Dorsie (Ray) Smith, 81, Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Taylor, Michigan, passed away peacefully April 22, 2021 after a prolonged illness.
Ray honorably served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Indiana.
He retired from Kelsey Hayes as a Machinist after 14.5 years due to a car accident, which left him disabled.
Surviving are his widow, Margaret Smith; two daughters Mrs. Peggy Rauch (Randall Rauch) of Gate City, Virginia, Mrs. Linda Martini (Gary Martini) Lehigh Acres; one son Mr. Keith Smith of Port Charlotte; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ray O. Smith and Bertha (Grubbs) Smith, five sisters and one brother.
Ray was a loving husband to his wife, children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren. He was dedicated to family, making regular visits to his parents and siblings in Economy Borough, Pennsylvania throughout the year. He was a hard worker, at times working 3 jobs to support his family. He enjoyed bike riding, sports-especially baseball, hunting, fishing and playing any games. Ray had an outgoing personality. He rode his bike 20-30 miles a day picking up cans to help keep the community clean. Best known as the “Can Man”. He was always willing to assist those in need. He encouraged good work ethics and taught his children the importance of maintaining a vehicle when they learned to drive. His family will cherish his memory for years to come.
Friends are being received Wednesday April 28, 2021 at 130 pm, services immediately following starting at 2pm at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, 9400 Indian Spring Cemetery Rd., Punta Gorda, Florida 33950.
The family extends their sincere gratitude to the staff of Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, especially Amanda and David.