David Earl Smith

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David Earl Smith, 64, of Tarboro, N.C. passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2017 within the East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center surrounded by his family and friends after a short fight with heart disease.

A Celebration of David's Life will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Carlisle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Sammy Wood officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. A memorial ride and burial will be scheduled at a later date.

David was born January 17, 1953 in Pitt County to Ivey Lee Smith and Alice Ruth Davenport Smith, of Bethel.

David was known by many as "Dr. Dave" and " Blackbeard." Members of the Resurrection Riders of Edgecombe County embraced him and became chosen family. Regardless of the weather, you could find him drinking coffee and riding his most prized possession letting the wind blow in his long gray beard.

David had many God-given talents and skills. Prior to being disabled, he would travel the country operating various heavy equipment for Martin Paving & Property Maintenance, LLC. He will be remembered for lending a helping hand to others in need.

He is survived by his loving family which includes his daughter, Darlene Smith Hobgood and husband John Hobgood, of Macclesfield; sons, David Earl Smith Parrish and fiancee Emily Lewis, of Greenville; minor son, Samuel Lee Smith and mother, Susan Duke Smith, of Tarboro; sisters, Faye Smith Parrish and husband Henry Donald Parrish, of Belvoir and Janet Smith Griffin, of Belvoir; grandsons, Justin Earl Smith and fiancee Jennifer Adams Bales, of Elm City, David Earl Parrish, Jr., of Greenville; granddaughters, Allison Nicole Hobgood, of Macclesfield, Kimberly Dawn Parrish, of Greenville; great-grandsons, Kayden Bryce Joyner, of Wilson, Gavin Eli Joyner, of Elm City; special companion of 10 years, Linda Little, of Tarboro; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the medical team and staff entrusted to his care for their compassion and expertise during his illness. A special heartfelt thank you to members of his motorcycle family for their love, devotion and band of brother/sisterhood both past and present.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a monetary gift to assist with burial expenses.

Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc., of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.carlislefuneralhome.com.