Keith Cornell Smith

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Bishop Keith Cornell Smith
SPARTANBURG, SC-- Bishop Keith Cornell Smith, 48, of 364 Kennesaw Court, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. A native of Cleveland, MS, he was the son of the late Ruben Smith, Sr. and Frances Richardson Smith.
Bishop Smith preached his first sermon at the age of 10 at the United Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, Mississippi on Christmas Day 1974. He was later ordained by Revered Sammie Rash on January 12, 1975. Prior to his death he was the Founder and Senior Pastor of Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Bible Church in Spartanburg, SC for 10 years.
Survivors include his wife, Gytanna Ellis Smith; one daughter, Jenesha Ellis of the home; four sons, Dennis Dawkins (Bridgette) of Boiling Springs, SC, Vincent Elliott (Shante) of Forest City, NC, Deshaun Battle and Brandon Ellis of Spartanburg, SC; three sisters, Norma D. Petway of Durham, NC, Edith Carol Smith (Gregory) of Southaven, MS, and Jacklyne Faye Hubbard of Virginia Beach, VA; two brothers, Ruben Smith, Jr.(Patricia) of Cleveland, MS and Glenn D. Smith (Lawanda) of Spartanburg, SC; seven grandchildren; an aunt, Ernestine Wells (Sherman) of Chicago, IL; mother-in-law, Rosa Mae Ellis of Gaffney, SC, sister-in-law, Marva E. Davis (William); and brother-in-law, Frederick Ellis (Phyllis) of Gaffney, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held 12:00PM Saturday, May 11 and a "Service of Victory and Triumph" will also be held on Friday, May 10 at 5:45PM. Both services will be held at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 700 Converse Street. In addition, his body will lie in state Friday, May 10 12:00PM until 4:00PM at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Bible Church, 570 Magnolia Street in Spartanburg, SC.
In lieu of flowers, make contributions to the Bishop Keith C. Smith Memorial Scholarship, c/o Carolina Alliance Bank, 200 S. Church Street. Interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.firstfamilyfunerals.com.
Sacred Arrangements entrusted to First Family Funeral Home.

Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from May 2 to May 6, 2013
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