History of the Restoration Movement

Dan Leon Smith


The Life Of Dan L. Smith

Daniel Leon Smith was born September 1st, 1933 in Washington, Pennsylvania. He was baptized in April 1946. He married Norma Jean Bice July 9, 1955. They had four children: Danna; Steven; David; and Daniel Jeffrey.

Dan began preaching in Clarksburg, West Virginia in 1953. He received his Bible training at Montgomery Bible College, (now Faulkner University) in Montgomery, Alabama. Churches he service includes the church in Waynesburg, PA, from 1955-1960; followed by the church in Connellsville, PA from 1960 to 1975. In that fifteen year period the church grew from a group of about twenty people meeting in a rented hall to having a building that will seat over four hundred, and was almost completely out of debt. In July of 1975, the family moved back to his hometown in Washington PA where he preached for the church on Allison Ave. in that city.

Dan excelling in gospel meeting work, having reported at one time to have conducted 97 evangelistic meeting over the space of about three years. He also did a good bit of radio evangelism over the years.
-Scott Harp, 11.12.2019, Preachers Of Today, v.5, page 251.

Daniel Leon Smith, Searcy, Ark

Daniel Leon Smith, 80, of Searcy received his reward and was welcomed into heaven on March 8, 2014. He was born on Sept. 1, 1933 to the late Harold and Florence Smith in Summerville, Pa.

He was a minister at Highway Church of Christ having served as a minister in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas for the past 60 years. He attended Montgomery Bible College, which is currently Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala. 

He will be remembered as a faithful, kindhearted, loving, affable and overall great man who touched countless lives. His lifetime mission was to share the Lord with everyone he met. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Norma Jean Bice; his daughter, Danna (Brian) Mayhall of Searcy; sons, Steven (Vicky) Smith of Floral, David (Jodie) Smith of Brentwood, Tenn. and Jeffrey (Bridget) Smith of Searcy. Grandchildren are Malesa McLeod, Taylor, Brennan and Keaton Smith, Brad and Ben Smith and Kimberly Moore, Zoe Grace and Lane Smith. Great-grandchildren are Charlotte and Theo Hiltz and Clement McLeod.

He is also survived by five brothers; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; three brothers; and his granddaughter, Amelia Mayhall Hiltz.

Visitation with the family will be Monday, March 10, 6-8 p.m., at Powell Funeral Home in Searcy with funeral service on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Highway Church of Christ, Judsonia.

Arrangements entrusted to Powell Funeral Home of Searcy. www.powellfuneralhome.net.

Published March 9, 2014, Source: Arkansas Democrat Gazette

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Directions To Grave

Oak Grove Cemetery in Searcy, Arkansas. Oak Grove is the oldest cemetery in Searcy and is located in the north central part, near downtown. If looking at a map, the location is on E. Moore. If traveling from Main Street turn north on N. Horton and it will dead end into E. Moore with the cemetery straight ahead. At the rear of the cemetery you will enter the new section of the cemetery called Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The Shackelford plot is in the first section on your right.

GPS Location
35°15'18.4"N 91°43'49.3"W
35.255096, -91.730358

GPS Location

Dan L. Smith
September 1, 1933
March 8, 2014
Beloved Husband, Father and Minister
A life devoted to Christ

Photos Taken 09.29.2019
Webpage produced 11.12.2019
Courtesy Of Scott Harp


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