In Loving Memory of - Abundant Grace Church of the Living God

Flower bearers
Sons and Grandsons
Friends of the Family
In Loving Memory
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude and
appreciation for all the support & prayers during our
recent loss. Your love has been a true source of
consolation during this difficult time and will continue to
be throughout the years. Special thanks to Pastor William
Houston and Abundant Grace Church of the Living God,
Bishop Harry Calloway, Jr, and the United House of God,
Inc, Mt. Olivet C.O.G.I.C., Shiloh Temple House of God,
Miami Valley Hospital staff, Hospice of Dayton,
neighborhood friends, House of Wheat Funeral Home, and
William Mckinney.
Burial arrangements entrusted to
House of Wheat Funeral Home
James Elliott Smith
July 16, 1936 - June 2, 2015
Monday—June 8, 2015— 11:00 am
House of Wheat Funeral Home
2107 N. Gettysburg Ave
Dayton, Ohio 45406
Apostle Ronald Hoard, Columbus, Ohio
Order of Service
Apostle Ronald Hoard
Columbus, Oh
Opening Hymn
Scripture Reading
Heavens Unlimited
Dayton, Oh
(Please limit to 2 mins each)
The Gospel Jewels
Dayton, Oh
Reading of Acknowledgements and Obituary (read silently)
Gospel Stars
Dayton, Oh
Special Remarks
Pastor William Houston, IV
Abundant Grace Church of the Living God
Special Remarks
Bishop Harry Calloway, Jr.
United House of God , Inc
Elder Randall Young
Mt. Olivet Church of God in Christ
Interment at West Memory Gardens
6722 Hemple Rd, Moraine, Ohio 45439
Dinner will served after the interment at
Abundant Grace Church of the Living God, 4444 Lake Center Dr, Trotwood, Oh
Let Me Go
Through the Years
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not for long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that once we shared
Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone.
It’s all part of the master plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go the friends we know.
Laugh at all the things we used to do
Miss me, but let me go.
When I am dead my dearest
Sing no sad songs for me
Plant thou no roses at my head
Nor shady cypress tree
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet
And if thou wilt remember
And if thou wilt, forget.
I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not fear the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on as if in pain;
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.
Christina Rosetti
James Elliott Smith was born on
July 16, 1936 in Mount Vernon,
Illinois to the late Johnnie O. Smith
and Helen Coleman. He was raised
by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs.
Jack Spears in Mount Vernon,
James, affectionately called Jim,
moved to Detroit, Michigan during
his adolescent years. While in Detroit, Michigan, he completed his high school
education. James later moved to Chicago, Illinois and lived there for a number
of years. In 1973, James moved to Dayton, Ohio and remained there until his
passing. Jim worked for the city of Dayton for 23 years before his retirement.
James had a larger than life personality. He was known for his wisecracking
personality. Until the very end, he maintained his love for jokes and laughter,
cracking jokes with the medical staff and nurses who were helping him. Jim
was also very competitive. Some of his favorite pastimes were playing chess
with his children, golfing, cards, softball, video games, and attending horse
races. James had a habit of talking trash during any and every event that he
was a part of. He would not hesitate to let you know just when, how, and why
he would win. In most cases, he was absolutely right. However, having
learned from the best, his children began to talk trash on their own, and win
more and more against him.
James was also very musically talented. He greatly enjoyed working with and
teaching singers. James played the guitar, bass, drums, and could harmonize
with the best of them. He was also a recording artist and arranged many
original songs. He founded the Stars of Harmony of Chicago, Illinois and the
Gospel Jewels of Dayton, Ohio. He also played guitar for the Swan Mellarks in
Chicago, Illinois, The Spirit of Faith, and the Golden Voices of Harmony in
Dayton, Ohio.
Through the Years
While living in Dayton, Jim realized he needed something in his life that he
had not found anywhere else. He accepted Jesus Christ and began to attend
regular church services. James sought a closer relationship with God, and his
walk as a believer evolved accordingly. He began to study the word of God at
Christ Holy Temple and confessed to receiving the Holy Spirit in his home
during a tarrying meeting conducted by his pastor, Bishop Foy Munlin and his
wife. James later attended Mount Olivet Church of God In Christ under Pastor
Ozell Northern. During his tenure there, he served faithfully and played bass.
After further study of the word of God, he found and resolved to keep the
seventh day Sabbath and Holy Festivals, as outlined in the Scriptures. After
this turning point, he attended United House of God under the leadership of
Bishop Harry Calloway and the Late Elect Lady Alcerean Watson. He would
attend services as often as his health would allow. Most recently, he attended
Abundant Grace Church of the Living God under Pastor William Houston, IV.
Jim loved to share the Word of God with others. He wanted everyone to know
about the truth that God had revealed to him, and would send video tapes and
information to others, to share this good news.
James departed this life peacefully on June 2, 2015 at his residence; and he
will be greatly missed by all that knew him. He was preceded in death by his
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Spears, parents, Johnnie Smith and Helen
Coleman, children, Sabrina Smith, Karen Werts, Keith, Kevin, Sheila, and Mark
James leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife Nancy Smith;
sister, Mary Ferguson; sons, Dwayne, Stephen, Morgan, Demetrius, and
Carlton Smith, Mark and Marco Shoecraft; daughters, Shalon Smith, Renia
Moman, Carolyn, and Cornicia Harvey; special sons, William Houston IV and
family, and Ben Faircloth, a special daughter, Leeann Robinson; special
friends, Earl Davis and Virginia Yarborough; and a host of grandchildren, great
grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends.
Humbly submitted by the family
Through the Years