Glen Nelson Smith Sr., 66, of Jackson went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Nov. 5, 2011 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born June 19, 1945 in Jackson and graduated from Jackson High School. He was also a devout Christian and a Baptist minister and truly a man of God. He lived a life wrapped in the love of Jesus. He would have us celebrate his entry into eternal glory and remember these things: know Jesus, live, walk, trust and rest in Him. He was a retired educator with the Clarke County Board of Education.
His family cherishes the memories of his faithful love for all, which was rooted in Jesus faithful love for him. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. His greatest asset was his family and he worked tirelessly to provide them with the example of what a man was supposed to be in life. He believed that at death, the physical body returns to dust, and the soul of the believer is welcomed into heaven. He believed what the Bible says in 2 Peter 3:9, that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. He would want all who read this to take John 3:16 seriously and accept God's free gift of salvation.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Betty Garris Smith; son Nelson Smith (Jackie), Auburn, Stephen Smith (Shauna), Tuscaloosa; one son Daniel Smith, Nashville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren: Jacob Smith; Brandon Smith; Maegan Smith; Madison Smith; Mallory Ferguson; Madison Ferguson; Colson Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Willie Gray Smith and his brother Theodore (Ted) Wesley Smith.
Friends, family and all who were blessed to know him are invited to a service to celebrate the life of Glen Nelson Smith Sr. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at First Baptist Church in Jackson. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. followed by the service at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be at Trinity Memorial Gardens.
Active pallbearers will be Jacob Smith, Brandon Smith, Jon Foster Reid, Dwight Goolsby, John Douglas McGowin and Norvelle Jones.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Sloan, Freddie Reeves, Henry Dunagan, Harvey Little, Graham Braswell, Mac McCorquodale, Adult V Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church and Vicki Smith.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.lathanfuneralhomes.com.
Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson will direct.