MEMORIALS: CHARLES WARREN SMITH
Charles Warren Smith was born on December 10, 1931 in Birmingham, AL, the third and final child of Frank and Mildred Smith. he went to Cleveland, TN, at the age of 14 to Bob Jones College to attend the Academy as a boarding student. he was later graduated from Bob Jones College with his B.A. in 1952, M.A. in 1954, and Ph.D. in 1959. Charles taught at BJU for 35 years-(1952-87). he then taught at the Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA, for more than 15 additional years until his death on January 31, 2003. Charles died at home of prostate cancer. he lived 71 years, one month, and 21 days.
Throughout his teaching career, Charles also pastured small rural churches, including Hurst Baptist Church in Hiltonia, GA, for thirteen years, and others in North and South Carolina. Charles met Minnie Kron in Jackson, MS, when he served on ensemble for BJU and stayed in Minnie’s home. They could not date, but corresponded. On june 6, 1956, they were married at Alta Woods Methodist Church in Jackson. They had three children, and Minnie preceded Charles in death by five years. Charles was known for his teaching and his love of students, often having them over for breakfast, or out for a meal. Charles was named teacher of the year at the Master’s College.
Charles was a member of ETS since 1988, when he joined the Master’s College, and greatly enjoyed ETS meetings. he loved opera, drama, music, and literature. he traveled widely to Europe, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Uruguay and Guatemala. His funeral was conducted by ETS member John MacArthur at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.
Left to mourn Charles’s death are his daughter Rosalind and husband Bill Cross with son Zachary in Greenville, SC; daughter Sheila and husband Tom Pennington with children Lauren, Katie and Jessica of Colleyville, TX; son Clifford and wife Sharon with children Conor and Fisher of Greenville, SC; brother Burdette of Columbiana, AL; and sister Betty with husband Marvin Murphree of Columbiana, AL.
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