The Rev. Dr. Albert Johnston “Buddy” Smith met the Author and finisher of his faith when he passed away at 5:10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 10, at Wilkes Regional Medical Center, in North Wilkesboro, N.C. He was 87 years young. Rev. Smith had suffered a series of health setbacks, most recently battling pneumonia. He had just been placed in the care of Pruitt Health Hospice - Wilkes.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., at Rose Glen Village, 407 West Main St., Wilkesboro, N.C.
Rev. Smith was born May 7, 1929, in Charlotte, N.C., to the late Daisy and Joseph Smith. Rev. Smith attributed his faith foundation to his mother, Daisy Louise Smith. Rev. Smith was 18 years old when he accepted Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade in Charlotte. That next week, he made a lifelong commitment to Gospel ministry. Rev. Smith attended Tennessee Temple College, Bethel College, and Covington Seminary, earning a doctorate in ministry. Albert faithfully served Cumberland Presbyterian Churches in numerous states. Pastor Smith served on boards and agencies at all denominational levels; he also served on community boards and organizations. He authored a biography and contributed to a commentary on the book of Matthew. Upon retiring in 2010 after more than 61 years of pastoral ministry, Albert and June moved to Wilkesboro, N.C.
Along with his service in the pulpit, Pastor Smith held many other ministry-related jobs. Most notably, he ministered to the homeless, “down and out,” alcoholics, and drug addicts through the Memphis Union Mission, Memphis, Tenn. Albert was a federal prison case worker, Juvenile Officer, and City Marshall.
Albert is survived by his wife of 61 years, Evelyn June Smith; his son Joe and wife Michele of Wilkesboro, N.C.; his daughter Janiece R. Fleming of Attalla, Ala.; and his son Jim Smith and wife Nancy of Paducah, Ky. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Carrie M. Leonard and husband Craig of Huntersville, N.C., along with their son and Albert’s great-grandson Anderson; Bryan Patrick Johnston Fleming of Springfield, Mo.; Elizabeth Christine Fleming of Attalla, Ala.; and Savannah Michele Smith of Paducah, Ky. Bro. Smith also leaves sister Ellen Polson; sister Shirley Dutton; brother Wylie Smith; and brother Bill and wife Rosanne; sister-in-law Francis Smith; and sister-in-law Helen Smith.
Albert was preceded in death by parents Joseph Sherman Smith and Daisy Louis Hartis Smith; sister Nancy Mayes and husband Buck; brother-in-law JB Polson; brother Joe Smith; brother James Smith; brother-in-law Marty Dutton; sister-in-law Ann Smith; and grandson Jordan Hamilton Smith.
The family wishes to thank all who provided loving, healing care to Rev. Smith, including Wilkes Regional Hospital and Hospice, and the loving staff of Rose Glenn Retirement Village.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Autism Society of America, In Memory of Rev. Albert J. Smith.