He was born in Monticello, Mississippi coming to Lorain in 1958.
Mr. Smith was a graduate of McCullough High School in Monticello. Mr. Smith was employed by Ford Motor Assembly Plant of Lorain, retiring in 1997 after 38 years of service; he has also worked for the Lorain ship yard.
Mr. Smith was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Lorain, a member of Local UAW Union #425 of Lorain. He was a Mason of F& AM Buckeye Lodge #68 of Lorain and a senior steward. He was a member of Socialaries Club in Lorain, and a supporter of the fabulous technique show band. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, barbecuing and spending time with his grandchildren.
Ralph is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Georgia Smith (nee Price) of Lorain; daughters, Debra L. (Michael) Miller of Lorain, Eugenia R. Smith of Griffith, Indiana, Michele D. (Frederick) Waheed of Antioch, Illinois, Tanika N. (Jason Sr.) Thomas of Lorain; sons, Ralph Jr. (Cassandra) Smith of Avon, Kenneth (Anjanette) of Huston, Texas; a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Verneyce Ross of Lorain, Mabel L.(Isaac) McCall of Avon, Pearlene (Norman Sr.) Bohannon, Sr. of Lorain; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by parents, Roosevelt and Elvira Smith; five brothers and three sisters.
Friends may call Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church, 2460 Reeves Ave., Lorain, from 9 A.M. until time of service at 11 A.M. Rev. John Jackson, Pastor, will officiate service. Masonic Buckeye Lodge will conduct a service at 10 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain.
Arrangements entrusted to Carter Funeral Homes, Inc., 3001 Elyria Ave., Lorain, (440) 244-5200.