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Pastor W. Craig Smith


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Pastor W. Craig Smith Obituary
Pastor W. Craig Smith, 79, of 501 Tionesta Ave., Kane, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie following a brief illness.
Born June 25, 1938 at his family farm in Limestone Township, he was a son of the late William and Margaret McLaughlin Smith. On Sept. 22, 1988 at Kingsville United Methodist Church, he married Roberta "Bobi" Schrubb, and she survives.
Pastor Craig was the minister at both the Mt. Jewett and Hazel Hurst United Methodist churches. His ministry was his greatest passion.
Before being called to the Methodist ministry, he worked on the LEF&C Railroad for many years. He completed a course of study through the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C., graduating in 1998. He announced sporting events for The Hound radio station and earlier in life had been a square dance caller. He also had been active as an umpire in Little League. 
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Robin (Jeff) Courson of Lugoff, South Carolina and Rhonda (Arne) Johnson of Pittsfield; two sons, Steve (Denise) Blint and Doug (Julie) Blint, both of Kane; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl (Greg) Furlong of Summerville; a brother, W. Eugene (Connie) Smith of Strattanville; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Craig W. Smith and Martin Scott Smith; and his stepfather, Harry Love.
Funeral services for Pastor W. Craig Smith will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 112 Greeves St., Kane, with Rev. Pat Lenox, district superintendent, officiating. Interment will be in Bridgeview Cemetery.
Friends will be received Friday, Feb. 16 from 4-8 p.m. at the Cummings Funeral Home Inc., 155 Greeves St., Kane. There will be additional visitation on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 112 Greeves St., Kane.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either of his churches, Mt. Jewett or Hazel Hurst United Methodist Church.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com.
Published in Kane Republican on Feb. 14, 2018
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