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Rufus  Smith

Rufus Andrew Smith Sr.

Tuesday, February 12th, 1935 - Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
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Rufus Andrew Smith, Sr., or “Stout,” was God’s gift to Mable (Olds) Smith and William McKinley Smith on February 12, 1935. He stepped into immortality on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, New York.

Rufus Andrew Smith, Sr. attended Greene County Training School in North Carolina. Rufus enjoyed playing baseball. He played as a pitcher. His teammates called him “Smitty” when he played baseball with the Los Angeles Hawks. The San Francisco Giants called him for tryouts with the major league. His tryouts were alongside Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda.

Eventually, Rufus migrated to New York City where he met and married Dorothy A. Lawrence.* They were married in 1959 at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. Their union was blessed with two children, Rufus Andrew Smith, Jr.,* and Tanya C. Smith. Rufus was a dedicated father. He spent the weekdays picking his children up from school on his lunch break and his weekends taking them to choir rehearsal and other events.

Rufus joined Shiloh Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, in the early 1960s under the leadership of the late Bishop William C. Gillams. Rufus served as an usher. Rufus enjoyed singing and was a member of the Brotherhood Male Chorus. Rufus was an avid student of the Bible and served as a Sunday School teacher at Shiloh. He also attended the Manhattan Bible Institute in Harlem, New York. He served as the Field Representative for the Northeastern District Assembly Sunday School Convention for many years. In this capacity, he visited various churches throughout the district and provided a report on the functioning of the Sunday School.

Professionally, Rufus was an arduous worker. He worked 24 years alone for the New York City Department of Health prior to retiring on May 13, 1995.

Although Rufus was afflicted by many illnesses later in life, he fought a good fight, he finished his course, and he kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).

Rufus had eight siblings: Earl Smith, Hubert “Sandy”Smith,* Bradford “Bobby” Smith,* Billy Smith, Florence “Sister” Tyson,* Julia Hubbard, Evelyn Smith, and Betty Smith. Rufus had four sisters-in-law: Colissia,* Ethelina,* Laura, and Ruth.* Two brothers-in-law: Jasper and Moses.* Rufus had one daughter-in-law, Colette. Rufus had one Goddaughter, Dorcella Shell. He leaves a host of nieces, nephews, and friends to cherish his memory.

*Resting in the arms of the Lord."

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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, December 6th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Shiloh Disciple Church of Christ
    7 West 128th Street
    NEW YORK, NY 10027
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  • Service

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 | 7:00pm
    Friday, December 6th, 2019 7:00pm
    Shiloh Disciple Church of Christ
    7 West 128th Street
    NEW YORK, NY 10027
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  • Interment

    Evergreen Cemetery


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Emma Haggins

Posted at 03:31pm
To: The Family of Rufus Smith
Thinking of you and praying for you in your time of sorrow. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal. We’re with you in heart, in soul and in spirit.
Please read this condolence in the service. Thank you!

North Carolina cousins: Jean, Creft, Hilda, and many others



Posted at 08:34am
To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that soon God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.”(Rev. 21:3,4) May this promise give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathies.


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