Funeral services for Vivian Smith, age 77, of Brownwood will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Mount Calvary Church of God In Christ in Coleman, Texas. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Mount Calvary COGIC.
She passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at her home in Brownwood, Texas.
Vivian was born April 3, 1935, to parents Mose Craddock and Mary Ann Simmons Craddock in Mount Pleasant, Titus County, Texas. She was the youngest of 17 siblings. She graduated in the class of 1953 from Booker T. Washington High School in Mount Pleasant, Texas. She moved to Phoenix, Ariz., immediately after high school where she met and was married to her husband Elder L.C. Smith on Jan. 28, 1959, at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Pastor Benny E. Dansby.? Mother Smith was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost at an early age and rededicated her life in 1973 as God sanctified her entire family beginning with her husband then her daughter and son-in-law. She served under the leadership of Bishop J.C. McGee of the Church Of God In Christ congregation. She later became a member of Whole Truth Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Supt. Sylvestor Colter. She received her first license as a deaconess missionary in 1980 under the late Mother Ola H. Garner, state supervisor, and the late Bishop Felton E. King, jurisdictional prelate.? Both Elder and Mother Smith had a strong desire to return to the state of Texas. They soon joined Powerhouse Church of God in Christ under the pastorate of Elder Eli Shavers until the Lord led Elder Smith to step out on faith.? Mother Smith became the First Lady of Whole Truth COGIC in Brownwood, Texas, after Bishop J.A. Alexander ordained Elder L.C. Smith for the work. They continued in this ministry which was later merged with Mount Calvary COGIC in Coleman, Texas, where she served faithfully for 28 years. She was installed by Mother Victorine Mackey with the approval of the late Bishop William Henry Watson II as district missionary of the Abilene District COGIC on March 23, 1983, and again served faithfully until she retired with full Emeritus status on March 1, 2009.? District Missionary Smith not only served on the local and district levels but also served within the Jurisdictional Department of Women as a member of the executive and advisory boards, state secretary, state finance chairperson, state financial advisor and national adjutant. ? Mother Smith possessed a great love for God and could be found in any given service sending up praises to Him. Her love for the ministry and for the people of God was unparalleled and her gentle, sweet spirit will be sorely missed by all. ? She is preceded in death by her parents; seven sisters, Eliza Brown, Eva Norman, Naola Burnett, Claudia Norman, Jessie Nixon, Connie Shine, and Alice Craddock; seven brothers, Hastin Craddock, Henry Craddock, Oscar Craddock, Finus Craddock, Talmage Craddock, Leslie Craddock, and Harrison Craddock; and one granddaughter, Lisa Inez Barnes.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Elder L.C. Smith; her only daughter, Mother Mary Barnes and husband Rudolph Sr. of Brownwood; two sons, Marcus Isaiah Smith of Brownwood and Stanley Smith and wife Shiki of Phoenix, Ariz; two brothers, Mose Craddock and Major I.Z. Craddock; one sister, Frances Flordia Mae Hill; 11 grandchildren, Rudolph Barnes Jr. and wife April, Kevin Barnes and wife Sonya, Vivian Sullivian and husband Irby, Joanie, Stanella, Aubrie, Brianna, Maya, Jada, London and Paris Smith; 15 great-grandchildren, James III, Jonathan, Jasmine, Kiana, Kyla, Kahlen, Kamille, Tyson, Dillon, Deondre', Wesley, Zaniya, Sarina, Nevach, Aiden; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.? Funeral services are under the direction of Brownwood Funeral Home and Cremations.