February Fourteen, Nineteen Thirty Four
October Fourteen, Two Thousand Seventeen
Homegoing service Celebrating the life and legacy of SAINT:
Carlton Hemsley Smith Alpha
February Fourteen, Nineteen Thirty Four
October Fourteen, Two Thousand Seventeen
‘83 years of earthly pilgrimage’ Bethel Says Goodbye
Bethel United COJC (Apostolic) Friday, November 10, 2017 6:00PM
First Baptist Church of Sunrise Saturday, November 11, 2017 9:30AM Officiating Clergy: Bishop Charles C. Mullings Elder Delton McDonald Eulogist: Bishop Leslie J. Barnes
National Celebration Order of Divine Worship Friday, November 10, 2017 Family Viewing 5:00 O’clock General Viewing 6:00 O’clock Divine Service 6:30 O’clock Moderators Deacon Trevor Powell Elder Delton McDonald Praise & Worship Bethel United Youth Choir Congregation Hymn
When The Roll is call Up Yonder
Prayer of Comfort Missionary Annmarie Hamilton Scripture Psalms 116:1-19 Congregational Hymn When We All Get to Heaven Welcome – Saints, Family &Friends Elder Delton McDonald Tribute (2 mins.) Minister Harry Johnson Solo Sister Buchannan Tribute Elder Smith’s Children Choral Selection Bethel United Youth Choir Tribute
Pastor G. Oliver Barnes
Tribute Elder Smith’s Family Tribute Ms. Shawna Humphrey Tribute Sister Hamilton-Clarke (Evans Smith’s Sister) Coral Selection Bethel United Youth Choir Tribute
Marvin & Sanny Walcott
Bishop Ralston Tracy
Tribute Elder Smith’s Grandchildren General Tributes Visiting Church Solo Message Bishop DW Thompson Bethlehem Apostolic Toronto, Canada Closing Remarks Elder Delton McDonald
When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
When We All Get To Heaven
When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more, And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair; When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore, And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.
Sing the wondrous love of Jesus Sing his mercy and his grace In the mansions bright and blessed He’ll prepare for us a place
Refrain: When the roll is called up yonder, When the roll is called up yonder, When the roll is called up yonder, When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. On that bright and *cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise, [*sabbath] And the glory of His resurrection share; When His chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies, And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. Let us labor for the Master from the dawn till setting sun, Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care; Then when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done, And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.
Refrain: When we all get to heaven What a day of rejoicing that will be When we all see Jesus We’ll sing and shout the victory While we walk the pilgrim pathway Clouds will overspread the sky But when travlin’ days are over Not a shadow, not a sigh Onward to the prize before us Soon his beauty we’ll behold Soon the pearly gates will open We shall tread the streets of gold
hOMEGOING Service celebrating LIFE & LEGACY OF
Carlton Hemsley Smith Order Of Divine Worship
Saturday, November 11, 2017 VIEWING: 9:00 O’ Clock • Service: 9:30 O’Clock Officiates: Bishop Charles C. Mullings Elder Dalton McDonald Musical Prelude Organist Processional – Scripture Sentences Dr. Charles C. Mullings Bishop, Pastors, Elders, Ministers Bethel Ministry Officials The Family Congregational Hymn
Death Hath No Terrors
Reverent Petition of Comfort Bishop Devon Brown Old Testament Isaiah 43:1-7 New Testament 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 Reading of the Gospel St. John 14:1-6 Hymn of Celebration Bethel United COJC Apostolic Choir Proclamation Evangelist Josephine Gray Bethel United Church Tributes Bethel United Church Choral Selection Stephen & Abigail Hamilton Tributes (2mins.) Verica Smith-Lynn Andrea Bailey-on behalf of Elaine Smith-Henry Marvin & Sanny Walcott Behalf of Yvette Smith- Crooks Paulette Rowe–Family (Friend) Instrumental Solo Brother Vincent Waugh Tributes (2mins) Delores Clarke-Knight (Stepdaughter) Sonia Clarke (Stepdaughter) Angela Clarke-Webb (Stepdaughter) Norris Levy Step (Son)
Hymn of Praise
‘After A While’
Bethel United COJC Apostolic Choir
Bishop Tributes (International) Bishop D.W. Thompson-Canada Bishop Ira D. Thompson-Florida Inspirational Solo Evangelist Josephine Grey Bethel, U.S Tribute on Behalf of Local Ministers
Bishop David Francis
Instrumental Solo Pastor Linton England Pastors Tribute (International) Pastor Michael Lewis, Bethel, Jamaica Elder Oscar Mclean, Bethel, UK Choral Selection Pastor Clifton Ebanks & Co Pastors Tribute Pastor Stewart, New Jersey Poem Dominique Crooks Hymn of Consolation
‘I’ll Have A New life’
Bethel United Choir
Tribute (International) Mrs. Robinson Newton, Jamaica Special Tribute Dr. Colin Cawley Mt. Zion Apostolic Toronto, Canada The Obituary Ms. Taylor-Moore Sermonic Selection Sis. Marveen Barnes & Sis. Sharon Barnes-Waters Eulogistic Message Bishop Leslie Josiah Barnes Pastor First United COJC (Apostolic) Brooklyn, NY. Altar Service Earth’s Final View Forest Lawn Funeral Parlor Bishops, Overseers, & Pastors Final Tribute Recessional Benediction Dr. Colin Cawley Mt. Zion Apostolic Toronto, Canada
I’ll Have a New Life Verse 1 On the resurrection morning when all the dead in Christ shall rise, I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life; Sown in weakness, raised in power, ready to live in Paradise, I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord I’ll have a new life. Chorus I’ll have a new home of love eternal with the redeemed of God to stand, There’ll be no more sorrow, No more pain, there’ll be no more strife; Yes, raised in the likeness of my Savior, ready to live in glory land, I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life. Verse 2 Free from every imperfection, youthful and happy I shall be, I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life; Glorified with Him forever, death will be loss in victory, I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord I’ll have a new life. Verse 3 What a hallelujah morning when the last trump of God shall sound, I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life; Graves all bursting, saints all shouting, heavenly beauty all around, I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord I’ll have a new life.
Death Hath No Terrors 1. Death hath no terrors for the blood bought one, O glory hallelujah to the Lamb! The boasted vict’ry of the grave is gone, O glory hallelujah to the Lamb! Refrain
Jesus rose from the dead, Rose triumphant as He said, Snatched the vict’ry from the grave, Rose again our souls to save— O glory hallelujah to the Lamb! 2. Our souls die daily to the world and sin, O glory hallelujah to the Lamb! By the Spirit’s power as He dwells within, O glory hallelujah to the Lamb! [Refrain] 3. We seek a city far beyond this vale, O glory hallelujah to the Lamb! Where joys celestial never, never fail, O glory hallelujah to the Lamb! [Refrain] 4. We’ll then press forward to the heav’nly land, O glory hallelujah to the Lamb! Nor mind the troubles met on ev’ry hand, O glory hallelujah to the Lamb! [Refrain] 5. We’ll rise some day just as our Savior rose, O glory hallelujah to the Lamb! Till then shall death be but a calm repose, O glory hallelujah to the Lamb! [Refrain]
After A While Verse 1 After the sunshine comes the rain, after the gladness, grief and pain, But there will come a better day after a while; We must keep pressing t’ward the goal, seeking the homeland of the soul, If we have joys that ne’er decay after a while. Chorus After a while, After a while, glory is waiting over there after a while; After a while, After a while, we shall have joy beyond compare, after a while. Verse 2 Troubles and cares on every hand, more than our souls can understand, But there will come a better day after a while; We must be true to Christ our King, telling His love, His praises sing, If we have joys that ne’er decay after a while. Verse 3 ‘Twill not be long to tarry here till the Redeemer shall appear, But there will come a better day after a while; We shall be glad to see His face, knowing that we are saved by grace, If we have joys that ne’er decay after a while.
arlton Hemsley Smith, 83 received his call to return ‘Home ‘from his earthly abode in Lauderhill, Florida, on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Carlton was born from the union of the late Jane Ricketts and Leslie Smith. His birth on Wednesday February 14, 1934 in Little London, Westmorland, Jamaica W.I., coincided with a total lunar eclipse as the heavens declared the glory of God. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon hides behind the earth. “Hiding in thee, hiding in thee, thou bless rock of ages I’m hiding in thee.’ This heavenly display was to characterize the life of Carlton Smith. The second of four children, he attended Little London Secondary School and graduated in 1951. He started worshipping as a teenager at Grange Hill Baptist Church where he became a member of the church’s choir. He worked in the Agriculture Industry as a driver at The Frome Sugar Estate for five years. In 1960, Carlton relocated to Newton St. Elizabeth, where he continued to work in the in the industry at Appleton Estate and Aquaculture (a subsidiary of Jamaican Boilers). In 1968, at 34 years old, Carlton Hemsley Smith was transformed from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light as he accepted baptism in the name of Jesus. Shortly afterwards he received the Holy Ghost, accompanied with glossolalia as the Spirit gave utterance. His conversion marked the genesis of a plethora of activities of God’s kingdom on earth, specifically in the Shiloh Apostolic Church in Newton, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica W.I., where he was spiritually reborn. After his conversion his life was forever hidden in Christ, as the moon was hiding behind the earth at his birth. Paul’s declared: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live not of myself but by the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” This statement is truly applicable to Pastor Smith’s life. This man’s life was not a normal, from his conversion until his death he lived an austere life as directed by the Holy Ghost. As a Sunday School Teacher he instructed people in the way of the Lord; he was also the Choir Director. Elder Smith loved to get in the water and baptized people in the name of Jesus; like John the Baptist, he was a Baptizer. Additionally, he served as Youth President. As he continued to excel in the ministry under unction of the Holy Ghost he was ordained an Elder and at the age of 45, he was appointed the Assistant Pastor of the Church under the leadership of Bishop Nevis Rowe. He was an obedient, humble servant who obeyed his Pastor as her served the Lord and the saints of Newton. His best friend and now Pastor of the church in Newton Pastor Cawley, spoke about him glowing terms. He said Elder Smith loved exceptionally; he loved the Lord, he loved the gospel, he loved the saints and he love going the extra mile for the brethren and the Lord.
Elder Smith sought God for a companion and God showed him the lovely Missionary Mercella Loney; he obeyed God’s direction, a short and blissful courtship endued and on November 19, 1967 Carlton and Mercella were joined in holy matrimony. This heaven-made marriage produced 6 children. In September 1986 God called Missionary Mercella to higher service but that left Elder Smith bereft and heart broken. Through God’s strength upon which he was totally reliant and with six children depending on him he had to move forward. Elder Smith migrated to the United States in March 1987 and became a member of First United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) in Brooklyn, NY under the Pastorate of Bishop Leslie J. Barnes in his assignment in New York, he continued to display the qualities of a son of god, loving, caring and compassionate. While in New York he met the lovely Missionary Cinderella Clarke. They moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and were united in holy matrimony in December 26, 1987. They took fellowship at First United COJC (Apostolic) under the Pastorate of Bishop Charles C. Mullings. In this assignment he preached and taught the Word of God with authority and knowledge. His display of Godly qualities, standard of holiness and respect for his Pastor continued to be the hallmark of his pilgrimage. Elder Smith and his and wife moved to Bethel United Church in Fort Lauderdale where he later became the Pastor of that Church. He continue in that assignment until his death. He served with apostolic dignity in that capacity for 22 years. He was a strong defender of the Oneness Apostolic persuasion. His knowledge of the scripture was phenomenal; he knew the Word and he lived by the Word. At Bethel he demonstrated the ability to be faithful and patient. He often said, “He will let nothing or anyone come between he and his Savior to prevent him from going to heaven”. He demonstrated a dogged determination to hold on to the gospel as it was first preached to him. His behavior was typical Shiloh congregants who stood for holiness, and respect for leadership. He followed the maxim. “Called to be saint;” and was the personification of a true saint of God. He left to cherish his memories and to walk in his footsteps: His lovely wife of 30 years, Evangelist Cinderella Smith, two sister: Hazel McIntyre & Verica Davis; nine children: Delroy, Zethro, Patrick, Rylene, Verica, Yvette, Elaine, Dwayne, and Hugh; thirty four grandchildren: Akelia, Simms, Simonetta, Christopher, Shanar, Kamar, Nora, Othniel, Toussant, Dwayne Jr., Shanice, Brian, Sharifa, Kevin, Keyonda, Brandon, Davian, Jonathan, Shavan, Chanel, Dominique, Dashawn, Jody, Kirk, Yatasha, Keisha, Raven, Kacie, Krystan, Mia, Sade, Natalie, Elijah, and Ethan. Twelve great grandchildren: Nathaniel, Natalie, Noah, Comfort, Llaah, Areia, Mark Anthony, Brianna, Ashanti, Brooklyn, Aalyah and Kennie; a multitude of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, friends and his beloved church family.
The Measure of A mAn The measure of a man is meticulously defined. A tapestry crafted and skillfully designed. Each action a layer that builds on the last. Carefully constructing and weaving his past.
Conviction of spirit and honesty combine, where integrity, truth, and honor entwine. Compassion for others, not afraid to console, with passion and drive to stretch for the goal.
Godâ€™s in the center of decisions he makes, seeking counsel for every direction he takes. His principles strong, with no compromise. No hidden agendas, masquerades, or disguise. A firm guiding hand at the opportune time. A shoulder to cry on, a poetic rhyme. With loyalty and trust, ambition, and pride, He stands on his faith, committed to his bride.
The same around others as he is all alone. He prospers in the Word as his soul has grown. He courageously stands when most simply ran. These are the qualities that measure a man Kevin Pace
Tribute from Evangelist Zereta Hamilton
Praise the Lord saints and friends. To the Smith’s family, I join you in sorrow at the passing away of my pastor and brother, Pastor Carlton Smith. Although my heart is broken by his departure, I rejoice with the heavenly hosts that he has transitioned over to glory land. Pastor Smith was a faithful leader who will always remain in my heart and I will always look at the life he lived as an example of how faithful Christians ought to live in humility and peace. Jesus said “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the Earth”. Pastor Smith’s example of meekness will forever live in my memories. His inheritance is far greater than the Earth since he went home to glory to live with the Lord forever. Please accept my sincere condolences for the void left in our hearts and rest assured that since Jesus called our pastor home, He will fill our heart with great comfort and love to keep us. We are saddened by his departure yet we have hope that we will see him again when our name gets called at the glorious rollcall in heaven. God bless you. Evangelist Zereta Hamilton
Tribute from Evangelist Dorothy Wright Timeclock is striking the hour; Jesus shall soon appear. The Lord’s timeclock struck and angels were dispatched to summon home my beloved pastor and friend, Pastor Carlton Smith. The Lord knoweth them that are His and He refuse to allow Pastor Smith to remain on Earth and suffer. His everlasting mercies cried out for the opening of the gateway to heaven although it means certain death to life on Earth. Pastor Smith, I miss you. You are an inspiration of righteousness to those who would live holy in this life. I will always remember your passion for holiness and the word of God and especially those old time songs of Zion that you always use to sing. I know that you are living in perfect joy, resting in the arms of the Lord and I pray that I will see you again in the sweet by and by. Evangelist Dorothy Wright
Tribute from Sister Irene Alexander and family
Tribute from Minister Paul Hamilton and family
Precious in the eyes of the Lord are the death of His saints. Holy greetings to all in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and King. I always loved Pastor Smith and his faithfulness in serving as pastor at Bethel United Church in Fort Lauderdale. Pastor Smith is a man of God and he loved the church and the saints. He always showed compassion and visited the sick even when he was not well. Sometimes he visits me when I am sick and later I found out that he was also sick but he never complains that he’s not feeling well.
It is so hard to see a loved one migrate from their homeland, leaving their family behind to move and live at another place that is far away, but sometimes this is what occurs in life. These migrations often leave families with great sorrow and sadness until that memorable day when they are reunited once again as the other family members eventually migrate to that same place which would become their new home.
Evangelist Smith and family, please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband and father. He was my father too and my pastor. I really love Pastor Smith and he will be greatly missed until we meet again in heaven. God bless you. Sister Irene Alexander and the Baily and Crammer families
TRIBUTE: CARLTON HELMSLEY SMITH The beauty of a life lived for the Lord Jesus Christ cannot be measured by mere words. It can only be celebrated with the assurance that only what’s done for Christ will last. Today we celebrate the life of a brother, a saint, an elder and pastor whose love for Jesus and the body of believers in Christ was demonstrated by his commitment to serve the people of God, even in the face of ongoing health challenges. His years of service in the Bethel Ft. Lauderdale church will always be remembered. His love for the songs of Zion and the passion with which he sang “When God dipped His pen of love into my heart” will be missed. Pastor Smith showed a love for the saints, often extending himself to visit the sick, even when he himself was ailing. Although sometimes disappointed, he served faithfully to the end. May his soul find eternal rest in the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Elder Delton McDonald and Evangelist Cynthia McDonald
Pastor Carlton Smith, you faithfully served the Lord as our beloved pastor at the Bethel United Church in Fort Lauderdale. Living a holy life in the sight of God and men, you fought a good fight and finished your course with joy, ever keeping the faith that was delivered unto you. With the holy angels blowing a triumphant trumpet, you escaped the clutches of death and was transported into paradise waiting for that glorious day when we all get to heaven to be reunited in the presence of the most high God. To Evangelist Smith and the Smith family, please accept our sincere condolence that your beloved husband and father has departed and migrated from Earth to Heaven. We mourn with you because we know that our beloved Pastor Smith will not be seen again in this life. We miss him greatly and we know that he is in such perfect bliss that he would not want to return to the pain and sorrows on Earth, even for a moment to say a final goodbye. Nevertheless, we are assured that if we remain faithful to the Lord and live a holy life on Earth, we also will be received with open arms into glory to be reunited with our beloved pastor someday. We pray that God’s perfect peace will comfort your hearts as we await our appointment to migrate from Earth to that great reunion in Heaven. Minister Paul and Missionary Annmarie Hamilton (with Abigail and Stephen Hamilton)
Bethel United Women’s Department On behalf of the Women’s Department, we are honoured and blessed to have known Pastor Carlton Smith. He was truly a blessing in our lives. We will never forget Pastor Smith who was a faithful and dedicated man of great humility, and he will be greatly missed. We can all rest assure that Pastor Smith’s death is in God’s perfect will. The Holy Scripture says precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (Psalm 116:15). Pastor Smith will never be forgotten; he will always have a special place in our hearts. We offer our deepest condolences to everyone in Pastor Smith’s immediate family. May God continue to comfort your hearts and bless you during this difficult time. Our prayers will always be with you. Missionary Clarette Lewis Women’s President, Bethel United Church
Bethel United Youth Department “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15). Pastor Smith, you are a precious saint and the Lord has taken you now out of your pain to a better place. Yes, you will be missed on this side but we are comforted knowing that all hope is not lost and we will see you again one day. You have served us well and now that your work on Earth is done, we will continue with what you taught us. You taught us that we should make our election sure and the importance of living holy unto the Lord. We will certainly miss your singing; we can still hear your voice ringing in our heads, singing songs such as “Had it not been,” and “Gone the Stone is Rolled Back”. Even though you are no longer with us on this side of the vineyard, the memories you left with us will never be forgotten. With love, Sister Teisha Palmer Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ Youth Department
“None of us are indispensable, but some of us are irreplaceable” Elder Smith (Papa) was a kind, supportive, and caring man whose home was always open to our family. When visiting his home, he would see to it that we felt welcomed and comfortable. He would entertain us with stories and made sure we had a good laugh. We will cherish the fun times we had with him telling us stories about the old days, introducing us to some old time funny and timeless Jamaican sayings and proverbs, and of course the funny thing he always did with his eyebrows and forehead. He would always have an encouraging word for us, and if he saw only one of us he would always ask how the others are doing. He was a great example of what being dedicated to God and the church truly meant. Even when not feeling well, he made it his mission to show up at church. He loved to sing and would sing every chance he got. We will always remember him sitting in his chair with his microphone, and at times singing louder than the choir. The unique relationship he had with his wife Cinderella was one of a kind. The way they would bicker and play with each other at times was fun to watch, as we could see the maturity of their love and how special it was; you could tell they were meant for each other. Elder Smith was a special and irreplaceable man who has impacted our lives and has left great memories that we will cherish forever. Now you’re singing on the heavenly choir Papa. You’ll always be in our hearts. God bless you, The Gooden family
To our beloved pastor, father, and grandfather, Elder Carlton Smith. It is with mixed emotions that I write this tribute today. We are joyful because we have the comfort of knowing that you are in a better place, yet sorrowful now that you’re no longer on this side of the vineyard. For as long as we can remember, you cared for us like your own. Whenever you greeted us, you had a huge smile on your face and a big, warm hug. You were a loving, caring, and humble man. Most importantly, you were a faithful man of God that always stood up for your beliefs. As a devoted pastor to our church; serving God’s people was your number one priority. Even when you were ailing, you’d always press to come out to church. We remember you saying, “It’s only what one does for Christ will last”. You were never afraid of death, you’d always cite the scripture “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1). In your final days, we could see that you were tired and ready to go home to be with the Lord. As much as it hurt us to see you slowly slip away, we understood that your time had come to say goodbye. Although we miss you, we’ll remember you in a happy way. As I write this now, I can hear you singing out “Just suppose God searched through Heaven, and couldn’t find one willing to be, The supreme sacrifice that was needed, That would buy eternal life for you and me”. Elder Smith, it was such a privilege to have known you and an honor to have called you our pastor. May you rest in the arms of our Saviour until we meet again on the homecoming day. We love you pops! Sister Emily on behalf of the Clarke family
Miss me but let me go Elder Carlton Smith; you have come to the end of your journey. The sun has set for you, Don’t weep for you, you have made it home Through Heaven’s gates there you may roam. You said “Miss me a little, but not for long”, Not with your heads bowed low, but high praising God Wipe your tears and dry your eyes I am in a better place with Heaven as my prize. Remember the love and fellowship we once shared, Miss me, but let me go! I am in my Father’s hand Don’t weep for me; No tears and no sorrow Live life for Jesus He promises tomorrow and tomorrow has come This is a journey we all must take, And each of us must go alone; It’s all a part of God great and wonderful plan A step on the road to my home where the street is line with Gold When we are lonely and sick of heart You encourage us to go to the friend we know, JESUS Bury your sorrows in doing good deeds, Miss me, but let me go, I am resting home with those gone on before Thank you for being there and for your soul searching sermons I will sing your songs (had it not been; shelter safe within the arms of God) Sleep on Elder Carlton Smith, miss you on this side; The Angels in Heaven are rejoicing, one of God Angels has come home The Jones, Taylor Family (JYS)
The Bond Of Love Through Time, Space And Eternity!!! The bond of love between a father and his children last a lifetime and into eternity, it will never change. It remains the same through time, space and eternity. With his infectious laughter, it expressed his deep love for each of you. Thus; time, space and even death could never change his great love for each of you. His love will last through eternity and even then; it will never change. His love was pure, unconditional, true understanding of any situation. Truly, his expressed love was forgiving of any mistakes. Even though he is gone, his love continues through space and Eternity!!! Yes, he has flown away through time, space and eternity to Jesus; but his love for each of you, will never change. Patricia Richards-Titus On behalf of the Titusâ€™ family
“Our path knotted and we are left better educated into the principles of the Kingdom living.”
I believe the first test of a great man is in his humility. - John Ruskin
Material things were irrelevant to him, as he would say “You can’t carry it to the grave with you”.
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15 To Evangelist Cinderella Smith, The Smith family, Pastors, Saints and friends:
My wife and I, our family and church family, join with you as we celebrate the life of Pastor Carlton Smith. In this modern age where the preaching of the gospel has become big business and many leaders have forgotten the meaning of the word, “Servant”, Pastor Carlton Smith exemplified the genuine humility indicative of the true heart of a shepherd. He was never one to push himself to the forefront; Pastor Smith was more than happy to encourage others to go forth in their gifts. Pastor Smith was like a quiet storm; he was a man of few words, but when he spoke, he spoke with authority out of his heart for God. He was a true brother and friend, one whom I had great respect for because he was genuine. He loved God, he loved his wife, he loved his family, and he loved the church. To know Pastor Smith was to love him. He was such a great family man and people person, that it was hard to be around him and not have a smile on your face. Evangelist Cinderella Smith was one of the long standing members of First United Brooklyn, so when Elder Smith asked for her hand in marriage, it wasn’t easy to let her go. But I knew I was releasing her into good hands because Elder Smith was a very good man who was serious about his walk with God. The work in Fort Lauderdale was established and pastored by our patriarch in the gospel, Bishop Sydney Alexander Dunn, who proceeded Pastor Smith in their transition out of this life. The fact that Bishop Dunn entrusted the church into the pastoral leadership of Elder Smith, speaks volumes of the legitimacy of Elder Smith. His presence will be greatly missed here on earth, but we rejoice with the family and saints at the fact that we will meet again in the New Jerusalem. Sleep well Pastor, you have run well, until we meet at Jesus’ feet. For His kingdom sake Bishop Leslie J. Barnes First United COJC (Apostolic) Brooklyn, NY
A Tribute to “My Pastor” Evangelist Cindy Smith, Smith Family and Bethel United Family. Ironically we here on earth are sad while the heavenly host is rejoicing as their 5-star General has returned to his rank in heaven. Pastor Carlton Smith has now joined the spirits of just men made perfect. We are exuberant that he was our contemporary, our path knotted and we are left better educated into the principles of the Kingdom living. As a person young in the Pastorate it was a blessing to have Elder Smith and Evangelist Smith become congregants of our church in Miami. I was able to witness with fascination how a true son of God lives while in the flesh. His commitment to the Oneness Apostolic Gospel and Holiness Standards defined his way of life and truly exemplify the concept: “In Christ. It was an enigmatic experience to observe Elder Carlton Smith walked on the Highway of our God while dispensing goodness, love, kindness, peace humility and a plethora of God –like qualities to many who walk on the low road. It was indeed an honor bestowed on me as a Marriage Officer to have joined Evangelist Cinderella Smith and Elder Carlton Smith in Holy Matrimony. That occurrence, together with our mutual respect for the Oneness of God, the ‘Word’ and the manifestation of the Holy Ghost cemented a bond with the Smith – Mullings Families... Pastor Smith affectionately called me “My Bishop” and I called him “My pastor.” He moved on to become the Pastor of the Bethel Family, but he was still accessible for our gleaning from his reservoir of spiritual treasure trove. Bethel, you have lost one of the best saints who ever walked this earth. Paul in 1corinthian 1:2 said we are called to be saints; without question, Pastor Carlton Smith was called to be a saint and he attained to ‘Sainthood.’ I am not sure what God is saying to us; In the space of three months Bethel lost its top generals: Patriarch, His Eminence, Bishop Sidney Alexander Dunn and Our Pastor: Elder Carlton Smith. Those of us who treated them well are assured of blessings in this life; if we walk in their footsteps, then surely “The Crown” is waiting. Mission accomplished, assignment superbly executed, I love you My Brother! Sleep well through the night, I will bestir you upon arrival on the heavenly shore and we shall have sweet fellowship in the New Jerusalem. Lady Gloria Mullings, I and the Redeemed of the Lord at First United COJC (Apostolic) in Miami join in SALUTING you ‘my Pastor’ Elder Carlton Smith on your way Home… Lovingly, Dr. Charles C. Mullings, Pastor, United I AM – Miami, Florida
To: Evangelist Cindarella Smith, members of the bereaved family, Church family and friends: On behalf of Original Faith Family Apostolic Church, West Palm Beach I extend heartfelt sympathy and prayerful condolences to you on the passing of our dearly beloved Pastor Carlton Smith from life to life and from labor to reward. I first met Elder Smith here in South Florida in the late 1980s and we worshipped together at the First United Church, Miami, under the leadership of Bishop Charles Mullings. I remember him as a servant leader, dynamic preacher, teacher, melodious singer and staunch defender of the Apostolic faith. Previously Elder smith was one of the leading ministers at the Newton Shiloh Apostolic Church, St Elizabeth, Jamaica under the leadership of Bishop Nevis Rowe; and for a while he was left in charge of that assembly. He parlayed that leadership skill and experience and was a priceless asset not only to Shiloh Apostolic Newton, but also to First United Miami. He later became an associate minister, assistant pastor, and later pastor of Bethel United Church, Ft Lauderdale. Later when we became pastors I could count on his faithful support and a strong delegation from Bethel United, Ft Lauderdale for special services here in West Palm Beach. On a personal note, Pastor Smith was a jovial and pleasant person, with a great sense of humor; and very approachable. While we worshipped at First United Church, Elder Smith and Lady Smith transported me to and from Church, and I had dinner at their home in Miramar every Sunday. Elder Carlton Smith was very hospitable and made me feel at home. I will treasure those precious memories forever. Pastor Smith’s passing leaves a huge aching void in the hearts of all who knew him; but our grief is tempered by the knowledge that he is resting in the arms of Jesus, until we meet in that great convocation in the air and the Great Marriage Supper of the Lamb. “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them” (Rev. 14:13). May his soul rest in peace and God’s eternal shekinah light shine perpetually upon him. Also, may the healing balm of God’s comforting presence and the precious memories and priceless legacy of this great man of a much greater God minister to us all in this time of bereavement. Lovingly submitted by Bishop David Francis Pastor, Original Faith Family Apostolic Church International, West Palm Beach, Florida
BETHLEHEM UNITED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST (APOSTOLIC) CANADIAN DIOCESE October 26, 2017
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalms 116:15 Dear Officiating Lead & Saints,
Bishop D.W. Thompson National Bishop Overseer O. G. Simpson Western District Overseer Elder A. E. Todd Executive Board Member Elder W. Robb Executive Board Member Elder O. Daley Executive Board Member Elder M. Grange Facilitator
Elder A. E. Todd National Administrator Sister P. Saunders Western District Support Sister S. Bailey Eastern District Support
Please accept holy greetings in the saving name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is with mixed feelings that I write this tribute on behalf of my family and the Bethlehem United Church family, in honour of the late Elder Carlton Smith. Elder Smith has been a faithful, dedicated and humble servant of the Lord who was diligent in his effort to advance the Kingdom at every opportunity. Despite his physical health challenges, he was motivated to serve willingly, as long as he was able to move. His humily and desire to stand for righteousness together with his passion for the oneness doctrine is commendable and has been an example to many. We are truly grateful to God for his life and the service he’s rendered. Although we mourn the loss of Elder Smith, there is mixed feelings; we are not grieving as those without hope, we are assured that while we may lose a dear brother and friend, heaven has gained one of its best soldiers. We are confident that if we remain faithful we will join the reunion in God's eternal presence! With this premise we extend our sincere condolences, to his wife and family and also the Bethel United Apostolic church family on behalf of the Thompson’s family and the Bethlehem United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic, Toronto, Canada. May his soul rest in peace and may the family find comfort and strength in the Lord Jesus Christ. Sincerely yours,
Bishop D.W. Thompson Canadian Diocese
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For a Friend, Pastor Carlton Smith On Saturday 7th 2017, I took with me Deacon Harvey walker and travelled one hundred and seventy miles to visit a friend, Pastor Carlton Smith. It was not a secondary trip, but it was the primary mission, as the Lord had laid it upon my heart to go and pray with him. His simple question to me was, “how you find me?” I asked if he had any discomfort, he replied, “no pain at all.” Of course we did not know that exactly one week later, he would bid us and this world farewell. Our songs, our payers our praises testify to the fact that he was dressed for his journey, and he was waiting to go. As a result I borrowed these words from the poet: LOVE ME BUT LET ME GO. When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in the gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not too long, and not with your head bowed low Remember the love we once shared, love me, but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take, And each must go alone, it’s all part of the master’s plan, a step on the road to go home. When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we know, and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds, love me but let me go. Don’t grieve for me, for now I am free. I am following the path God Laid for me. I took his hand when I heard him call; I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play, task left undone must stay that way. Bishop Raymond Hendricks Senior Pastor, Grace Apostolic Temple 1050 Atwater Drive, North Port FL.
It is without a shadow of doubt in my mind that a great solder in the Army of God, has fallen in the line of duty. As we gather here to celebrate the life and legacy of a colleague, whose labor has come to an end. Pastor Carlton Smith was a man whose faith was unwavering in the oneness of God and the power and soundness of the Apostolic Doctrine; he was a Gentle Man and one who would always have a song to cheer the hearts of the attendees of any service to which he was present. On behalf my wife, Lady Ethel R. Scott, the entire membership of the First United Church, and myself; I wish to convey to the Smith’s family and the Bethel Church family, our sincerest condolences and to let you know you are not alone in this time of sorrow. Today, we join you in celebration of the precious memories left in our hearts by one who has impacted so many of our lives over the years. Pastor Carlton Smith led by example and has certainly fought a good fight and finished his course, he kept the faith and is now gone on to receive his crown, which has long been awaiting him. Don’t think of him as gone to be forgotten, but he has only embarked on a new journey for which he has been preparing for. Do not think of him again as gone away, however, his journey has just begun. Life holds so many facets, and this earth is only one. We must think of Pastor Smith as resting in a place where there are no more sorrows, pain or tears, therefore, in a place of peace, comfort, and joy. It is a place where he is no longer restricted by time or space, but now he remains alive in the hearts of everyone whose life he has touched. Bishop Izett R. Scott Member, Board of Bishops United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) Pastor: First United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
A TRIBUTE I don’t need to understand, I just need to hold his hand, I don’t even need to ask the reason why. For I know he’ll make a way, Through the night and through the day, I don’t need to understand, I just need to hold his hand. With a sincere heart of compassion and sympathy and with love, we are reaching out to you in the parting of your loved one, a great man of God. A veteran, husband, father, friend and Pastor. We extend our condolence to Sister Cinderella Smith and family, and also to the Church family in the death of your Pastor. Pastor Smith was a worshiper with a passion for the growth and unity of the Church. Please take comfort in the fact that he is gone to be with the Lord. For to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We will continue to keep you in our prayers. May the Divine peace of Jesus Christ abide in your hearts until we all meet in glory! Bishop & First Lady Tracey Pentecostal Assemblies Inc. 1535 NW 15 Ave Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Our sincere condolences to Evangelist Cinderella Smith, the immediate family of the decedent, Pastor Carlton Smith, and the Bethel United Apostolic church family. We are reminded of the scripture in Revelation 14:13(KJV), “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them”. We are grateful for the life that Pastor Smith led, we are also truly grateful for the fellowship he fostered with us at True Witness over the years. Pastor Smith was faithful to his calling, and served with diligence and posture. May there be comfort today, in knowing that someone so special to your family and to this ministry at Bethel United will never be forgotten. May God, knowing your sorrow, bring peace, comfort, and healing to your souls. Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of Pastor Smith. Our heart and prayers are with you as you forge ahead in this Christian journey. Be not dismayed whatever betide remember “God Will Take Care of You”. Be Encouraged Family! Bishop H. J. McKoy, Pastor E. Paul & Sandra McKoy The True Witness Apostolic Church Family
A Tribute to Pastor Carlton Smith
My sincere condolences to Evangelist Cinderella Smith and the entire family of the late, Pastor Carlton Smith, someone with whom I have been closely associated for many years. I can truly say that the Church has lost a great stalwart of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that heaven has gained a precious jewel. I have been personally touched and deeply inspired by the outstanding goodly characteristics displayed by this man of God. Pastor Smith exuded a sincere level of humility which exemplified godliness. His warm, pleasing personality, his kindness and the fact that he was such a great source of inspiration to others through his dynamic sermons will leave a vacuum not easy to be filled. I deeply regret his passing. Pastor Winsome Young The Original Apostolic Church, Inc.
Holy greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus!
It is with sadness of heart, but joy and comfort that I write this tribute. It is sad to lose a dear friend, a man of God; however it is comforting to know that Pastor Carlton Smith. I met Pastor Smith over 35 years ago at Shiloh Apostolic Church in Newton, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica W.I. he has never changed from his steadfastness; As a teacher â€“ preacher of rightness, he held to the values of this great salvation. He was a humble servant of God who always pursued peace. Elder Smith was a gift from heaven to the body of Christ. The church has lost a good man, but prayer is that we will reflect upon and carry out the values for which he stood. Well done Pastor Smith! As we mourn the loss of the man of God, let us remember that God has not willing afflicted our souls with grief but He brings comfort in these trying times. My prayers are that the good Lord will bless and strengthen us as we continue to do His will, knowing this that our labor is not in vain. Rest well friend! You ran well, finished your journey and your reward is sure. Pastor H.G Carpenter First United COJC (Apostolic) Kissimmee, Florida
Dear Evangelist Cindy Smith and the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic):
Pastor Carlton H. Smith A man of courage and humility
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
We are praising God for the opportunity to have been associated with one of His most devout child. A true disciple of the Word, and a humble, servant of God, his life was a true reflection of the Scriptures. This humble demeanor did not minimize his passion when imparting the word of God, through teaching or preaching. He truly believed that God has the last say on every situation and that He has provided guidance for every area of our lives.
In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV), the Apostle Paul consoles the brethren by affirming that, “ Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” On behalf of the Mount Zion Apostolic Church – Toronto, we would like to express our heartfelt condolence to Evangelist Cindy Smith, Smith family and the entire Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) family during this time of bereavement and transition. Clearly, this has certainly been a season of tremendous transitions as we witness the divine elevation of so many of the founding fathers and stalwarts of the Apostolic Faith. Pastor Carlton Smith, like so many others, has been summoned to higher service. There can be no denying that Pastor Smith epitomized a life devoted completely to the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Smith’s committed service in Kingdom building has certainly left indelibly imprinted on the Fort Lauderdale landscape and his leadership has touched so many. Pastor Smith has “fought a good fight and kept the faith.” Revelation 14:13 encourages us this way, “blessed are the dead which die in the Lord henceforth... that they may rest from their labour; and their works do follow them.” It is our since prayer that the Lord would continue to uphold and strengthening the Smith family and the Bethel United Church family during this time bereavement. May the peace of God which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). Yours in the Master’s Service, Dr. L. C. Cawley Senior Pastor
No-one could speak to Pastor Smith about any issue, without being referred to the Bible. He stood on the Word, lived by its precepts and imparted its wisdom with alacrity. Blessed with a great sense of humor and a desire to bring joy to those around him, Pastor Smith could bring a smile to your face simply by calling your name. Passionate, firm, methodical, conservative, articulate and approachable, he was always ready to listen. He listened to understand and sometimes with only a smile, would let you know it was going to be alright. His courage to do the right thing was evident in the way he conducted himself. His humility did not allow for self-promotion and his gracious attitude always allowed others to lift him up. His desire to please God has caused him to raise a standard that is to be exemplified and has left a legacy to that is to be treasured. His spirituality, faithfulness to the gospel, and integrity as pastor and leader, is nothing short of admirable. We can truly say that He fought a good fight. He kept the faith and has gone on to receive the victor’s crown. Let us carry on his legacy by continuing to stand on the foundation of the word of God. Pastors Drs. Desmond & Marlene Murray and the Saints Pentecostal Gospel Temple Ministries, Margate, FL
BALM’S Tribute to the life and Legacy of Pastor Carlton Smith Heartfelt greetings to Sister Cinderella Smith, children, other family members, our beloved brethren of Bethel United Church, Fort Lauderdale and to the entire International Apostolic Church community! Your brothers and sisters of Bethel Abundant Life Apostolic Church, in Palm Bay, under the leadership of Pastor Valvern Wittock, join in expressing wholehearted condolences on the passing of our dearly beloved Pastor Carlton Smith. As we celebrate the legacy and life of a beloved father, husband, brother, pastor and friend, we are bound to give God thanks for his goodness and mercies for lending him to us. His passing will certainly leave a vacuum because of the loss of one who has positively influenced the lives of so many. We have benefited from his ministry because at a time when our church needed help during Pastor Wittock’s illness, Pastor Smith unhesitantly sent one of his young aspiring ministers, Paul Hamilton and his family to support the work. This selfless act has resulted in the continued growth of our church as well as that of Minister Paul Hamilton. Grit, grace, humility and consistency are but few of the characteristics displayed by Pastor Carlton Smith; certainly not by sudden flight, but while others slept, he was toiling upward on his knees, through the night. Hence, over the years, having kept the faith and now faithfully finished the course, we have no doubt that he has gone to receive his crown of righteousness. To the family and friends of Pastor Smith, we encourage you with these words: “Earth’s loss is heaven’s gain”. We also admonish the saints of Bethel, to stand for the faith that Pastor Smith was careful to maintain and keep. On our part, we at Bethel Abundant Life Apostolic Church will draw from the legacy of this dedicated stalwart of the apostolic faith, which he has graciously bequeathed us and we further pledge our continued support to the saints here at Bethel! God bless you all - The Family of Bethel Abundant Life Apostolic Church!
We the saints and brethren of Noah’s Ark Prayer Room (Apostolic Faith) in Christ are sadden and deeply mourn the loss of our dear Elder Smith. He is and will always be remembered as a Pastor, Elder, Friend, Mentor, Father in the Faith, Minister and Soldier of the Cross. He will be remembered as a good example of dedication and humility to the work he was called to do. He truly was a Good Shepherd to the flock he pastored and will always be remembered. Elder Smith was a friend of Noah’s Ark Prayer Room (Apostolic Faith), for 30 years. He will always be dear in our hearts and has left memories and legacy with us that will never be forgotten. We the saints of Noah’s Ark Prayer Room (Apostolic Faith) salute him and know that he will forever be with the Lord. God Bless Pastor Donavan Clarke Noah’s Ark Prayer Room Apostolic Church
To Evangelist Cindy Smith and the Smith Family We know that you are grieving at the loss of a great stalwart of Oneness Apostolic Church. Evangelist Gayle and the saints of Lighthouse Apostolic Church join me in sending our heartfelt condolences with the assurance that we are praying for your sustenance during this time of bereavement. Please be reminded that Paul assured us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord and he found himself in a bind whether to stay or to go. Pastor Carlton Smith lived an exampled life in his sojourn with us and we are confident that He who started a good thing in him is able to finish it to the end. His leaving us is a great advantage for him because he is now resting in Paradise with the spirits of just made perfect. The family should therefore be rejoicing that he has crossed the great divide and is now dwelling in Beulah land. Pastor Smith has left us an example of how the saints must live in hope of reaping eternal life And his display of God-like qualities will live in our spirits forever. He was a great solider who stood at his post until he heard the call to come up higher. What a great Apostolic life! God continue to bless you and strengthen you in your loss and heavenâ€™s gain Pastor Ernest Gayle Lighthouse Apostolic Church Queens, NY
Pastor Smith’s Children Speak
My mind knows that you are in a better place and that you are at peace where there is no more pain. I just wish I could explain that information to my heart. I will know that my heart is starting to heal when I am able to recall memories and not have such a heavy heart. Dad, I will always remember the special conversation we shared with that special smile of yours and your caring heart you always gave me. I will miss hearing you say “Beth” your special nickname for me. All the times when we spoke and I had asked how you are doing, you would reply, “not the best but among the rest.” And always ending our telephone conversations with you telling me, “I love you baby.” I think most of all I will miss sitting across from you on the dinner table watching you eat, talking and laughing together whenever you would visit me. As I sit here reminiscing, I remember being a young child growing up and suffering from asthma. Whenever I would have an attack, you would come and scoop me up, throw me in the air so that could catch my breath again, and not once did I fall because you were always there to catch me. I know that I am an adult now but sometimes I do stumble, which leaves me wondering who will catch me before I fall now that you are gone? Dad, goodbye may seem forever, farewell is like the end but in my heart is the memories and there you will always be.
I will love you always, Yvette Spiritual, strong-willed, funny, humble, and loving are the words we use to describe you. I say use and not used because even though you are not physically here, you will always be with us in spirit. As one of you many grandchildren, I can speak for everyone when I say this, we were loved. We all fought to be your favorite but you never treated any one different from the other. I will miss the funny wiggle you did with your ears, your sense of humor, hearing you call me grandbaby and dumplings will always be ‘dumtings’ because you always make them when you know that we were coming to see you. But most of all gramps, I will miss hearing your voice and being able to say, I’m coming to visit! Memories are how we will remember you now. It’s not goodbye it’s simply see you later. Watch over and protect us as we continue on this journey we call life. Always guide us through the darkness to see the light. I will love you always, Jody.
I would tell you about my dad, if only I knew where to start. Some people don’t believe in heroes but they haven’t met my dad. My dad was a God-fearing, hardworking, loving and caring person. He was kind, unpurchaseable, and clean in heart, body and mind. Financially, he wasn’t rich but I felt like a millionaire with his love and nurturing. “Papa” as we called him, was a family oriented person. He would go to work and no matter how little we had, we would have to wait until he got home “No matter how late” because we all had to sit at the dining table and eat together. As kids, we would always leave the meat for last and papa would jokingly say “Did you see that” and by the time we look away he would take a piece of meat from our plate. My dad was a disciplinarian, Oh yes he was!! “If only my kids believe”. In their eyes he’s “golden and too quiet”. As a child, I couldn’t understand why he was so strict but as I got older I realized that he only wanted what was best for us. He taught us the value of hard work, good judgement, courage, and integrity. He had his short-comings but of course “he was human”. They say there’s no such thing as perfect but in my eyes he was. Papa was a very humble individual. Material things were irrelevant to him, as he would say “You can’t carry it to the grave with you”. As impassive as he was, all that thrilled his soul was Jesus. Nothing or no one could let him get to church late. As soon as he was ready for church, he would say to my mom “Mercy, are you ready” and if she wasn’t ready,” he’s gone”. Even in his last few weeks, he was too weak to sit up for a long period but he still wanted to go to church in his wheel-chair because he wanted to worship with the other brethren. If you ask me, I think he was too honest, as kids we weren’t allowed to pick our neighbors fruit without asking or accepting things that weren’t an honest transaction. He would say “the receiver is as bad as the rogue”. He took his matrimonial vows very seriously “for better or worst”. I remember when my mom got sick; he did everything for her, until she took her last breath in his arms. Oh dad, how I’m going to miss the way you said “Mi Dawta”? I will miss your laughter, your smile, your great sense of humor, and especially the way you moved your forehead. Papa, I hope you can hear me, so I can let you know that you were and will forever be my superhero. So please, go be at rest in your father’s mansion and know to me, you were always the best. I love you so much and will forever miss you. “Dawta” Verica Smith
Carlton Smith, a Pastor to many but I’ve had the privilege to call him my Grandpa. Everyone who has been in contact with him knows he was an exceptional man. Not only was he handsome, he had a heart of GOLD and a brilliant mind to top it all. The list of amazing words to describe him is endless, but just to name a few he was one of the most loving, selfless, humorous & respectful human beings to have graced this Earth. For 83 years my grandfather unfailingly epitomized love, proving everyday what a loving father, husband, grandpa, pastor and friend looked like. As a father and a husband, he worked hard to provide for his family. My mother and her siblings watched him work multiple jobs, allowing their mother, Mercella, to stay at home with them. Together not only did they take care of their children, they took care of one another. As the older brother to his sisters, he was a leader and a protector. This role later grew when he became a pastor, loving his church and the members. I’ve heard stories of how he was a confidant for members in their time of need to the point where he was considered family. He took pride in being in the church since he was a teen; his passion for singing turned to preaching the word of God all over. He was known as a very respectable pastor and it has always been a pleasure to visit and hear him preach. One of my most memorable moments with him in church was his sermon on the importance of forgiving. He stated the scripture “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32). This stuck with me ever since and because of him I truly know what it means to forgive. You see, a grandparent is there to teach us things and spoil us in ways our parents won’t. They have endured plenty but yet remain positive and wise, allowing you to look at them as heroes. Grandpa in fact expressed an act of heroism one night when I saw a dead lizard. I screamed for him and in the room he came to the rescue, picking it up. That very next morning I woke up to him making his infamous dumplings or as he called it “dumtings” with ackee & saltfish, one of my favorite dishes. Oh yes! He was an excellent cook, a man of many trades! The two of us sat, ate and shared some of the best laughs to date. Those simple acts of love are what mattered the most. A man as loving and humble as my grandfather surely will never be forgotten. He was extremely selfless, willing to give his all to his loved ones because he knew all his treasures were in heaven. As the Bible says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21). All my life, I have never seen him stressed over anything materialistic because his true riches were in heaven. The material things of this world could never measure up to his love for God, his family, and friends. Like most, he had his good and bad days but he was entirely grateful for all the days he lived with us. On his not so best days, he remained positive telling us “I’m not the best but among the rest.” In June he professed his appreciation for the life God gave him stating to me the scripture, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Psalms 90:10). Four months later, on October 14th, 2017, he flew away. Although we may have lost him in the flesh, our memories and love shared will always live in our hearts. It has been a blessing to always make you laugh and I’ll miss you calling to check up on your grand baby. Grandpa, you will be missed by all but as you said, “My home is in heaven.” So it’s bittersweet to know you are well rested at home, but we’ll smile to know your new journey has begun. Love Always – Your Domo. Dominique’s Cooks
The best things in life are the people you love, the places you’ve seen and the memories made along the way. My grandfather was a kind hearted man with a great sense of humor. One day while visiting my grandpa for his 80th birthday, my cousins and I decided to play hide and seek. When it was my turn to hide, I chose the closet but that didn’t turn out so well. While I was exiting the closet, my foot somehow got caught in a piece of clothing and down came the clothing rod. Thinking he would be upset, we told my older cousin, but when grandpa found out, he just laughed and didn’t even raise an eyebrow. His main concern was whether my cousins and I were okay. On the plus side, the next day my uncles made him a brand new closet. During my last visit to see him, I remember every time I called out to him, he would sit with his eyes closed pretending to sleep. As soon as I started to walk away he would shout “Sade... I got you!” and we would both burst out in laughter. Those are the moments that I will treasure forever. However the hard part about all of this isn’t losing him and saying goodbye, it’s learning how to live without him even though he will always be in my heart. It will be heartbreaking to no longer see him again but it’s also very hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember. I cried the night he passed, and I still cry today. Although I love you dearly, I couldn’t make you stay. Your golden heart stopped beating, and your hard-working hands are at rest, but at least I know now God has one of the best. Grandpa, I will miss your smile, voice, jokes and the love that we shared. I’ll even miss the sugar cane and mangoes you always made sure I got. So I want to say thank you for making my childhood unforgettable. I will forever cherish our good times. I LOVE YOU GRANDPA – Sade Lyn, Granddaughter
Grandpa, as you already know, I’m not much of a talker but I could not just sit and have all the girls share their memories of you without letting you know how I feel. Grandpa, I am so very fortunate to have known such a great man. Even luckier to have loved, respected and admired the man that is my Grandpa. You were my Grandpa for 26 years and for all those years not once did you yell or scream at me. You were always pleasant, always smiling, always humming something. But most of all you were kind, generous and treated people with love and respect. I always look forward to your yearly visits during the summer times even though I know that means giving up my room and sleeping downstairs on a blow up bed but that was alright with me because I loved hanging out with you. Watching some of those crazy TV shows with you and hear you say “That’s rubbish, TV lie.” Loved hearing you call me and say “come here me grandson, come and make grandpa a cup of tea and give me two of those cinnamon crackers. I loved that you were such a good father to my mom. We all have so much to be grateful to you for. Thank you for your love of life so generously shared, for your acceptance, gentleness, softness and strength and for all the laughter, stories and great conversations. Grandpa, you were the perfect gentleman. Love always, Davian
To Evangelist H Smith, the family and the Bethel Fort Lauderdale Church family. On behalf of the Bethel United Gibson Road Church family, it is with heartfelt sadness that we write to convey our condolences to you on the loss of your beloved husband, father and pastor. Elder Smith served the church faithfully over the many years, even during those times when his health kept him away. But God saw that his work here was complete and so it pleased the Lord to called him home, saying “rest from your labours my child”. As a soldier Elder Smith stood for the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ; now we can all say Elder Smith “you have fought a good fight, you have finished your course, you kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for you a crown of righteousness “ 2 Timothy 4:7
Evangelist Smith and family you have lost your husband and father but never lose hope that God will take care of you. So, to the church family keep the faith as you stand together. Know this, that God is still in charge and he will never leave you or forsake you. Elder Smith, Rest in Peace, Yours in the Master’s service, Bethel United Church family Gibson Road, Birmingham, England
A True Hero What makes a man a hero? I’ve often thought this through. It’s someone who is macho? It’s someone who is true? No, that is not a hero. He’s just a simple man. Always there when things go wrong and who does the best he can.
He lends a strong shoulder To ease the flow of tears He holds high the lantern To drive away your fears.
His smile was just enough To give encouragement. His frown more than adequate To make one soon relent. When some had need of guidance His ears he’d freely lend Advice came in abundance You chose, not him could you offend.
He had no need of medals Or glory this is true. That’s why, dear Grandpa Our hero has to be you.
Pallbearers Delroy Smith Zethro Smith Dwayne Smith Hugh Smith Everton Moore Dean Crooks
Andrew Henry Toussaint Lyn Davian Crooks Jonathan Watt Dashawn Smith Swainson Smith
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We are humbled by the outpouring of sympathy received. These expressions assure us that our beloved Pastor Carlton Smith is worthy of the accolades showered upon him. For all the unselfish love and affections we are truly appreciation; those who called, e-mailed, send tributes, flowers, visited, send cards, spoke a kind word, we are truly grateful. Please continue to uphold us in your prayers as we deal with the emptiness of losing one so precious. We remain forever grateful for your support. Lovingly submitted, The family
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Published on Nov 14, 2017