Charles L. Smith
1935 - 2021
Charlton & Groome Funeral Home & Crematory Inc
619 Lifecore Drive
Fishersville, VA 22939
Charles L. Smith

November 25, 1935 - April 25, 2021

Charles L. "Deacon" Smith, 85, went to his eternal Home on April 25, 2021.

Born on November 25, 1935, in Northampton, Mass., he leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Rose Marie; three sons, Charles III (Rosa), Nathan (Melody), and Thomas (Dania), ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild; a sister, Jeanne Willis of Tampa, Fla., and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graduate of The Citadel, he had a varied career serving as an officer in the Coast Guard and administrator in the USDA and EPA. He served for ten years as Pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Retiring to the Valley, he was an active member of Wayne Hills Baptist Church. He was a Boy Scout leader and enjoyed gardening, travel and sharing the good news of God's gift of eternal life.

He praises God for his salvation through Jesus Christ and is thankful for the blessing of family, church family, friends and neighbors and all who have been praying for him. He is grateful for the good care he's received from Augusta Health, AN&RC and Hospice of the Shenandoah. "ALL things work together for GOOD to those who LOVE Him and are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Charlton and Groome Funeral Home, 619 Lifecore Dr., Fishersville, Va., from 6 until 8 p.m.

A service will be held at Wayne Hills Baptist Church Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 11 a.m. Burial will be held in Charleston, S.C.

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Published by The News Virginian on Apr. 27, 2021.
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Charlton and Groome Funeral Home
619 Lifecore Drive, Fishersville, Virginia 22939
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Wayne Hills Baptist Church
877 Ladd Road, Waynesboro, Virginia 22980
Graveside service
Live Oak Cemetery
3093 Ashley River Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29414
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To Rosemarie and family, My family & I were very saddened to learn of Pastor Smith's being laid to rest. I was able to hear a few of his sermons because, Michele Hayes attended Temple Baptist. Michele and I were very fortunate to have Pastor to baptize both of us. She was a member of Temple, but I was not, but was a member of a Church nonetheless. We are eternally grateful to have known Pastor, and to be a witness to his serving Our Lord & Savior. May his soul rest in peace. Our condolences and sympathy to You, Sister Rosemarie and the entire family. May God Comfort each of you, I pray in the Very Blessed Name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord & Savior. Love & Peace - Barbara Hayes & Family
Barbara Hayes
May 18, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to Nate, Melody and kids, and all of the family at this difficult time. We wish we could have known this wonderful man. He is with the Lord and at perfect peace now, with God whom he faithfully served.
Rogers and Mary Hellman
May 4, 2021
Mary and are saddened for Rose Marie and the family at the Home going of Charles. We certainly enjoyed the time we had over the Wayne Hills years with Charles and Rose Marie. You are certainly in our prayers and Love May our Lord richly bless and keep those loving arms around each of you. Love in Christ, Mary and Mike
Mary and Mike Beverly
April 28, 2021
Such a good and kind mind. I feel so honored and blessed to have known him. Our hearts are heavy now but will rejoice when we see him again. Prayers and thoughts for you, Rose, and your family.
Sharon McGlothlin
April 28, 2021
Deacon Smith was one of the finest Christian men I have ever known. For so many of us he modeled grace and graciousness. His face glowed with love for the Lord. His love for his wife and children were shown in word and deed. His love for his church overflowed into giving, giving, giving of his time and resources and life. I consider him among the finest mentors I ever had, and as we served as elders together he often would encourage this discouraged pastor with his insight and well timed Latin phrases! He was 100% committed to keeping the main thing the main thing, advancing Christ's great command to love God and neighbor with everything you have and advancing Christ's great commission to love those who need Jesus and share how to meet Jesus with them, whether they live across the street or around the world. One of the great blessings of my life is knowing Charles and RoseMarie Smith.
Danny Campbell
April 28, 2021
Deacon was one of the most religious and kind gentleman I have ever met. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Rose Marie and the family.
Sue Wingfield
April 27, 2021