The Reverend William D. Smart
Story furnished by Clarence
The Reverend W.D. Smart came
to Glendale in 1929 to preach in a tent meeting for one week. The tent
was located in the wooded area just to the right of my Grandpa and
Grandma Crocker’s house where the Baptist Church office is located
today. Grandpa had died and we were staying with grandma at the time.
Rev. Smart and Rev. Davis Wiggins, this writer’s uncle, continued the
revival for six weeks out of which the Glendale Pentecostal Holiness
Church was organized. Rev. Smart became the first Pastor of the newly
organized church which continues today. See
Excerpts from the Obituary of Rev. W. D. Smart as published Sunday,
October 13, 1940;
“The Rev. William D. Smart, 57, a retired Pentecostal Holiness Minister
died on Saturday, October 12, 1940 at his residence on Haynes Street,
Greer, S. C. Rev. Smart was stricken with a heart attack two hours
before his death.
The Rev. Mr. Smart was Pastor of Pentecostal Holiness Churches in
Greenville County 30 years before he retired five years ago. He was a
native of Greenville County, the son of the late John and Mrs. Lizzie
The retired Minister who had been a resident of Greer 13 years, is
survived by his wife, the former Miss. Fannie Carr of the Greer Mill
village; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Dairity of Greer, Mrs. Nellie
Trammell of Spartanburg; three sons, Thurman, John and Paul Smart of
Greer; four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at the Greer Pentecostal
Holiness Church of which he was a member by Revs. B. R. Nichols, R.M.
Brewer and J.V. Ellenberg. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn
Memorial Park Cemetery at Greenville, S.C.”
Excerpts from the Obituary of Mrs. W. D. Smart as published October 9,
“Mrs. Fannie Carr Smart, 78, widow of the Reverend W.D. Smart of Greer,
died Wednesday at a Spartanburg Rest Home after a long illness. Born
and reared at Gainesville, Ga., she had been a resident of Greer 31
years and was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Survivors were; daughters, Mrs. Ruth Moon of Greer and Mrs. Nell Haney
of Inverness, Fla.,
Funeral services are to be held at the Greer Pentecostal Holiness
Church conducted by Revs. B. R. Nichols, W.T. Cook and T. C. Riddle.
Burial in the Woodlawn Memorial Park.”
Writer’s comments; Rev. and Mrs. Smart were dear friends
of my parents, Albert and Ella Crocker and ate at our house on many
different occasions. They were wonderful people.
All Census and Obituaries records, courtesy of the Spartanburg
Written September 2013
Clarence E. Crocker
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