|The Reverend Bernard R. Smith was born March 20, 1926 in England and grew up in Sierra Leone, Africa. He went to High School in Liberia, and majored in education at the University of Liberia. He received his seminary education in England. In 1955, Bernard came to America on a scholarship to study at Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn., where he majored in psychology. It was here that he met and married his wife, Myrtle.
Ordained by the late Bishop Willis J. King, “Smitty” had a successful ministry in the Louisiana Conference. He was really a team player in matters concerning district and conference program. His deep dedication caused him to often ride the bus “Big Red” to attend district functions, including meetings, study groups and continuing education events.
Bernard possessed a profound and abiding love and concern for young people. Most of his adult life was devoted to helping youth in the areas of religion and education. Oftentimes, he went throughout the community and various agencies in the New Orleans metropolitan area to solicit donations for needy and deserving students desiring to attend college. He also gave assistance to some students already enrolled in college. The young people in the churches he served could always depend on his fatherly help and concern. Overall, he was a most dedicated and successful pastor.
Brother Smith passed from labor to reward on July 27, 1986. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Dr. Myrtle Smith, one son, Michael, and many former members and friends who have initiated a scholarship fund in his memory.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1987; p. 326 By Moses T. Jackson|