Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home

515 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC


William L. Smith

July 20, 1923September 4, 2019

William L. Smith “Poppy”, 96, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at the Transitions Hospice Home in Raleigh.

The family visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at 12 noon. The funeral service will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019 at First Lutheran Church at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Jay Hilbinger officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View United Methodist Church Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. in Statesville.

William was born in Statesville, NC to the late Zebulon and Lila Bost Smith. He is a US Army World War II Veteran where he 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 fiance’ 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, Statesville, NC.

Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is serving the Smith family. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com


  • Visitation Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Interment Monday, September 9, 2019


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Debra Raehse

September 9, 2019

To My Dear Cousins, Julie, Jenny, Ron & entire Smith family:
Sending you all hugs & prayers! Our deepest sympathy and our love go out to you all at this difficult time. Although I hadn't seen Uncle Bill in some years, as we live in New York, he will always hold a special place in my heart.
The great memories we shared on our visits to Greensboro include the fun & laughs we had with him, the financial & travel conversations we had, the trips for fruit & veggies in Statesville, his careful preparing of his delicious pot roast diners, and the exciting adventures he made for us in his cars & trucks will last forever.
Thanks for being YOU!
May you RIP, until we meet again!
We love you, Debra and Brian x0x0x0

Alice Bittinger

September 8, 2019

My sympathy to all the family, especially Julie and Jenny.
My daughter Carol Lutz and Jenny were at Carolina at the same time and Bill was so gracious to give her a ride back to campus many times.
I'm sorry I can't greet you in
person or attend the service tomorrow. I have volunteer
duty at Women's Hospital.
I will hold you all in prayer.
God's grace and peace,
Alice Bittinger

Barbara Cuozzo

September 5, 2019

Dear Julie, Jenny and Ron, and the entire Smith family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all on the loss of Uncle Bill. I am so saddened by his passing and wish I could be there with you all. I have so many wonderful memories of him during our visits to NC over the years, and he will be greatly missed. I especially enjoyed our chats on the phone over the years after Aunt Barbara passed away, most recently on his 96th birthday. Some memories are of him driving my Dad to get peaches in the mountains, and seeing him with a book or newspaper always within reach. He was always on the lookout for something interesting for us to do while we were visiting. So sad that we are losing another member of "The Greatest Generation," (WWII vet).
He is now your guardian angel and is reunited once again with Aunt Barbara. May he rest in peace.
All my love, prayers and sympathy,
Barbara (niece)