Henry Hershell Smith Jr born November 18, 1939 went to his Eternal home on October 13, 2020 at the age of 80. He succumbed to a short but hard fight with Covid at Baylor Hospital.
He was born and raised in the Cedarvale community of Kaufman Texas to Henry Hershell Smith Sr and Gracie Florene Glenn Smith. He is the eldest to 16 siblings. He married the Love of his life, Rosilee Phileta Nelson, at the age of 16, on November 4, 1956. This November 4th would have been their 64th wedding anniversary. He surrendered to the ministry at the young age of 19 under the leadership of Tommy Cockerham. He pastored his first church at Oak Hill Bible Baptist Church in Kleberg, at the age of 20. He went on to pastor 5 different churches in his ministry life span. He was the current pastor of Tolosa Baptist Church in Tolosa-(Kemp) Tx.
He is survived by his wife, Phileta Smith, 5 children, Hershell Ray Smith and wife Brenda, of Kemp, Tx, Donald Smith and wife Diane, of Moore Ok, Sharon Sankovich of Berryville Ar, Laura Cook and husband, David, of Kemp Tx, Philip Smith of Kemp Tx. And a surrogate son Austin Nelson Sr, and wife Nettie. He also leaves behind 13 Grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. He is survived also by 13 of his siblings – brothers Jerry & Judy; James & JoAnn : Sammy & Judith; David & Tina; Mac & Darla: Daryl : sisters – Nettie & Austin Nelson; Dot Bednar; Shirley Stamper; Vivian & Donny Vickery; Lillian & Roger Crawford; Mary & Billy Whitten; Helen Roberts . He leaves behind too many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews and cousins to list. He was preceded in death by His Parents and two sisters Gracie Smith and Beth Golightly. He was survived by numerous friends and relatives.
He was known as that little big mouth preacher. He always had a smile for anyone and never met a stranger. All who came in contact with him remember him for years, even if they didn’t see him again for a long time. He rarely frowned, and his goal in life was to share God’s love to everyone and make all who were down feel better. There was no room in his life for hate. He was the person others always called when they needed help, and he didn’t hesitate to come to their aide. He Loved the Lord, Loved Preaching God’s Word, Loved the Church. He enjoyed traveling across the United States and seeing God’s beautiful creation. He traveled to hear Good Gospel music and even met many artists along his travel, that also remember him fondly. But his favorite place to be was behind the pulpit and witnessing people come to salvation.
Memorial services are scheduled for October 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. It will be held at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church located at 7650 Fm 1388 Kaufman, TX 75142. Due to Covid, safety measures of social distancing and face coverings would be recommended, but not required. You can watch the live stream of the memorial service at http://fb4x.net/HershellSmithJr .
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