Beulah Maxine's Story
Beulah Maxine Boggs Smith of Princeton, WV passed away to meet her Lord on June 20, 2017 while staying in Conway, SC. Born January 12, 1939, in Coolville, OH (Athens County), she was the daughter of the late Ruby Carson Boggs, Sr. and Florence Augusta Tilton Boggs. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
As a 1956 graduate of Rome-Canaan High School in Stewart, OH, Beulah was co-salutatorian and treasurer of her class. She was also a member of the school marching band and the Ladies Ensemble. After graduation she was employed by Ohio University as a Clerk Typist 1 in the Purchasing Office in Athens County.
In 1957 Beulah met the love of her life, Wallace Smith, and they were married in August 1958. Hearing the Lord's call upon their lives into full time ministry in 1966, they entered Appalachian Bible College in Beckley, WV in 1968 with three sons. Upon graduation and following a brief pastorate in Covington, VA, they moved to Princeton, WV, with four sons, to pastor Maranatha Baptist Church until retirement in 2011. Beulah faithfully and admirably served the Lord over thirty-eight years alongside her late husband, Pastor Wallace Smith.
Throughout the years she served as her husband's Secretary, Secretary for the Ladies Missionary Endeavor, and Secretary for the Joy Fellowship Senior Group. She was also a member of the church choir and director of the church nursery for 38 years. She was a member of the Appalachian Bible College Ladies Auxiliary. In the early years of Maranatha Christian Academy (now Mercer Christian Academy), she served as a school secretary for four years.
Most importantly, prior to all these good works that God accomplished through Beulah's life, she, as a young woman, placed her faith in Jesus Christ and HIS Gospel, believing HIM for HIS salvation. Her life gave evidence she was saved by grace through faith according to the Scriptures. (Eph.2:8-9; 1 Cor. 15:1-4) Her priority in life was to serve her Lord and to be a Godly wife and homemaker for her family whom she loved very much. She also loved her Church family and was dedicated to their welfare, always desiring to help and encourage them in any way she could. Her home was always open and hospitable to many evangelists, missionaries, and friends throughout the years. When time permitted, she enjoyed reading, quilting, sports, family games, and visiting family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Rev. Wallace Smith, a grandson, Tyler Smith (Omaha, NE), six brothers and one sister: Sgt. Ruby Carson Boggs, Jr. (killed in WW2 at the Battle of the Bulge), Sgt. Leland Boggs, Basil Boggs, Glennis Boggs, Ellis Boggs, Lowell Boggs, and Marilyn Boggs Gordon Myers.
She is survived by her four loving sons: Brian Smith of Princeton, WV. David Smith (Kali) of Omaha, NE. Rev. Doug (Julie) Smith of Conway, SC. Patrick (Angel) Smith of Richland, WA. Two sisters-in law: Wanda Boggs of Gallipolis, OH, and Catherine Boggs of Belpre, OH. Thirteen Grandchildren: Cheri (Tony) Mahon, Michael Smith, Jade Smith Gore (Adam), Austin Smith, Sydney Smith, Hannah Smith Thompson (Jason) , Mike (Emma) Smith, Tony Smith, Nicolas Smith, Daniel (Mary Kathryn) Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Joshua Smith, and Matthew Smith. Nine Great Grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at Maranatha Baptist Church, Princeton, WV on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 6:00 PM with Pastor Doug Smith and Pastor Marvin Mills officiating. Friends may call at the church from 4:00 PM until the service hour on Wednesday. Graveside service and burial will be at the Coolville Cemetery in Coolville, OH at 1:00PM, Thursday, June 29, 2017. Those attending the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery by the service hour.
The family is served by Seaver Funeral Home, Princeton, WV.
The family would like to thank Lower Cape Fear Hospice, and their entire team, for their excellent, loving care of Beulah since April 26, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the building fund of Maranatha Baptist Church, 314 Oakvale Rd., Princeton, WV 24740.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com.
Published on June 26, 2017