Norman Wesley Smith, 94, of Belton, died on Friday, September 24, 2021, at the Rainey Hospice House, Anderson.
Born on May 18, 1927, in the Hillside community, Greenville County, he was the son of Grover and Vera Smith. He graduated from Fork Shoals High School and Furman University. After thirty-five years with the Internal Revenue Service, he started Smith Tax and Accounting Service in Belton, and, later, his own business as a tax consultant.
He was married for fifty-seven years to the late Virginia Campbell Smith. They were the dedicated parents of five children—two sets of twins and a single: Keith (Beth) Smith of Richmond, VA; Kaye (Steve) Morrow of Birchwood, TN; Jerry (Donna) Smith of Belton; Dennis (Janet) Smith of Newberry, SC; and Donna Bradberry, Anderson. He was “Papa” to twelve grandchildren (and their spouses) and twenty-three great-grandchildren.
He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Belton, for seven decades, serving long tenures as church treasurer, deacon, Sunday School teacher, Training Union director, member of many committees, and member of the sanctuary choir and Live Wires senior choir. He was the treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of Anderson Interfaith Ministry (AIM) for many years, while also interviewing persons who came in for emergency assistance at both AIM and Belton Interfaith Ministries Association (BIMA). He was a Christian devotional leader at senior citizens’ groups and assisted living/nursing homes, including the Maples Retirement Community in Honea Path.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 28, at the Garden of Memories, Belton. The Reverend Dr. Keith Smith (son), will officiate, assisted by the Reverend Taylor Campbell (brother-in-law). Worship in song will be provided by the Reverend Robert Beaver.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 366, Belton, SC 29627; Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621; or Anderson Interfaith Ministry, 1201 S. Murray Ave., Anderson, SC 29624.
Cox Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smith family.
Hospice of the Upstate
1835 Rogers Road, Anderson SC 29621
Belton First Baptist Church
105 Brown Avenue, Belton SC 29627
Anderson Interfaith Ministry
1201 S, Murray Ave., Anderson SC 29624