Carl Smith helped Conitex Sonoco thrive, grow during 35-year career

Posted December 28, 2020


RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. – Carl Smith, who retired last year as vice president of sales at Conitex Sonoco in Gastonia, N.C., died at his home on December 25, 2020. He was 67.


Smith spent 35 years at Conitex Sonoco, which allowed him to flourish and travel the world while representing its product lines.


“Carl was with Conitex Sonoco since the very early days before retiring in 2019,” said Michel Schmidlin, the company’s chief operating officer. “He has been a key contributor to our growth over the years, promoting our products with zeal and passion, taking excellent care of our customers, going the extra mile, and always, always keeping a positive outlook, even in the face of adversity. He was a model of perseverance, a trusted colleague and a great friend.”

Added David Monteith, Conitex Sonoco's vice president of Converting & Flexible Products Division: "It was not only the passion and excitement that Carl exhibited for our products and our company that stood out, but also the unique personal ability he had to simply make everyone around him feel good."


Smith began his textile career working with Mastercraft Corporation during high school and college. He interned at Cone Mills and worked in manufacturing at the Avondale plant for three years. His desire to work in sales led him to partner with Gunter-Cooke Textile Machinery in Durham, N.C. He was later recruited by Conitex, Inc.


He graduated from Appalachian State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Accounting.


Smith is survived by his wife, Sharon Byrd Smith; daughters Carla Smith and Randi Rene Sentell; grandchildren Carly, Baron, Isla, South and Jackson; siblings Shannon Parker, Stanley Smith, Dale Smith and Paul Smith; along with a number of nieces and nephews.


To read the full obituary, please click here.


Source: Crowe’s Mortuary & Crematory and Conitex Sonoco

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