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David Matthews Smith, 1956-1999

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  Only on rare occasions does someone come into your life who truly makes a difference. David Matthews Smith was one such person. All my life I have heard the term "kindred spirit." David Smith was a true kindred spirit for me. He lived his life with love and grace that were always present. David loved life and lived life to the fullest. Each day was filled with special moments.

  David was born on July 14, 1956, to Alson and Margarette Smith who reside in Winchester, Virginia. He struggled with life, relationships, and ministry. Out of these struggles blossomed a beautiful, spirit-filled life that touched the lives of many. His ministry was real and authentic. He was a free spirited young man who shared God’s love in many ways. I was blessed with the opportunity to be somewhat of a mentor to David; however, David taught me more at times than I taught him. His love for the Lord was reflected in every aspect of his living. He was a true friend and he loved everyone who came his way.

  David approached his ministry as he did life. He never got hung up on theology or church denominations when it came to ministering to all people alike. David was very flexible in his work keeping the needs of others as the focal point of his ministry. It was said by one of his church members, David lived out the 25th Chapter of Matthew. What greater thing could be said of anyone? David Matthews Smith will be missed by many because he touched many.

— David T. Hampton

 

 

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