OBITUARY

Berline Smith

August 11, 1931April 8, 2018
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Berline Brown Smith was born August 11, 1931 in East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois to Casey and Cora Cheshier Brown. She was the third of six children and was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Frank, Charles and Horace Brown, late husband Herbert L. Smith, Sr., friend, Joe C. Hill, and grandson Dontez Smith. Berline, affectionately known as “Peaches”, accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at St. Augustine Catholic Church in East St. Louis, IL. She was a woman of great faith, who knew and loved the Lord; He was the source of her inspiration. Peaches received her formal education in the public school in District 189 in the St. Clair County School System. After graduation, she began her career with Civil Service as a key punch operator in nearby St. Louis, MO. Her tenure with Civil Service transferred her to several locations, including Indianapolis, IN and Riverhead, NY. In 1971, Peaches put her career on the back burner, she retired from Civil Service to raise her precious gifts from God, seven beautiful children, whom she loved, adored and devoted her entire life. She wore many hats, mother, father, friend, teacher and entrepreneur. She often created and managed small business ventures; she owned and operated a confectionary store, sold both Beeline clothing, Amway products, and occasionally jewelry. In the community she never met a stranger. She became a mother to many; her doors were always open to lend a helping hand or encouraging word. She was an active member at Leslie Bates Davis Neighborhood House; she served as the Treasurer for many years. She strived to empower individuals and families to move out of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. She was an activist for equality and voting rights; she provided transportation for neighbors to register to vote and to get to the voting polls on Election Day. She was a supporter of the Pop Miles Boxing Clubs, allowing her home to be a safe haven for kids to keep them out of the streets and trouble. Peaches continued her education; she attended State Community College of East Saint Louis and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1975-1979. She received an associate degree in 1980 from State Community College, East Saint Louis, IL. Mother Berline devoted her life to serving God until she was physically unable to; she displayed and rendered unconditionally love to everyone she encountered. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and studying the word of God diligently. She was an original member of World-Wide Fellowship Ministries (est. 1998); she served as Treasurer and Secretary. She was vigilant in spreading the good news of Christ. Weekly, she prepared Sunday school lessons electronically and sent them via email. Her favorite salutation was, “I am blessed and highly favored of the Lord!” If you ever visited her in the nursing home, she would often be found reading or listening to God’s word. She utilized her gift to minister the word of God to staff and residents where she resided. She took part in monthly Communion as long as she was able, under the administration of her son and Pastor, Tommy Smith Sr., until her passing. Sunday morning, April 8, 2018, Peaches answered the ultimate call and accepted God’s invitation to her heavenly home. She leaves to cherish her memories: Seven children – Joyce Daugherty (Norman) of Cincinnati, OH, Herbert Smith, Jr. of Belleville, IL, Emmanuel Smith (Sunye) of Colorado Springs, CO, Christopher Smith (Cynthia) of Charlotte, NC, Darryl Watson (Myeshia) of Louisville, KY, Pastor Tommy Smith, Sr. (Arlean) of Normandy, MO, Catherine Brooks (David) of Colorado Springs, CO; 22 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two sisters - Etta Brown Hicks of Swansea, IL and Katie Brown Bennett of Marietta, GA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Berline Smith

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Al and Teca Webber

May 1, 2018

To Grandma Peaches' wonderful family, we convey our deepest condolences for the loss of Miss Berline. She was indeed a true warrior, servant and teacher of the Lord's word. As a young adult visiting East St. Louis I remember all the scriptures posted in every inch of Grandma Peaches' house. I didn't understand it then, but I do now --- she understood that she was not of this world and there is a bigger plan that God has that she was committed to sharing. Again at first it was very peculiar to me, but yes now I know she was truly sanctified, separated for a purpose. I remember when Grandma Peaches stayed in Colorado Springs for awhile. One evening sitting on the porch with Miss Berline I told her that I often would see these random lights kind of passing before me...she told me about the Shekinah glory...I was like okay yea right...to this day I don't know what that was but when I started to study the word I recalled my conversation with Grandma Peaches almost 15+ years ago and the thought of Shekinah Glory didn't seem so weird after all. Her influence was directly inspired by God. I pray blessing for each of her surviving family members that comes directly from our Father in Heaven. May His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven in each of your lives.
-Love Al & Teca Webber (formerly Brooks)

Cynthia Smith

April 23, 2018

Mom Smith holds a special place in my heart. On my first visit to East St. Louis in July of 1983, she spent four hours witnessing Jesus to me. She boldly declared the Gospel and encouraged me to repent and accept Him as my personal savior. I didn’t make the confession at that time , but my life was never the same afterwards. I was under conviction so much until October 1983 I finally surrendered. The seed she sowed is still producing a harvest. I am now a minister sowing seeds! Throughout the years when we talked over the phone we would talk for hours at a time encouraging one another. She would often say , are you call to the five fold ministry. I give glory to God for my mother-n-love! She has truly left a legacy of faith! Family let the peace of God rule in your life.

Ron and Freda Brown

April 23, 2018

To The Family, Aunt Peaches had the most calming and reassuring way of encouraging our family. We have no doubt, it was her faith that sustained and kept her. So be encouraged family.

Catherine Brooks

April 22, 2018

Mom your earthly presence is truly missed. I'm thankful I have so many fond memories of your love, sacrifices, support and how to be steadfast and immovable in the Lord. You were my everything, my blessing from God, my mother and best friend. Thank you for setting an example for us to emulate, displaying strong faith, wisdom and determination.

Thank you for your unconditional love...peace be upon you..RIH. Love ya Cathy & Dave

Catherine Brooks

April 22, 2018

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