More About Rep. Raymond Smith, JR
State Representative Raymond E. Smith, Jr is a native of Wayne County and a product of the public school system. A graduate of Goldsboro High School, where he was a three-sport athlete and member of the student government. From there, he matriculated to N.C. A & T State University as a student-athlete. Soon after, he began his first foray into public service, as a member of the United States Army, He served this country proudly as a combat veteran in the Gulf War. After a successful tour of duty in the United States Army, he returned to N.C. A&T State University and completed his bachelor’s degree. But service was still a mainstay in his mind and plans; so, he began a career in Education as a middle school social studies teacher and a high school football coach. He counts this time as one the most rewarding experiences of his life, because of the impact a teacher has on students.
This commitment to service and education is a part of Raymond’s upbringing and his legacy. His father, Raymond E. Smith Sr., was a United States Marine. After an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps., he began a career with the Civil Service which lasted 35 years until his retirement. He served the community on numerous boards and served as the National President of the largest High School Alumni Association in the United States. His mother, Thelma F. Smith, was a lifelong educator. She was a classroom teacher for 30 years and decided to continue her education and became a guidance counselor for a total 38 years in education. Upon her retirement, she successfully campaigned to become a member of the Wayne County Board of Education and served the community as a School Board member for 18 years of public service. They both lived their entire lives giving back to the community, and they both passed away while still serving.
Upon earning a master’s degree in Public Administration from N.C. Central University, he embarked upon a career in the transportation industry. As a statewide planner for the NC Department of Transportation, he was afforded the privilege of working with all 100 counties within the State of North Carolina regarding their transportation planning efforts. His career in public transportation administration culminated with becoming the first Executive Director of the Goldsboro / Wayne Transportation Authority, which continues to be a thriving and successful public transit system serving all of Wayne County. Ultimately, his commitment to public service led him back into the field of education. A life-long learner, he is in the final stages of writing and submitting his Doctoral Dissertation at Fayetteville State University. Still wanting to be an integral part of the lives of young people and education, he is employed with Shaw University.
Raymond is also a family man, he and his wife Cortrina T. Smith, also an educator have five children: a son, Christopher, who is serving proudly in the United States Army and is stationed in South Korea; two daughters, Tracy and Ashley, both in college at N.C. A&T State University; and two sons at home, Myles and Maxwell, a third grader and a toddler.