The Rev. William Theodore Smith, Jr. ’47

The Rev. William Theodore Smith, Jr. ’47 of Denver, N.C., died July 9, 2007. He received a master of divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. Prior to his call to the ministry at age forty, he was employed by the Sears Corporation. During his ministerial career, he held pastorates at First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, N.C., from 1965–69 and at First Presbyterian Church in Stanley, N.C. for twenty years before his retirement in 1988. He was a visionary leader in the Central Carolina Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of America and a devoted family man. He was a flight instructor in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Survivors include his wife of sixty-three years, Elizabeth Ann Holt Smith, 2416 Vantage Ln., Denver, N.C. 28037; one son, William Theodore Smith, III ’81 of Denver, N.C.; two daughters, Becky Hensley of Denver, N.C. and Beth Gibson of Union Grove, N.C.; one sister, Dr. Miriam Frances Smith of Decatur, Ga, and five grandchildren, all of Denver, N.C.