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October 15, 2018

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October 1, 2018
I remember Bill with great admiration and respect from his earliest days serving as the pastor of Crossroads United Methodist Church. In fact, I was a member of his first confirmation class, which was held at Simis Grade School in 1958 before Crossroads Church was built. He was consistently gentle and soft-spoken and a joy to be with. I did not know (as was stated in his obituary) that he was born on April 5, my parents (Murray and Martha Whitmire) wedding anniversary as well as my wife's and my wedding anniversary, and our oldest grandson's birthday. What poignant coincidences. Finally, Bill will be long remembered for the profound and effective role he played in the ecumenical and social service work and leadership he provided in the Valley. He did not, and does not have, an equal. Drs. Jane and Marshall Whitmire
September 21, 2018
I was sorry to hear of the passing of Reverend Smith. I had worked with him on numerous occasions at Green Acres in Scottsdale. He was pleasant and always a joy to be around. God bless your family. You will be sorely missed but never forgotten!
September 14, 2018
Rev Smith a k a Bill had a large presence in our family's lives. From baptisms to youth groups to weddings to last year's funeral for my Dad's cousin Margaret, he was there as a guiding light. But besides a physical presence, he also had a spiritual presence. Unknowing to us youth, he introduced us to equality. He made sermons interesting by using Peanuts cartoons while delivering God's word. He showed us what a great example Jesus was. And he introduced us to humanity. Our love and prayers go out to his family as we celebrate Bill's life.
September 14, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.