|Birth: ||Dec. 19, 1896|
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1974|
Longtime Methodist minister.
Article published in the Abilene Reporter-News on Tuesday morning, August 6, 1974:
Dr. Clyde Smith, Longtime
Minister, Succumbs at 77
Dr. H. Clyde Smith, 77, of 2942 S. 11th, suffered a sudden illness at his home Monday afternoon and was pronounced dead on arrival at 5:50 p.m. at Hendrick Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with Elmwood Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd.
Dr. Smith, a Methodist minister who served West Texas churches for almost half a century, retired only two weeks ago after nine years as executive director of Sears Memorial Methodist Center in Abilene.
Born Dec. 19, 1896 at Hughes Springs, he began his ministry in 1923 in East Texas before attending Southern Methodist University. He became a member of the conference in 1925 after completing his work at SMU, and married the former Velma Jameson at Silverton on Aug. 9, 1925.
Advancing through the clergy, he served many churches in West Texas and became district superintendent for the Abilene area in 1948. Smith was also superintendent of the Big Spring district from 1959 to 1965.
In a Reporter-New interview only two weeks before his death, Smith said he was most proud of having served as pastor of two churches twice, which he felt few clergymen had ever done.
Smith explained that he had been pastor of the Big Spring Methodist Church and the San Jacinto Methodist Church in Amarillo and served both churches on two separate occasions.
In 1965, Smith, although a semi-retired minister, became executive director during the creation of the Sears Memorial Methodist Center.
Starting with 10 residents, the home opened in 1966 and Smith and his wife, Velma, were actually among the first to live in the home, occupying a small room on the second floor.
He said, in the interview, that in the beginning he was skeptical about his new job and sometimes felt that he had been pushed into it.
"But when I got into it, I was fascinated by the work," Dr. Smith explained.
Dr. Smith had only just retired from his position at the Methodist home two weeks before his death. In that time, he had served as business manager and health officer for the home in most cases. He had also conducted religious services and gave a sermon every Sunday of his nine years at the home. In addition, Smith and his wife had agreed to remain in an advisory position until Oct. 15.
Besides his weekly sermons at the home, Dr. Smith attended St. Paul's Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Nita Crowder of 1510 Barrow, Mrs. E. E. Marvin of 3134 San Miguel and Mrs. Sid Carr of Limestone, Ma.; three sons, J. D. of Amarillo, Vernon of Hobbs, N. M. and Clyde Jr. of Monahans; one brother, Roy of Hughes Springs; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Obituary published in the Abilene Reporter-News on Wednesday morning, August 7, 1974:
H. Clyde Smith
Funeral services for Dr. H. Clyde Smith, 77, of 2942 S. 11th, a longtime area Methodist minister, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul United Methodist Church at 525 Beech.
Dr. Ira Williams, pastor and Tilden Armstrong, pastor of the First United Methodist Church at Albany, will officiate.
Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Dr. Smith was dead on arrival Monday afternoon at Hendrick Memorial Hospital here.
Pallbearers will be Rev. David W. Binkley, Truman Newman, Pete Martin, Ron Hamby, Dr. James Crutchfield and Jerry Wilson.
The family requests that remembrances be in the form of donations to the Sears Memorial Methodist Center at 3202 S. Willis.
Velma Eldora Jameson Smith (1904 - 1993)*
Elmwood Memorial Park
Plot: Garden Of Prayer: Section A, Row 38, Space 1
Created by: Dennis Alan Deel
Record added: Nov 03, 2010
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