Rev. Dr. Elton Orson Smith Jr. of North Chili, formally of Newark, went to the open arms of his Lord and Savior on Oct. 12, 2013, at Unity Health-Park Ridge Hospital.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Pearce Memorial Church, 4322 Buffalo Road, North Chili. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 18. Burial will follow in North Chili Rural Cemetery. In memory of Rev. Smith, consider donations to Cornerstone Church of East Pembroke, PO Box 189, E. Pembroke, NY 14056, or Pearce Memorial Church.
Rev. Smith was born the only son of the late Rev. Elton Sr. and Ruth (Gould) Smith on January 18, 1939, in Geneva. He graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 1956 then received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1961 followed by his Master of Divinity in 1964 from Asbury Theological Seminary. He was ordained a deacon in 1964 and an elder in 1966 in the Free Methodist Church. He served several churches in Michigan and New York including acting as Superintendent of Susquehanna Conference from 1976 to 1991. Rev. Smith was a man of prayer and faith in his Jesus Christ for whom he dedicated his whole life to.
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