Martha Louise Smith

Published 3:18 am Tuesday, February 22, 2011

By Staff
On Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, beloved Miss Louise Smith departed this home for her Eternal home in Heaven.
Born Oct. 31, 1922, Martha Louise was born to William Harvey and Minnie Elizabeth Barrington Smith. Louise was the oldest of 10 children (seven girls and three sons).
Louise attended Bear Creek School, graduated from Chocowinity High School in 1940 and accepted Jesus into her heart as Lord and Savior. During the spring of her senior year, Louise knew she was called to be a missionary. To prepare for this missionary work, she attended Holmes Bible College and Furman University where she graduated in 1947. After getting her degree, she went before the Pentecostal Holiness Mission Board to make preparations to go to the mission field. While waiting for her assignment, Louise taught third grade at Chocowinity School. There she taught for five years before going to serve in India on Oct. 31, 1952, (her birthday). After serving 25 years in India, Louise returned home in September of 1977 due to the illness of her mother. After her mother’s death, Louise went to Durbin, South Africa. She worked in Indian churches for four or five years. She retired in early spring of 1992. Since retiring, Louise made her home in the community of Chocowinity.
Louise was an active member of Hodges Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church. Her life in the mission field of India and South Africa as well as her “work” at Hodges Chapel was dedicated to spreading God’s work to the lost.
Louise is survived by sisters, Elizabeth S. Clark of Virginia Beach, Va., Margie S. Lanning of Northampton, Penn., Lucille S. McDonald of Lufkin, Texas, and Ruby Meeks of Chocowinity; two brothers, William E. Smith of Chocowinity and James Thurman Smith of Plymouth; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Evaleen Elliott of Washington, Doris S. Res of Phoenix, Ariz., and a brother, Euleus Smith of Phoenix, Ariz.
Special thanks to caregiver Rose Alligood and all of the caring people who attended her.
Flowers will be appreciated, but the family encourages donations be made to World Mission Ministries, P.O. Box 12609, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Missions were Louise’s life and this would further her lifelong work.
Visitation will be at Paul Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and other times at her home, 1747 Carrow Road, Chocowinity. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hodges Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church, 572 Carrow Road, Chocowinity.
The following will serve as pallbearers: Theron Buck, Mike Smith, Ricky Clark, Major Clark, Jimmy Lanning and Aubrey Bradshaw. Members of the Men’s Fellowship will serve as honorary pallbearers.
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Paul Funeral Home of Washington is honored to serve the Smith family.
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