Johnnie Ray “Biddy” Smith Sr.

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 14:02 PM.

Johnnie Ray “Biddy” Smith Sr., 55, of 903 Bern St., New Bern, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at his residence.

He was a 1976 graduate of New Bern High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Divinity degree from Shaw University. The reverend was pastor of Green Chapel M.B. Church, Havelock, and former pastor of Guildfield M.B. Church, New Bern, and First Baptist Church, Weldon.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter’s AME Zion Church with the Revs. Mack Sowell and Donald Crooms officiating.

Burial will follow in New Bern Memorial Cemetery.

He is survived by one son, Johnnie R. Smith Jr. of New Bern; two daughters, Jamie Staten of New Bern and Johnette Smith of Cary; his mother, Lillian Smith Valentine of New Bern; his father, Moses Valentine of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four brothers, Van Smith and Cedric Valentine of New Bern, Moses Valentine of Florence, S.C., and Jimmy Valentine of Charleston, S.C.; three sisters, Helen Valentine of Charleston, S.C., Elaine V. Roberts of Beaufort, S.C., and Wanda V. Campbell of Walterboro, S.C..; and three grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the residence.

Viewing will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at Oscar’s Mortuary, New Bern. 



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