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Death of pastors’ brother/uncle

We were saddened to learn of the death of Larry David Smith, brother of GCI pastor Tom Smith and uncle of GCI pastor Carrie Smith. The information below was provided by Carrie.

Brothers Larry and Tom Smith
Larry (left) with his brother Tom Smith

Larry, a resident of Bristol, TN, died at age 78 on August 23. His wife Betsy preceded him in death in 2007. Four children survive: daughter Suzie Arnie; and three sons: Mike, Scott, and Kevin.

Given the ten years between their ages, Tom considered Larry not only a beloved brother, but also his “second dad.” Carrie had the opportunity to minister to Larry’s children through the difficult final stages of their father’s life. Carrie wrote about this experience:

These past several weeks have been a trying time for his children as a visit to the doctor led to a hospital stay, moving to ICU, and making some hard decisions about what is best for their father. I had the privilege to come alongside them during that difficult time.

Carrie and her uncle
Larry with his niece Carrie Smith

God definitely works in mysterious ways. As Larry’s children prepare to celebrate the full life of a wonderful man, I am currently in Ohio celebrating the beginning of life as Hope Pregnancy Center (in Clarksville, TN where I serve in ministry) is training to “GO” into the community with our mobile unit this fall. What an incredible opportunity God gives us to journey together from beginning to end, no matter the point (or points) of intersection in someone’s life. This is what matters: Life WITH others, in relationship, for their good. Multiplying joys and sharing sorrows. Life together. Thank You, Lord that You have made us for relationship—with YOU and others.

Cards to the family may be sent to:

Tom Smith
346 Steele St
Monroeville, PA 15146-4656

2 thoughts on “Death of pastors’ brother/uncle”

  1. Dear Smith Family,

    Although I never met Larry, because I know so many of you wonderful Smiths, I can be sure that he was a blessing to all the lives he touched. My condolences to you all.

    Todd Woods

  2. Tom, sorry to hear of your brothers and second dads death. We all know that death brings sorrow, but not the sorrow of those who have no hope. You and Pam will be in our prayers

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