Preacher – Pastor Roy H. Smith, of Summerville, GA, went to his heavenly homeon Thursday May 8th. He was born in Powder Spring, GA June 29, 1922 to the late George Harrison and ANgie Smith. He was saved by the marvelous grace of God, after hearing Bro. Jesse Henley preach on the radio, on a cold Satuday morning in February of 1938. He was called to preach in 1940 at the age of 17 and had been faithful to preach the Gospel since that time. Bro. Roy served as the pastor of over 16 churches, one of which he felt compelled by God to constitute in Paulding County, GA. He was known as the Compassionate Country Preacher. Preacher Smith was preceded in death by four sisters; Vinnie and Nennie Smith, Vada Wingate, Eunia Lee Puckett. Four Brothers: Earl, Hoke, Luke and Joe Smith.
He is survived by his family of which there are eight preachers and eight pianist; his wife Cornelia of 61 years of marriage, one daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Allen Grimes of Aragon, GA; four sons and daughters-in-law: Samuel and Joyce Smith of Piedmont, AL, David and Loretta Smith of Rome, GA, Pastor Joel and Karen Smith of Summerville, and Timothy and Martha Ann Smith of Trion. Eleven grandchildren, Sharon Grimes Weaver, Anna Grimes Hamby, Shad Smith, Crystal Smith, Jonathan Smith, Michael Smith, Daniel Smith, Elisabeth Smith Mitchell, Laura Smith Tomlin, Megan Smith, Emil Smith Tomlinand 16 great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.
The home going celebration will be on Monday May 12th at his home church, The Rome Baptist Temple with his pastor Dr. Billy Goolseby and Pastor Joel Smith officiating. Intement will be in the Aragon Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers will be all pastor and preacher friends. His earthly tabernacle will be in state at the Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in Summerville on Saturday May 10th where the family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM. Bro Roy will also be in state Monday from 12 noon until service time at the Rome Baptist Temple. In lieu of flowers the family request contributions to The Upward Look P.O. Box 242 Summerville, GA 30747 where the preaching and radio ministry will continue. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.