Police: No foul play in man found dead in Hardee’s parking lot

Staff report

Officers with the Hamlet Police Department responded to a welfare check call on Sunday at Hardee’s and found the body of a man inside his vehicle in the restaurant parking lot of the West Hamlet Avenue facility.

Police identified the man as William “Billy” Ray Smith, 64, of Hamlet. There was no evidence or suspicious of foul play, police said.

Hamlet_policeSmith was born in Robeson County on Nov. 28, 1950. He had been employed with the Plastek Group of Hamlet.

He was an avid fan of NASCAR, football and western movies, according to his obituary released by Richard Boles Funeral Service. He also enjoyed eating, shagging and tinkering with engines. His favorite time was that shared with family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel officiated by the Rev. Tommy Leviner. Burial will follow in Pinecrest Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:30 until 3 p.m. prior to the service on Wednesday at Richard Boles Funeral Service.

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