Rev. Wallace W. Smith, 79, of 1208 Harrison Street in Princeton, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at his residence.
Born Nov. 24, 1933, in Gay, W.Va., he was the son of the late Rev. Ralph E. Smith Sr. and Glada Irene Riddle Smith. He was a 1952 graduate of Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, W.Va. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years and the Navy Reserves for five years. He worked as a structural ironworker for 14 years at Union Carbide Corporation in Marietta, Ohio, and became a member of the Local #787 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers Union.
Rev. Smith accepted Christ as a small boy and came back to the Lord as Savior on March 4, 1958. He served in the local church (Decatur Chapel) in Little Hocking, Ohio, as Deacon, Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent and Sunday School Teacher. He was called by God to enter the ministry at Fall Missions Conference in 1966. In the fall of 1968, he entered Appalachian Bible Institute, now Appalachian Bible College, in Bradley, W.Va. He enrolled in the Pastor's Course and graduated in May of 1971. Rev. Smith served as student Pastor of Pettus Baptist Church in Pettus, W.Va., for one and a half years. He then served as Pastor of Covington Bible Church in Covington, Va., for two and a half years. On June 17, 1973, Rev. Smith came to Princeton to Pastor Maranatha Baptist Church, where he served 38 years and three months until his retirement in Sept. of 2011.
While at Maranatha Baptist Church, he led the church in relocating to a new facility on Oakvale Road in 1980, with the educational office complex built first. The Sanctuary was built in 1981 and dedicated in 1982. His desire was to establish a Christian School that would instill Christian values in the youth of our area and provide a good foundation to build their lives on the truths of God's Word. In 1980, Rev. Smith was the leading force in the foundation of Maranatha Christian Academy, now Mercer Christian Academy. He loved his children, and his delight was to see them come home. He had much compassion for his church family, and always offered support and comfort in a time of need. He truly had a Pastor's heart. He previously served on the Board of Directors at Appalachian Bible College in Bradley, W.Va., and Bluefield Union Mission in Bluefield, W.Va. He was an avid reader, sports enthusiast, deer hunter and wood worker. Rev. Smith will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Tyler Smith; and one brother, Rev. Ralph E. Smith Jr. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 54 years, Beulah Boggs Smith of Princeton; four sons, Brian Smith of Princeton, David Smith and his wife Kali of Omaha, Neb., Rev. Douglas Smith and his wife Julie of Conway, S.C., and Patrick Smith and his wife Angel of Richland, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, Cheri, Michael T., Jade and husband Adam, Austin, Sydney, Hannah, Michael S., Anthony, Joshua, Matthew, Nicolas, Daniel and Elizabeth; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harold Smith and his wife Shirley of Mineral Wells, W.Va., Theodore Smith and his wife Beverly of Newberry, S.C., and Richard Smith and his wife Sharon of Coolville, Ohio; three sisters, Kathryn Casto of Merritt Island, Fla., Shirley Barr and her husband Rev. Basil Barr of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Marian Somerville and her husband Lowell of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Joann Smith of Nashville, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate the life of Rev. Wallace W. Smith will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Maranatha Baptist Church in Princeton, with his son, Rev. Douglas Smith, and Pastor Marvin Mills officiating. Burial will follow in Coolville Cemetery in Coolville, Ohio. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons and Trustees of Maranatha Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Maranatha Baptist Church in Princeton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Maranatha Baptist Church Missions Fund, 314 Oakvale Road, Princeton, WV 24740.
Following the graveside service Thursday, Vanderhoof Baptist Church, 23305 Moyis Road, Coolville, OH 45723, will be providing a meal and fellowship for the family.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com
The Smith family is being served by Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.