Rev. Dr. William C Smith Jr
Dear Winnie and family,
I just learned about Bill's homegoing. In my mind I can still hear him singing "I am bound for the promised land", "Lift High the Cross", and other great hymns of faith and promise.
He loved his dear Winnie and was so proud of his children and grandchildren. He was also proud to be an American, and worked hard to support the values of personal freedom for those who would follow in his footsteps.
It was my privilege to know and work with him at CUCC. He was a true pastor and shepherd who cared deeply for his flock. One almost always knew where Bill Smith was by his wonderful laugh. He could comfort the hurting soul and give hope to the depressed in his very individual way.
He was a man of great courage and vision who challenged all of us to be true and faithful to our Lord and Savior. I am honored to have known him.
Dear Winnie, Greg and Winnie,
I am Alex Johnson's mother...Greg,.the Alex from Boy Scout days in Richmond. I have lived in a retirement home in Chapel Hill for 18 years(Carolina Meadows) and read the News and Observer. I called Alex in Columbus Ohio this morning and he joins me in sending concern for your loss.
When I first moved here there were 2 Greg Smith's living in Durham....called each of them....they said no they had never lived in Richmond.....so we gave up on reaching you Greg.
Alex is still in touch with Artie McGraw, William Rusher and others in that troup. In fact when Alex's father,Glenn, died 10 years ago yesterday they came to our service for him here in Chapel Hill. So our family..all of us... have empathy for all of you.
Winnie, I think one of the girls was your age. Catherine and Elizabeth are in Manhattan; Rebecca is in Delaware.
Know that our prayers will be with each of you in the family.....trust we will be in touch personally some day. We remember our friendship with your family so long ago.....Love as ever....Lucie Johnson
Dear Winnie and Family, When I was contemplating ministry and moving to NC, Bob McClernon suggested that I phone and talk with Bill Smith about Watts Street Baptist Church. I made that call and received a warm welcome in addition to assurances that Durham and Watts St would be a fine place to live and minister. Bill was correct! I extend my prayers that God's love and light surround and keep you as you mourn Bill's death. Blessings, Dick Chorley
Thoughts and prayers are with each family member as you grieve the death of your dear husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and uncle. We trust your faith in God, good memories and the love and support of each other and friends will be sources of comfort in the days ahead. We remember fondly your days in Raleigh and were blessed by your friendship at First Baptist Church and particularly our SS class.
Max and Doris Baldwin
Dr. Smith was the dearest man, so kind, so sincere. I remember how appreciative he was of my music at the old Pleasant Ridge United Church of Christ and his beautiful voice singing out above everyone on the old hymns. I feel blessed to have known such a wonderful man.