Raymond E. Smith was born and reared in the Mt. Pleasant Community of Newberry County where he continues to reside. He is a graduate of Pomaria High School and attended Columbia Business College. He retired after 30 years of service from the S.C. Department of Revenue as an individual state tax examiner. Raymond has been employed with the firm since 1988. He is a very active member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church where he is a member of the church choir, the 55+ Group, the Methodist Men, a Sunday School Teacher and serves on numerous boards and committees. He is also a member of the Newberry Community Choir.