Mary Sue (Rayle) Smith

April 23, 1933March 20, 2021

Sue Smith, age 87, of Newton, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2021 at her residence at Abernethy Laurels. Sue was born April 23, 1933 in Guildford County, the daughter of the late Thomas Rush Rayle and Margaret Smith Rayle.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Herman Long Smith; sisters, Anna Parks and Temple Hodgin; and brothers, Thomas Rayle, Donald Rayle, and Rudy Rayle.

Sue was a graduate of High Point Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, in Conover. Mrs. Smith was an active member of the Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Greensboro before moving to Catawba County. She joined Concordia Lutheran upon moving to Conover and was involved in many committees and activities at the church. After many years as a registered nurse, Sue volunteered with Moses Cone Hospital and the Greensboro Historical Museum.

Sue is survived by brother-in-law, Melvin “Jack” Smith and wife Nancy and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover, with Rev. Michael Geml officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Conover.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in remembrance of Sue may be made to: University Christian High School, 602 7th Avenue NE, Hickory NC 28601, or Smith’s Scholarship Fund or Endowment Fund at Concordia Christian Day School, 215 5th Ave SE Conover, NC 28613, or St. John’s Cemetery Trust Fund, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2126 St. Johns Ch. Rd. NE, Conover, NC 28613.

Condolences may be sent to the Smith family at

The Smith family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.


  • Receiving of Friends

    Thursday, March 25, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, March 25, 2021


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Lucretia Sperry

March 27, 2021

We just learned that Sue passed away this week. My husband Griff Sperry is the son of C.B and Mildred Sperry. His parents were very close friends of Herman and Sue for many many years. C.B and Mildred have passed away but we wanted to send our condolences to the family. Sending prayers to your family.

Griff & Lucretia Sperry

Gayle Fripp

March 24, 2021

Sue was a member of the Greensboro History Museum Guild for many years and served as president in 1999-2000. Her leadership and ready smile were gifts to our organization.
Gayle Fripp
GHM President

Brenda Kanipe

March 23, 2021

Our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Sue. She touched so many during her lifetime & made a difference in this world. She will be missed by all who knew her. With love & sympathy,
Brenda & Gary Kanipe