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Carlton Smith - Year Entered 1953

Carlton Smith

Mr. Carlton Smith, age 88, died on Sunday, January 16, 2018.

Posted by GCI Weekly Update on January 24, 2018 

We were saddened to learn of the recent death of retired WCG/GCI pastor, Carlton Smith. Carlton graduated from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, in 1956, where, as a student, he participated in two U.S. baptizing tours. Carlton then pastored WCG congregations in Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington and California. Following retirement, he resided in Visalia, CA, then most recently in Solvang, CA.

Carlton is survived by his wife of 59 years, Beverly, his son Douglas Smith, his daughter Aletha Mann (wife of GCI Assistant Pastor Brad Mann), his daughter Carlene Jones and three granddaughters. 

Carlene wrote this in tribute to her father:

One of his greatest joys was serving the church for nearly forty years. We experienced so much through him and appreciated his favorite and often-quoted Bible verse, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). He has now achieved that glory and left us with a love for Christ and the pursuit of our Christian faith with deep reverence, sincerity and confidence that all things work for the good of those who believe. We joke that he made it from Mississippi to the resurrection, a tremendous journey in which we were privileged to share.

Cards may be sent to:

Beverly Smith
1651 Laurel Ave
Solvang, CA 93463

This message comes from his daughter, Carlene:

Shortly after Beverly & I arrived at the Lompoc Skilled Nursing facility on Sunday, and as we were gathering our things to visit Carlton, my phone rang, it was the nurse letting me know he had just passed away.  Although we knew this was eminent, it was still a shock. We felt very blessed to be there at the time and to have a final opportunity to see him, say goodbye, and spend time in prayer, grateful for his life and for being able to share in his death.

  I know this is a dramatic event for Beverly, they were married 59 years, 2018 would have been 60.  Aletha will be here to visit this weekend, I’m not sure if we will be at church on Sunday, but I have a feeling my mom will want to be there, where comfort and peace exist.

May God continue to show us His blessings, mercy and comfort,

Mrs. Smith added one additional piece of Mr. Smith's life - he was a combat veteran who served in the Army during the Korean War from 1950 - 1952. 

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