School together, we also worked breifly together at NJ State Taxation. May your fondest memories sustain you and God Bless you all during this difficult time. Wanda Kaufman Jordan
Wanda Kaufman Jordan
I was shocked & saddened to hear about Sandy! He & Jerrye have always been special friends. I pray the Lord will strengthen & comfort you during these difficult times & in the months to come. Sandy was very special & one of my favorite remembrances of him was when he went with our Pathfinder Club to Camp Hale in Colorado in 1985. The first nationwide camporee. He was such a help & inspiration on that long trip & at the camporee. He took off one day & climbed a high altitude nearby mountain while some of the kids in the campground were dropping down from altitude sickness. He pulled it off without a hitch. I was blessed to have known him.
Lynette Hyatt
Prayers and love to the family. May Gods love be felt during this time of loss.
Karl and Deborah Taylor
Dear Sandy and family, my deepest condolences to each of you! My prayer is that Jesus will draw near to you and give you comfort, peace, and joy. Praise God He’s coming soon. May each of you be blessed beyond measure!
Cristy Yeargin
A gentleman in every respect , who followed Gods call.
Nathan Williams Sr
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Smith. He was a blessing to AMS. What a kind soul and a perfect gentleman. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all who were blessed to know him. ♥️
Amy Shaffer
Mr. Smith was someone that I looked up to. I always felt like he cared about me. He was always interested in what I had to say. He was kind, friendly, and I don’t remember ever seeing him without a smile. I always enjoyed talking to him, and hearing him talk about prophecy, and the Bible. He love the Lord, and it showed. I was honored and blessed to have him as a friend. Eternity will show how many others were also blessed to have him in their lives. The voice of a great man has been silenced, but not for long. Come Lord Jesus!
Jerrye, sorry for your lost. My prayers are with you and your family.
Albert Thombs
Jerrye & family. Bill & I are shocked to hear about Sandy. We enjoyed getting to know him when we went to Camp Hale with Pathfinders many years ago. He was truly a man of God! Please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers.
Bill & Anita Owens
Please accept my deepest condolences. Sandy from the moment I met him at WSSU in the 70’s was always a gentleman with a kind spirit. It was so good seeing him in November at our reunion. May God give you peace and great anticipation of your reunion to come.
Lerla Joseph
My heart grieves with you. I am so glad our paths crossed; he was indeed a kind and gentle giant. May God comfort and be with you.
Jacqueline Jackson
My heart grieves with you. I am so glad our paths crossed; he was indeed a kind and gentle giant. May God comfort and be with you.
Jacqueline Jackson
My deepest sympathy for the lost of one of the greatest/ kind and humble man I have come across. Coach Smith was not only a coach at AUC, but he was also to many, including myself. May the Lord grants his family to strength to the Smith family as they going through such ordeal.
John Nicolas
My heart goes out to you all. Bro. Smith was a distinguished man of God who always had a passion for our youth. In my eyes he will always be one of the greatest of all time Know that I will be continuously praying for you all during this difficult time.
LaNetta Crawford
It is an honor to be called a friend of Sandy Smith. A great example of a man of faith using sport to touch many peoples lives. He will be greatly missed.
Joe Perrone
I would like to express my sincere condolences to you and your family. I had several opportunities to interact with coach Smith. His energy and enthusiasm will be missed. May your hearts be filled with special memories and the blessed hope of Jesus soon return and reunion...
Maribel Urbina
Jerrye Your WSSU classmates are thinking of you and your family during this most difficult time. We will continue to pray and send loving thoughts to you and your family.
Sallie Stanback Mayfield (WSSU ‘71)
May his soul rest in peace. Accept my condolences
Yewande Alakija-Banjo
To the family of Sandy Smith, please accept my condolences on the loss of Sandy. I attended Winston-Salem State University and remember Sandy and Jerrye well. Know that I am praying for you and wish you the best as you continue in this life without him. Sarah Williams
Sarah Williams
When the all star roll is called up yonder you'll be there! My prayer is that your family. Be there too
Ron Reese
So sorry for your loss. Coach Smith was a wonderful person, may God comfort you and your family during this difficult time.
I will greatly miss my ShareHim Peru Mission buddy. I will be looking for Sandy on the great day!
Lisa Moyer
Who can find a virtuous man his prize is far above .A christian warrior a friend counselor a young people lover and a Christian Missionary to all the world. Rest from your labor and we will meet you in the morning just inside the eastern gates. What a meeting that will be. Amen praise the Lord. Be comforted family earth has no sorrow that heaven can't remove. Praise God
Walter n Renrick Mayers n family clinton ma 01510
So many wonderful memories of your family spending time together with your family on many Sabbath afternoons. The times when Sandy reached out to help with personal and spiritual needs will never ever be forgotten. His memory will live on until the coming of the Lord when we will see him once again. Prayers of comfort for each of you in his family.
Marlene Nunnaley
I am so sorry to hear of Sandy‘s passing. He was such a nice Christian man. My sincere condolences to his loved ones.
Ed Collins
I am so sorry to hear of Sandy‘s passing. He was such a nice Christian man. My sincere condolences to his loved ones.
Ed Collins
I had the great honor of working with Mr. Smith at AMS. He touched so many of our students lives. He was such a generous and giving soul. There really aren’t words to express how much he meant to the AMS community. I am grateful to have worked with him.
Jennifer Doherty
I meet Sandy when he would come to Camp AuSable in the summer and run basket ball camps. He played and coached basketball with ease. And it was so evident that God was at the center of his life and he wanted the same for all he met. He talked with me on several occasions, he encouraged me in my dreams and always pointed me to Christ. I look forward to seeing Sandy again in Heaven. Won’t you Make your reservation for heaven today.
Larry Stewart
Dear Smith family I will definitely miss Mr. Sandy. I may not have seen him everyday but just knowing he's not here with us leave a hole in my heart. All of you are in my prayers.
Marsha Miller
My condolences to your family. Coach Smith was a loving and kind man, above all he was a man of God. In my time spent at AUC I never remember seeing coach upset or without a smile on his face. Please hold on and stand on God’s word for this is just for a moment in time until God return to get his saints. I pray that the Lord will give you comfort in such a time as this.
Samay Bent
Dear Family, Isaiah 57:1,2 "The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. Isa 57:2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness". - Take your rest my dear brother, soon and very soon, we'll be together again, never to part in the resurrection of the Just.
Charles Haugabrooks
So sorry to hear about this. Sandy stopped in our shop many times - he was a great customer to work with, but above that, we had many good talks about the world around us. Prayers - Rob
Rob Worth
We are so very sorry for we all loss a man with integrity. We hope the memories with comfort you at this time.
Burton Family
Jerrye, I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband. Each of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Debbie J. Lewis
So sorry for your loss. Sandy was a wonderful godly man. A fine example for all. We look forward top seeing him in heaven.
Michael Stollenmaier Family
What a wonderful Christian I found Sandy to be. It was always a pleasure to see him.....always pleasant and smiling. May God comfort all his family!
Linda Potgieter
So sorry to hear about Sandy God Blessyou an your family
Sandra &Otis Mcintosh
Sandy was a good friend and will be missed my condolences to the family i
Edward Mickens
To the Family of "Coach" Sandy Smith. As a past president at Atlantic Union College I was privileged to meet and work with Coach Smith. His contributions are appreciated, both to the college and the lives of the students he touched. May you be comforted by your memories of him and the time you spent together. Be well. 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Sincerely, Dr. Avis Hendrickson.
Dr. Avis Hendrickson
Dear Jerrye, We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Sandy. He was such a wonderful person. I really enjoyed my conversations with him but it had been quite a while. Please accept our condolences.
Betty Logan Gaffney