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Dr. W. Lindsay Smith III

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Dr. W. Lindsay Smith III


Dr. W. Lindsay Smith, III, 96, of Greenville, S.C., son of the late W. Lindsay Smith, Jr. and the late Margaret R. Smith, died on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

Dr. Smith was a native of Greenville and earned his BA from Furman University. He later earned his Master's and Doctor of Sacred Music degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Dr. Smith served as Professor of Music and organist at Furman University for a period of 38 years. During his tenure at Furman, he served an extended term as Chairman of the Music Department and one term as Chairman of the University faculty. He was a member of First Baptist Church - Greenville.

Concurrently with his tenure at Furman, Dr. Smith also held church music positions in Greenville, first for 18 years at Christ Episcopal Church and later for 25 years at Trinity Lutheran Church. A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, he was an initial organizer of the Greenville chapter and later became South Carolina chairman.

Over the years, Dr. Smith gave frequent organ recitals, both locally and nationally. He assisted many churches in the Greenville area in their selection and acquisitions of their current pipe organs. Many of his organ students at Furman have gone on to obtain and hold positions as organists at prominent churches across the nation.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte R. Smith, by son W. Lindsay Smith IV and his wife Julie Smith of Greenville, by daughter Elizabeth Reed Smith and her husband Harlan Smith of Huntington, West Virginia, by a sister, Elizabeth S. Alford of Charlottesville, VA, and by grandsons Alan Smith of Denver, CO and Ellison Smith of Greenville.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at First Baptist Church - Greenville, 847 Cleveland Street, with Dr. Baxter Wynn presiding. Visitation will precede the service in the narthex of the sanctuary beginning at 1:00.

A private burial will take place in Springwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Guild of Organists, 10 North Church Street, Greenville, SC 29601, or to the Department of Music, Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613.

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Published in The Greenville News from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2012
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