On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Our Heavenly Father closed the eyes of our beloved Barney Ray Smith Sr. as he departed this earthly life at the Henrico Doctors Hospital, Richmond. Although our hearts are saddened and heavy, we concur that God only takes the best.
Barney was born on December 27, 1969 to his mother and father, Patricia Shelton Waller and the late Edward Smith, Sr. He shared his life with two loving brothers, Edward Jr. and Brandon. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by the mother of his son, Consuela (Connie) Gordon; his maternal grandparents, William and Carrie Barney Shelton Sr.; paternal grandparents, Richard and Bernice Melton Smith; uncle Richard Smith Jr.; and aunt Karen Smith.
Barney received his education in the Louisa County Public Schools, graduating from Louisa County High School in 1988. He gave his life to Christ, was baptized, and joined Rising Sun Baptist Church in Mineral under the pastorate of Rev. Sherman Thomas on August 14, 1981, at the age of 12. Barney was an independent business owner for over 20 years, managing and operating Smith Tree and Landscaping, LLC in Henrico. He took much pride in nurturing and maintaining his customers’ lawns and taking down large hazardous trees. Many of his long-term customers were just like family.
Barney was a real family man, as nothing was more important to him than his son, Little Barney, and his mother, brothers, nieces, devoted cousins and friends. He enjoyed fishing, going to the race track and bringing family and friends together around the grill. He was known for his special pig roasting skills. He didn’t hesitate to say that no one was better than Barney Ray Smith.
Our beloved Barney leaves to cherish his memories: A loving mother, Patricia Shelton Waller and her husband Robert; his 10-year-old son, Barney Jr.; two brothers, Edward (EC) Smith Jr. (Katrina Daniels) and Brandon Smith; two nieces, Keyara and Carmen Smith; three uncles, Willian Shelton Jr. (Janice), Kenneth Smith, Sr. and Marcus Smith Sr.; four aunts, Brenda Quarles (Edward), Rosetta Burruss (Charles Sr.), Lorna Stevens and Sylvia Quarles (Albert); five great-aunts, Grace Shelton, Sheree Barney, Nora Robinson (Melvin), Ada Whitley (Warren), and Geraldine Chandler; six great uncles, Curtis Shelton Sr., Leslie Shelton (Mary), Wilbur Moore, Matt Smith Sr., Larry Smith Sr. and Harry M. Smith Sr. (Sarah); one great-great aunt, Janie Lanford; four step-sisters, Sarah Coles, Sherita Winkler (Rick), Latrice Thomas (James) and Roshanda Bowman (Antonio); and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends, including a devoted cousin, J.J. Smith, and devoted friend, Mikey Hughes.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Temple of Deliverance HCOG, 5756 Zachary Taylor Highway, in Mineral with Rev. Walter Pleasant officiating. Interment directed by D. D. Watson, Louisa, will follow in the Shelton Family Cemetery. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.ddwatsonlouisa.com.