June 28, 1886 - November 15, 1950
|Claude Karlos SmIth was born in Cleveland County, North Carolina, June 28, 1886, and died November 15, 1950. June 13, 1919 he was happily married to Miss Zoo E. McDuff of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, who, with two children, Jane Elizabeth and Claude Karlos, Jr., survive him.
Brother Smith was admitted on trial in the Louisiana Conference at Shreveport in 1922, admitted into full connection at Crowley in 1924, ordained an elder in 1926 by Bishop W. A. Candler. Because of ill health he was superannuated in Shreveport May 31, 1949.
Brother Smith served the following appointments: Pineville, Crowley, Tallulah, West Monroe, Mangum Memorial, Franklin, Mansfield.
Brother Smith was greatly beloved by the people to whom he ministered, for he had a true pastor’s heart and found joy in sharing the troubles and, sorrows of those about him, many of whom were not even members of his Church. Possessed of a remarkable native ability he developed into a splendid gospel preacher whom the people heard with delight and edification. The spirit of. evangelism permeated his whole being and he was at his best in revival meetings. He loved to see people saved. As a result, many people were brought into the kingdom under his ministry and the Churches, which he served prospered in every way.
Brother Smith was buried at Foley, Alabama, with Rev. Roy Johns and Rev. E. C. Gunn officiating at his funeral.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 172-173, 1951 by F. M. Freeman|