From Your Pastor

It is not often that I go out of town to do a funeral.

This month I have the privilege to do a memorial ser-
vice for both Col. Ray Smith and Roah at Arlington

Cemetery, Washington, DC. We talked of this with

Ray before he died. He always wanted to be buried

there, so he and Roah had been cremated when they

died and their four daughters have arranged this very

sacred ceremony for their parents. Col. Ray was a

lifer in the Army. He was a soldier of many years and

many experiences. He wrote of his career in the Army

in a book found in our library. He fought in WWII

going ashore at Normandy two weeks after D-Day and

fighting through the European theatre with General

George Patton’s outfit.


Ray was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and also

served in Vietnam leading many men and not losing

one, of which he was very proud. Col. Ray served in

the Army’s Command College and in the nuclear pro-
gram for the United States of America.


All this time Roah was a faithful Army wife raising

four girls alone, most of the time. She was the perfect

wife and perfect Army wife, Ray would say. When

you spent time with Roah she express her great pride

in Ray and his work for our country and how much

she enjoyed being a part of the Army all those years.

After Ray retired and they settled here in Anderson

they eventually became a part of our church family.

Ray and Roah were very active in Sunday School and

other activities of the church.

Slowly, Ray noticed and finally everyone else did too, that Roah was suffering

from dementia. Her disease finally took them away to live in Greenville where

there was care for Roah’s condition, even as it would progress sending her into

the nursing unit.

What a very sweet couple and one which I appreciated so much for their great

sacrifice they paid for our country’s freedom from the very beginning of their

marriage until their deaths. Roah was a gentle lady and Ray was a patriot to the

very end, who loved freedom, which he fought for and loved the country which

he almost died for many times, as he told his friends.

What a joy their daughters have given me. Pray for me as I go to lay them to

their final rest on this side of heaven, my brother and sister in Christ and my

friends, Col. Ray and Roah Smith.

Your Pastor