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Franklin Delano (“Shorty”) Smith, 76, of Salisbury passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Novant Rowan Health Medical Center. Mr. Smith was born on October 3, 1936 in Faith, son of the late George Smith and Gertrude Smith. Frank was educated in the Faith and China Grove School systems.
Frank is a Veteran of the United States Air Force, worked in textiles for R.H. Bouligny Co. for nine years and later worked in Medical Sales. For over the last twenty years, he was owner and operator of Absolutely Signs in Mooresville. Frank was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the East Rowan YMCA. He loved his grandchildren, dog Mugsy, flying, fishing on Lake Norman and his Nordic Tug in Southport, and cowboy movies.
In addition to his parents and numerous siblings, Frank is preceded in death by a grandson, Benjamin Tyler Poteat.
Survivors: Franklin is survived by his wife of over fifty years, Jeanne Pethel Smith whom he married on June 19, 1959. Son, Steven D. Smith of Salisbury; daughters, Tina Smith Poteat of Salisbury, and Shari Smith Thompson of Statesville. Grandchildren, Katherine Poteat, Sara Poteat, Zachary Thompson, Whitney Thompson , Logan Thompson, Tyler Smith and Olivia Smith. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren.
Services: There will be a Memorial Service on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 1:00 PM, conducted by Rev. Bruce Sheets, Pastor.
Visitation: The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 24th from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury is assisting the Smith family. Online condolences may me made at www.carolinacremation.com.