Rev. Donald F. Smith

May 22, 1953 - November 6, 2021
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Donald Frank Smith, age 68, Pastor of the Waynesfield Baptist Church, was called home by his Lord and Savior, November 6th, 2021, at St. Rita’s Mercy Health. He was born on May 22, 1953, in Middlesboro, Kentucky to the late Garrett and Louise (Yeary) Smith.

He was a graduate of Williamsburg Baptist College in Williamsburg, Kentucky where he dedicated his life to the ministry. Reverend Don was called to minister at the Waynesfield Baptist Church on November 18, 1984, where he has a large church family and will be greatly missed. Prior to going to Waynesfield he was a youth pastor at the First Baptist Church in Urbana. Don was very active in the Waynesfield area and loved being a part of the community and helping others. The church was his second family and he spent much of his time helping grow the church and being there for them. He enjoyed hosting exchange students and loved to travel the world. Later in life, he organized tours and teaching others the history of Israel and other places. Pastor Don will be remembered for serving the Lord, his smile, always willing to help others, and being a good and faithful servant. Don was a good man!

Surviving family include a brother, James F. Smith of Kentucky; a sister, Glenda R. (Matthew) Runkle of Urbana, Ohio; 2 nephews, Tim Smith of Kentucky and Jeremiah Runkle of North Carolina along with 2 nieces, Shelly (Shane) Evans of Kentucky, and Barbara (Shane) Jenks of Urbana, Ohio, and 6 great nieces and Nephews and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by a nephew – Benjamin Veness, cousins David Yeary and Timothy Owens.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 3:00 and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Thursday, November 11, 2021, at Waynesfield Baptist Church and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Funeral services will begin 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 12, 2021, at Waynesfield Baptist Church. Rev. Carlos King, a good friend will officiate. Burial will be in the Yeary Family Cemetery in Kentucky.

Memorial contributions may be made to Waynesfield Baptist Church.

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Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Waynesfield Baptist Church


512 Westminster Street, Waynesfield, OH,

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Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Waynesfield Baptist Church


512 Westminster Street, Waynesfield, OH,

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Date: Friday, November 12, 2021

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Service Information

Date: Friday, November 12, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

Waynesfield Baptist Church


512 Westminster Street, Waynesfield, OH,

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Timeline for Rev. Donald F. Smith

Born: May 22, 1953
May 31, 2018
Vacation in Maine
Vacation in Maine
July 14, 2012
Beach Wedding
Beach Wedding
September 2, 2021
August 2, 2015
Austin’s baptism
Austin’s baptism
June 2, 2016
Pastor Don with a few of his favorite girls
Pastor Don with a few of his favorite girls
Died: November 6, 2021

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Theresa Daugherty Rousculp posted on 11/19/21

In memory of Rev. Donald F. Smith, Theresa Daugherty Rousculp lit a candle


Donna posted on 11/12/21

Don was such a huge influence in my life. I remember every vbs camp with him. He was always a positive and uplifting guy. Grandma Erma is surely welcoming him into heaven with open arms. I remember days she would cook extra food to take to Don or he would come over for dinner. He will greatly missed but his memory will forever live on.


Angela Birt posted on 11/12/21

We are so thankful to have been able to get to know you. You will truly be missed.


Darin Spencer posted on 11/12/21

Although I do not attend Waynesfield Baptist, I did know Don fairly well. He always seemed happy to see me and would go out of his way to come to me to say hi and to see how things are going. He was always well received from the community. My family thought highly of him. From my wife and I down to my youngest. He will truly be missed. Go rest high Don. Your work is done. Love Darin and Tamara Spencer Bink, Sam, Belle and Abi.


Tammy Gunnell posted on 11/11/21

Thank you!! For being such a great man I enjoyed my talks with you and I get my condolence to your family and friends Kevin and Tammy Gunnell


Antônio Perilo posted on 11/11/21

Dear Don, you’ll be missed. Great person, excellent pastor and friend. Rest in peace🙏🏽


Dr. Jim & Sherri Rankin posted on 11/10/21

On behalf of my wife and I (Pastor-Dr. Jim & Sherri Rankin), and everyone at Adventures In Truth, we are so thankful for the times we were able to spend with Pastor Don, but we will truly miss him. This man was a true friend, and even though our hearts hurt, we are without a doubt positive that Don is happier now than at any other time in his life. He loved his church, he loved the Lord, and he lived life to the fullest. The world will miss this man, we will miss him, but Jesus has welcomed a great saint home. Love you Pastor Don…your greatest adventure has begun!


Donald Messer posted on 11/10/21

In memory of Rev. Donald F. Smith, Donald Messer lit a candle


Laura Carter Shepherd posted on 11/10/21

I have spent many an hour with Pastor Don outside of church. He knew he was always welcome at my parents house for Sunday dinner or any dinner really. We were lucky enough to spend time with him at our various holiday functions and sometimes just sitting outside visiting on any given day . I will always remember all these joyous memories, his smile and his laugh. We love you Padtor Don. We always have and we always will!!


Laura Carter Shepherd posted on 11/10/21

There aren't enough words in the English language to express what an amazing person Pastor Don Smith was. I am a better person for knowing him. I am blessed he was part of my church family and family family. He will never be forgotten. He is loved by more people than it's possible to count.


Bruce Helton posted on 11/10/21

Don was a tremendous mentor for me when I readjusted my life and returned to church. Miss you Don.


RITA MOTTER posted on 11/9/21

To the Family of Pastor Don and the Church Family....what a blessing and honor it has been for me to have known Pastor Don...He was always there when he was needed most without hesitation or question...Pastor Don was a minister to all.His faith was his calling card...I am proud and honored to have known him....Please know my prayers and thoughts go out to all the family ...as well as THE CHURCH FAMILY...TILL WE MEET AGAIN MY FRIEND ...TILL WE MEET AGAIN RITA MOTTER


Rachel (slone) Sobeski posted on 11/8/21

Although not a member of his church my family is he was a great man may god hold his physical and church family in his loving arms he will surely be missed offering my condolences to the family.


Charles Rousculp posted on 11/8/21

Pastor Don's easy-going and welcoming nature, combined with his devout faith, made him a friend to many in the community and a stranger to few. I was glad to have known him as a kid growing up in the church and the years that followed. I have many fond memories from youth group, rockathons ("Rock!") road trips and get togethers. Don made the world a better place for many of us. I'll mourn his loss but I've no doubt he's now in his heavenly home.


Reverend Linda E Stafford posted on 11/8/21

During my time as pastor of the New Hampshire U.M. Church Don worked with a number of us ministers to develop the release time religious education program at the Waynesfield school. He was always willing to share his time with fellow pastors of all denominations as well as with his church and community. Don was a great Christian and a fine individual and I know his loss will be felt by so many folks. He truly blessed us all. Reverend Linda Stafford


Flo and Ray Edgington posted on 11/8/21

A great man that will be missed.Even thpugh we did not attend his church he came to the hospital many times when I was very sick he prayed with me and for me and sat many hrs. with my husband in the waiting rooms


Amy Whetstone Dotson posted on 11/8/21

Pastor Don, What a wonderful pastor and friend you have been. There will be many precious memories and great laughs to remember you always. How comforting it is to know you're in the loving arms of our Lord. Until we all meet again.


Tom Bodell posted on 11/8/21

RIP Pastor Don. You will be missed by so many of your friends. Your service to our community will always be rememberd.


Kenneth Stocker family posted on 11/8/21

Don was a good friend to the Motter and Stocker family's. He had a wonderful singing voice and enjoyed singing karaoke with us. Don was also involved in community events including starting trunk-or-treat and supporting all sports teams. Don will be missed RIP and thanks for everything he did for us.


Diana Carter posted on 11/8/21

Don will definitely be missed❤️.


Rev. Pat King posted on 11/8/21

Don was a good friend and fine Pastor. I will miss him. We had fine times together when we served in Waynesfield together. May God greet him with, "Well done, good and faithful servant. ..." My condolences to his family and the Waynesfield Baptist Church on their loss.


Missy Hefner posted on 11/8/21

You will forever be remembered and cherished by so many. Heaven was blessed upon your homecoming for sure! Our tears shared show just how much you meant to so many… I remember many of your sermons but one that stands out is when you played Tim McGraw’s “Live like you were dying” and that morning sermon you preached about just that & sang that song it sure hits my heartstrings today. Until we see you again Godspeed Pastor 💙