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Rev Charles Betts Smith

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Rev Charles Betts Smith

  • Birth 14 Oct 1858 Lee County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 22 Dec 1943 Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial Bishopville, Lee County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 86241705

Son of Rev. William H. and Mary Isabella McLeod Smith. Charles married Mary E. Moorer on December 22, 1986.

"No truer man ever entered the South Carolina Conference than Charles Betts Smith. Coming from such a home as he came from, and with such parents as he had, it would have been difficult for him to have been otherwise than a good, true man. He is the son of Rev. William H. Smith, one of the noblest local preachers Methodism ever produced, and Mrs. Mary I. Smith, as good a woman as ever lived.

The subject of this sketch was born near Lynchburg, S. C, October 14, 1858. He has had splendid educational advantages. His primary and preparatory training was received in the excellent schools maintained in. the community where he was born, these schools being largely supplied by his father, who ever manifested the deepest interest in the subject of education, not only for his own children, but for the community as well. After the training received here, "Charlie" studied one year under his brother, Rev. A. Coke Smith, at Greenville, S. C. He then spent three years at Wofford College, where he made a fine record. But these years at school and college only marked the beginning of his education. He has been a diligent student ever since, and is one of our most thoughtful men.

From a very early age, Brother Smith felt called to preach, and this impression made by the Divine Spirit deepened as the years passed until it became a settled conviction. He was licensed to preach in the year 1882. at Lynchburg, S. C, Rev. George H. Wells being his pastor, and Rev. Thos. G. Herbert being the Presiding Elder.

He joined the Conference in December, 1882, with John W. Elkins and J. D. Frierson. He has served as follows: Summerville, 1883; Clarendon Circuit. 1884; Kingstree Station. 1885; Marion Street, Columbia. 1886: Bamberg, 1887-8; Anderson Station, 1889- 92; Orangeburg Station, 1893-4; financial agent and professor at Wofford College, 1895-8: Darlington Station, 1899-1900; Bennettsville Station, 1901. In all of these fields of labor our good brother has had success, in some of them unusual success.

As a pastor, Brother Smith is very popular. He loves men, and loves to be with them. He sympathizes with them in their struggles, and they in return love and adore him. He has about him a great deal of personal magnetism, and men are naturally drawn to him. He is a preacher of rare ability. He thinks deeply and expresses his thoughts clearly and forcibly. His sermons are prepared with great care and are delivered with much power and effectiveness.

Brother Smith was exceedingly fortunate in the selection of a wife. He married Miss Mary E. Moorer, of St. George. S. C, who has proven a helpmeet indeed. They have four children: Pinckney, William, Mary and an infant not yet named." - "Twentieth century sketches of the South Carolina Conference, M.E. Church, South"


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  • Created by: robin pellicci moore
  • Added: 4 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86241705
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Charles Betts Smith (14 Oct 1858–22 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86241705, citing Saint Lukes Cemetery, Bishopville, Lee County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by robin pellicci moore (contributor 46903322) .