Clinton Smith, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017. He was born
in Sabine County, Texas on August 30, 1926, the son of Benjamin E. and Ima
Arthur Smith. Ben married Laura Jean
Gill on June 3, 1950 in Houston, Texas. Ben proudly served his country during
World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a Baptist minister for over 50
years and served as pastor at Geneva Baptist Church, Geneva, Texas; North
Baptist Church (now The Church at River Oaks), Greenville; Oak Crest Baptist
Church , Dallas; First Baptist Church, Campbell and Faith Baptist Church, Quinlan. He also served as interim pastor for several
churches after he retired from full-time ministry. He and Laura enjoyed
traveling, especially in their RV to Mountain View, Arkansas. Ben was a member of Highland Terrace Baptist
graduated from Hemphill High School, East Texas Baptist College (now
University), and was in the first graduation class from Criswell Bible
Institute of Dallas. His student pastorates were First Baptist Church of
Monkstown, Texas; Aimwell Baptist Church, Zwolle, Louisiana; as well as
Riverside Chapel, a mission of First Baptist Church, Shreveport.
was also privilege to participate in mission work in El Indio, Texas; Louisiana
mission ministry; New Mexico; California, and both Cuiaba and Rondonopolis,
became pastor of the Shady Grove Campground in Mountain View, Arkansas,
whenever he and Laura were in attendance, from 2000-2011. Soon after, health
issues caused Ben to be placed in The Legend Health Care in Greenville.
survived by his wife, Laura, of almost 67 years and their four children: Clinta
Price and husband Tim; Dwain Smith and wife Denise; Jo Roddy and husband Jim;
and Lewis Smith and wife Patty. He is
also survived by ten grandchildren Ben Price and wife Carrie; Jeff Price and
wife Maria; Jenny Elmi and husband Chris; Leslie Taylor and husband Jeremy;
Stacy McCarthy and husband Russell; Thomas, Katharine and Elizabeth Smith; and
Rachel and Rebecca Smith; seven great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Robert
Rainoshek; nephews, Richard Rainoshek and Kenneth Rainoshek; and niece, Pam Compton,
husband, Barry and daughter, Laurie.
was predeceased by his parents and half-brother, Ramsey Smith and nephew, Glen
family would like to thank the staff of The Legend for their care for Ben over
the past few years.
Services will be held 2 P.M., Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Coker Mathews Funeral
Home Chapel with Rev. Royce Litchfield and Rev. Bob Layman officiating. Interment will follow the service at
Memoryland Memorial Park. The family will
receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time.