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Sherwood Chapel & Memorial Gardens

3176 Airport Highway, Alcoa, TN

OBITUARY

Charles and Joanne Smith

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Charles Edward Smith, age 85, of Knoxville, Tennessee moved to his heavenly home on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Two days later, Friday, July 31, 2020, Joanne Irene Smith, age 81, faithful wife of 66 years joined him in the presence of the Lord. Charles and Joanne are survived by their 6 children: Charles (Julie) Smith of Orlando, Florida, Thomas (Anita) Smith of Frankfort, Illinois, Robert (Vicky) Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee, Vincent (Debbie) Smith of Cordova, Tennessee, Cynthia Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee, and John (Heather) Smith of Powell, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Charles and Joanne were both saved under the ministry of Rev. James H. George at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Crete, Illinois. It was there that they learned to serve the Lord and where Charles was eventually called into the ministry. They served as an Assistant Pastor at the Jordan Baptist Church in Burbank, Illinois, under the leadership of Rev. F.R. Bingham. After being ordained to the Gospel ministry in May 1974, they moved back to his hometown where they served as an assistant pastor at Union City Baptist Temple in Union City, Tennessee, before following the leadership of the Lord to begin the Bible Baptist Church and later the Bible Baptist Academy. Following a ministry of almost a decade there, they would move to Dublin, Kentucky where Charles accepted the pastorate of Dublin Baptist Church in August 1985. Together they would serve there for 8 years at which time the Lord led them to the Warren Missionary Baptist Church in Warren, Michigan where Charles would serve as pastor for 16 years. During his pastorate the church was led to expand the bus ministry, develop a robust mission’s program, and build a new auditorium, office complex, Sunday school classrooms, as well as remodeling existing areas. Throughout these years and ministries, Charles and Joanne served side by side, committed to Christ and one another. In 2009, the Lord led Charles to resign the pastorate and retire in Knoxville, Tennessee and become active members of the Temple Baptist Church.

Charles & Joanne were loving parents, spouses, grandparents, great-grandparents, family members and friends. The countless people whose lives they touched and came to know and love will dearly miss them, but have the assurance that they are now in the presence of the one whom they faithfully served for over five decades.

Charles’ life verse was Revelation 1:18, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”’

Joanne’s life verses were Romans 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”

As Charles and Joanne dedicated their life to the service of the Lord, their family would encourage you to honor their memory and service by making a donation to the Student Scholarship Fund of The Crown College of the Bible in Powell, Tennessee. This fund helps make Christian education possible for students, many of whom will serve as Pastors/Pastor’s wives, Missionaries, and Christian School Educators. Your contribution to this fund results in changed lives and is a fitting memorial for these faithful servants of Christ.

A memorial service will be held at their home church, Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee, on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Clarence Sexton, whom they loved and supported, officiating.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.sherwoodchapel.com for the Smith family.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, August 9, 2020

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Charles and Joanne Smith

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Mildred Huff

August 9, 2020

Heaven sure is sweeter now because these two dear people are there. They are missed. I am praying God will comfort all of you.

Shirley Wells

August 8, 2020

It is with sadness I say goodbye to this wonderful couple. I have known Charles and Joanne since they joined the Friendship Class of Temple Baptist Church. Many fond and precious memories have been had throughout the years.
In this time of sorrow please know that you are all in my prayers. May you receive comfort as you cherish your own memories of your dear loved ones. With my deepest sympathies.

Shirley Wells

Robert Patton

August 8, 2020

We have lost a good friend, an encourager, and a great example of a life well lived to the glory of God. We wish the comfort of the Lord for all the family, and a quick and complete recovery for Bob Smith. Not only were they a great testimony, but also their family has continued in the service of the Lord, with a great heritage left behind. May the Lord ultimately receive all the glory!

Jim & Audrey Hall

August 7, 2020

My best memories of both Pastor Smith and Mrs Smith as compassionate leaders. Although when first meeting Brother Smith, his deep voice of authority intimidated us until we got to know this gentle giant. Brother Smith was always at the church doing something. He would walk the hall singing or whistling. The most memorable moments for us was the way he would laugh..ah, ha,ha . We will never forget it.. Mrs Smith could play that piano like an angel. She loved the kids, would hug on them and make them feel important. She would also make sure they always had pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. She would bake those pies all day and night.. thank you both for your faithfulness, sturdy leadership, and love. You will be missed by many. See ya there. Love, Jim and Audrey
For the family, you will always be in our prayers and thoughts we love you all remember family is where God is!

Monta Jones

August 7, 2020

They will both be missed!!!! WMBC was my home church and I became introduced into the ministry. He was so friendly and told great stories and Joanne emulated her love for him as she served in so many places with him. He had a fantastic voice and I remember the last time I heard him sing with Bro . Paul and Pastor Walter Jones. Tears were flooding down my face that day as I saw humble men singing to our God. Bro and Mrs Smith will be truly missed!!

Joseph Hall

August 7, 2020

I remember many times going over to the house and helping Pastor Smith. I would do yard work or help with a project and then later eat Mrs. Smiths famous spaghetti. He was my first Pastor and took me under his wing and taught me a lot. He married my wife and I in 2008. They both meant a lot to my family and I. We are sorry for your loss and praying for the family during this time. I am so glad we will see them again one day because of the promise of God.

Steve and Sheila Leopper

August 7, 2020

We are praying for your family! Always amazed at what a great voice Charles had at his age.. So many people after a certain age just seem to lose the ability to sing well.. He kept his! God Bless you and your family too give you the grace needed!

Linda Ingram

August 7, 2020

Memories galore! From Bro. Smiths first sermon, PEANUT BUTTER JELLY CHRISTIANS..to the day he announced he they would be retiring to TENNESSEE.
I remember all the times you were such a “friend” to our family. Over and above! To quote you, NOT A HIRLING!
Learned so much from Miss Smith, we always laughed at the same time and the same things. What a good Godly example you both were and how good it was to be with you for a short time.
You poured your hearts and souls into the ministry❤️💔❤️❤️💔🌹
Love you ALWAYS,
Linda Ingram

Michael hall

August 7, 2020

My deepest sympathy goes out to the Smith family ! There are so many good memories but the one that sticks out the most is when brother Smith was Preaching and his teeth fell out on to the pulpit hahaha i don't think I have ever seen him laugh so hard . I also enjoy watching miss Smith play the Piano while brother Smith would sing a special man he could sing. They were both great leaders And always led by example ! My heart goes out to there friends and family. Thanks for all the good Memories and leadership you will never be forgotten . Love you both

Ed Hardy

August 6, 2020

Ed and Sue will always remember the friendship and sweet personality of both these dear saints. We will miss them and look forward to seeing them in heaven
Ed and Sue Hardy

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