Rev. Lewis Glen Smith

December 7, 2016

Rev. Lewis Glen Smith, 91, went home December 7, 2016. He was born July 22, 1925, to Minnie and Henry Smith of Crawford County, Indiana. When he was ten years old he got saved while “playing church” in the family barn. He walked away from God and that experience lasted for five miserable years. Then as a fifteen-year-old delinquent, he came back to God. His life and all his goals changed from wanting to quit school to going on to high school with a call to preach.

In 1943 he enlisted with the U.S. army. He fought in World War II under Douglas MacArthur in the South Pacific. He was wounded, and the shrapnel always remained in his neck. He won seven campaign medals, two bronze stars, and received the Purple Heart. He was discharged in 1946.

He attended Frankfort Pilgrim College from 1947-1950, graduating with a three-year ministerial course. While there he began to work in the west end of town in a community without a church. He would walk, ride his bike, and later drive to visit in the homes of “his people.” He was able to get property in this community with donations from others and even using his disabled veterans’ check to support the ministry. With God’s help, he and his helpers were able to have a church built that continues to serve Frankfort, Indiana, since he founded it seventy years ago.

He married Mildred Bowers September 5, 1949. She worked faithfully by his side until Alzheimer’s claimed her mind. He lovingly took care of her until her death in 2001. Rev. Smith preached for seventy years in revivals and camp meetings all over the United States. His last camp meeting to attend was in Phoenix, Arizona, with his daughter Mary Anne in November. He preached his last sermon the night before his accident. He felt privileged to go on missionary trips to Papua New Guinea, the Philippine Islands, Canada, Mexico, Haiti, Costa Rica, South Africa, Lesotho, Honduras, Belize, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos Islands, Guatemala, and various Indian reservations among the Athabascan/Alaska, Manitoba, Lakota Sioux, Navajo, and Hopi tribes. He visited the Holy Land with his son Joe; and his last international trip was to Australia with his son Henry three months ago.

Visitation and Services

The family will greet family and friends at a viewing from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, December 19, 2016, at the Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St. Frankfort, Ind. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at Victory Chapel, 196 Lewis Smith Road, Frankfort, IN, with Rev. Joseph Smith officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Victory Chapel at the address above.

Survived by:

Rev. Smith, or “Smitty” as many affectionately called him, leaves a legacy of loving others, giving God all, and building bridges. He will be missed by his seven remaining children: Dr. Henry (Teresa) Smith of Cicero, IN; Rachel (Rev. James) Meek of Frankfort, IN; Rev. Joseph (Sharon) Smith of Shelbyville, IN; Rebecca (Rev. Kim) Dewhurst of Lexington, KY; Glenda (Rev. James) Barnard of Frankfort, IN; Mary Anne (Rev. Stuart) Wheeler of Phoenix, AZ; and Elizabeth (Todd) Hamilton of Independence, KS; thirty-eight grandchildren, thirty-seven great grandchildren, one adopted daughter Linda Dinkeldein, one brother Bill Smith, one sister Mary Sarles, two sisters-in-law Pearl Smith and Ruth Dommestrup, two brothers-in-law Estes Bowers and Paul Bowers, and many nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of people who call him their “Grandpa.”

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mildred, one grandchild Michael Dewhurst, and two great grandchildren, Josiah Smith and Nevaeh Goodrich. This year he was preceded in death by his fourth child, Esther Boyles, and son-in-law Tim Boyles.


Leave your Condolences

15 Condolences for “Rev. Lewis Glen Smith”

  1. Don- Debbie Baker December 13, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    What a wonderful example to us all! Rev Smith was such a treasure to our town. Prayers for comfort to all of his family and friends.

  2. David Kemp December 14, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Our Dear Brother Smith,

    What a blessing and privilege to have crossed paths with you on this “journey of life” here on earth. You were such a godly man with much wisdom, and yet you were such a kind, humble, and loving man. You were also a mighty prayer warrior who spent much time in prayer and whose prayers will be missed by many. You will be missed as well, but we’re so glad you are safely home in heaven where there is no more sadness, pain, or suffering. We know you are there praising your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ forevermore, just as you did so often here on earth. We send our sympathy to your dear family who loved you so much, and of course, we know you were so proud of them and loved them very much as well.

    David & Betty Kemp
    Fort Myers, FL

  3. Robert E Hackler December 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Shortly after moving to Frankfort to Pastor in 1975 we met and learned to respect both Brother Smith and his wife. We cherished the fellowship we were able to maintain through the years. Sorry to hear of his passing but glad he was still working for the Lord. May the Lord bless and comfort the family and friends. Due to being out of state we will not be attending the service.
    Rev. and Mrs Robert Hackler

  4. Elizabeth Shelton Owens December 16, 2016 at 8:09 am

    We are so glad to have known Brother Smith, he and his wife did a lot for our family when my father passed away. The Shelton family

  5. Emily (Snyder) Richards December 16, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Pastor Smith,
    So sorry for your loss. I loved how no matter what, your father had kind words to say, no matter what the situation was. I remember he was always kind to everyone. Wish I could be there during this time. Praying for you and your family during this time.

  6. James Plank December 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Brother Smith is already missed! His gracious spirit exemplified everything we believe. His passion for the lost was unbounded. He will be so missed at the many camps and conventions he supported. The InterChurch Holiness Convention has lost a real friend. May God bless the Smith Family and cause them to ever “follow peace with all men and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Our deepest sympathy.

  7. Paul Barnes December 19, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Talk about a national treasure, dear Bro. Smith was indeed that. Very few people have had such a impact for God as Bro. Smith, untold thousands of lives have been brought to the saving grace of our Lord Jesus, directly or indirectly, simply because he yielded his life to Christ. What a impact on the town of Frankfort and Clinton County, America, and around the world, the impact Bro. Smith has had on the Barnes family is incredible. Rev Paul Barnes Sr. was brought to Christ through Rev. Smith’s ministry, Bro. Smith officiated our wedding, he has laughed with us, cried with us, encouraged us, and lifted us up in prayer so many times down through the years. He is truly a hero to us, our children, and entire family. In times of trouble our first response is to call upon Jesus, then get ahold of Bro. Smith so he could take us to the Lord in prayer. Thank you so much Rev. Smith for your devotion to Jesus Christ to be a vessel for the master use, thank you to the Smith family for always standing with Rev. Smith, I’m sure many times you would have preferred him being at home, but, alas he was sold out to Christ! Love and Prayers, Rev. Paul Barnes and family.

  8. Travis and Jody Johnson December 19, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Word cannot express the influence and legacy that Bro. Smith left behind. My wife was privileged to to grow up in the same town that Bro. Smith pastored in as her dad pastored a church in Frankfort as well for many years. I was blessed to work alongside my father-in-law for a number of years as his associate, and so I have seen firsthand the influence that Bro. Smith had upon a community. I was even privileged to work with him at funeral a time or two. He was a giant. My condolences to the family for the loss of such a great man. Due to our own church commitments and the busyness of the holiday season, we will be unable to attend the viewing or funeral service. I wish so much we could be there to pay our respects personally the the family. Please know that we love you and our prayers are with you.

  9. Paul and Kathryn Barnes December 19, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Rev. Smith was such a great man to me. I loved him with all my heart, he was such a blessing to everyone. He will be greatly missed. I look forward to seeing him again in Heaven. A true hero of the faith.

  10. Norma Hardwick December 20, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Brother Smitty was like a family member though I had not seen him for many years, our family loved him dearly. We lived in Frankfort Ind. where my mom and dad raised 8 children in the 50’s and 60’s where we came to know and love Bro. Smitty. I remember the little church where he pastored in those wonderful childhood days. I also remember his loving wife and some of his children, Rachel and a few of the others. Bro. Smitty performed my Brother Thurman Carrender and his wife Darlene Garrett’s wedding ceremony on Sept. 6, 1968 right there in his little church in the west end. When our family moved to Kentucky in 1970 we still got news of Bro. Smitty from friends in Indiana, but then after so many years we lost contact and thought Bro. Smitty surely had gone to heaven along time ago It really shocked us to hear, through a friend, that he had passed in Lexington Kentucky, for you see my family all live in Somerset that is about 100 miles from Lexington. Would loved to have been there for Bro. Smitty’s family in person but you are all in our prayers and please know how much your precious Dad was loved and appreciated by our family for all he did not just for us but so many others. He was truly a soldier of God and champion of many. God Bless all of you for sharing the gift of your father with not just our family but the world for he truly made it a better place.

  11. Ed and Emma Highlander December 20, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Sorry Emma and I missed the Home Going Celebration of Rev. Smith. He was a dear kind man and we will miss him. But we are only sad for ourselves here on earth. We will meet him in Heaven one day. Thank you Lord for allowing Rev. Lewis Smith to come into our lives. … Ed and Emma

  12. Tina Barnes-Johnson December 21, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Words can never express the influence Rev. Smith has had on my family. My dad shares a story of when the wind blew down the trusses and support on his church when he first started building his church in Kentucky. He was ready to quit and return to Indiana as they didn’t have the money to start over. God sent Bro. Smith there out of the blue for two nights. He witnessed to my dad and told him of his own hardships when building Victory Chapel. When he left, his testimony and God’s calling stayed in my dads heart. He rebuilt his church by the calling of others to come help. Rev. Smith is truly one of a kind. He was the most humble, Godly man I ever met. Earth lost a great man but the heaven’s are rejoicing. My sympathy to all of the family. You have all been so very blessed to have this man in your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Paul D Wilson December 21, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    What a friend, Rev. Lewis Smith! When I was in school at Frankfort, I was invited on different occasions to play the piano and sing for services at Victory Chapel. The appreciation I got was far more than I ever deserved. I thank God for this entire family. It was good to speak with him at The Wesleyan Church General Conference in June of 2016. May God be with the family during this loss, but yet somehow a tremendous gain! We shall see him again!

  14. Dawn Castle December 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    What a privilege to have known “Grandpa” Smith. I met him for the first time in November 2011 at Gospel Center Camp Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. In April of 2012 I moved to Shelbyville, IN, where I was blessed to become better acquainted with this godly man. He had an amazing passion for his God and for people of every race and class. He will be greatly missed by all who have been blessed to know him. What a jubilee he must be having rejoicing with his Savior in Eternal Bliss! Thoughts and prayers for the Smith family.

  15. Rev. Paul Mills December 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

    A great Servant of the Lord. A God blessed man. A man fully surrendered to God. Like the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus who didn’t intend to give his heart to the Lord that day, but God met him and did a mighty work in his heart any way. Neither did Lewis intend to give his heart to the Lord the night he went to the alter at the Union Chapel Church revival. He had heard the Preacher say, “If no one comes to the alter tonight then the revival will be over”. He, along with two or three other boys, made it up to go to the alter so that the revival would continue, as they needed some place to go. God heard Lewis’s plan and brought such deep conviction on his heart that he poured his heart out to God and received forgiveness. My Sister, Norma, who was there that night remembers him shouting his new found victory around and around the old stove on one leg. The Batman Family and Betty Roberson were probably there the night he got saved as that has been a while ago. We started having the Union Chapel Reunion in the spring of 2001. He enjoyed coming to a number of those. A Great Man of God. I can envision a book coming out telling of all Brother Smith’s exploits for God, which are many. Hopefully this year as I would like to have one.

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