The Rev. Charles Gilbert Smythers, 78, was born on March 16, 1934 and went to be with the Lord on Dec. 24, 2012.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Hattie Smythers; his brother, Nile; sister, Pearl Smith; sister-in- law, Faye Smythers; and brothers-in-law, Samuel Shupe, Jack Frazier and Walter Smith.
Survivors include his loving and dedicated wife of 53 years, Shelby Hurst Smythers; his three sons, Gary Smythers, Craig Smythers and wife, Kathy and Grant Smythers and wife, Wendy; sister, Helen and brother-in-law, R.J. Reynolds; several nieces and nephews; and four grandchildren, Andrew, Charles, Connor and Caden, who lovingly remember him as grandpa.
The Rev. Smythers was an educator in the Carroll County Public Schools for 41 years and was proud of the fact that he and his family had served the Carroll County school system for over 125 years. After retiring from education, he went into the Methodist ministry as an assistant pastor of his home church, Woodlawn United Methodist. He then served as interim pastor of several area churches and as pastor of Atkins United Methodist Church in Grayson County, retiring only when his health began failing.
He volunteered as chaplain for Mountain Valley Hospice, Twin County Hospice, Twin County Community Hospital and Golden Living Nursing Home. He considered his hospice experience to be one of his best accomplishments as a minister, because of the many lives he touched. He felt blessed and he found himself touched by the many people that were entering the last stages of their lives.
The funeral will be at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home in Hillsville at 11 a.m. today, Friday, Dec. 28 with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Church Cemetery immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Woodlawn United Methodist Church Construction Fund, P.O. Box 391, Woodlawn, Va., 24381.
A guestbook is available online at www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com.
Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home Chapel is serving the family.
Published in Galax Gazette from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2012