THOMSON, Ga. - Rev. Gus Alexander Smith, 83, of Thomson, entered into rest December 29, 2006.
Memorial services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, December 31, 2006, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. Phil Bray and Dan Smith officiating. Honorary Pallbearers were Deacons of Ft. Creek Baptist Church, Mitchell Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, January 1, 2007, at the Mountain View Cemetery in Greer, S.C., with Rev. Dan Smith officiating.
He is survived by his wife Lavetta Waddell Smith of Thomson; daughter: Juan Smith Tyner and her husband John Layton Tyner III of Bruinswick; son: Devon Smith and his wife Barbara of Abbeville, S.C.; grandchildren: Tina Tyner Gates of West Point, Miss., and John Layton Tyner, IV of Brunswick; two great-grandchildren: Jacklyn Elizabeth Gates and John Layton Tyner V; three brothers: Dortcha Smith, Jr. and Joe Smith both of Greer, S.C., Rev. Dan Smith of Taylors, S.C.
Rev. Smith was born August 29, 1923, to the late Dortcha Smith and the late Hazel Keller Smith. He served as a Medic, Courier and MP with the US Army during WWII. Following the war, he attended North Greenville Junior College, Furman University and the Southern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. Rev. Smith began his career of a Baptist Minister in 1956, serving O' Neal Baptist Church in Greer, S.C., and later served many Baptist churches in South Carolina and Georgia over the past 40 years. He was also a member Ft. Creek Baptist Church and was currently serving as pastor of Mitchell Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church.
Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.