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Chatom couple inducted into Washington Co. Hall of Famecomment (0)

June 10, 2010


What might serving Washington County in an exemplary manor earn a citizen? Just ask Bobby and Betty Smith, members of Spring Bank Baptist Church, Chatom, in Washington Baptist Association.

Their “exemplary lifestyle and service” garnered them an induction into the Washington County Hall of Fame on May 7. A plaque of recognition is on display at the Washington County Courthouse in Chatom.

“[The Smiths] are well known in our county and are well liked by everyone,” said Barbara Waddell, Washington County’s museum curator who was in charge of the induction ceremony. “You call them up and they are ready to help you out.”

And this is not the first time the Smiths have been honored. The pair received the United Way Humanitarian award in 2008 for their community service to Washington County.

While Bobby is now semiretired as a pastor, the couple spent 57 years leading small churches, where the resources were few, Betty said. “When God called us to be a Christian, He called us to serve, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”

They did this while also being on-call 24 hours a day for many years (1971–1993) running Smith Ambulance Service. Bobby also served as the Washington County coroner and emergency medical technician, while Betty worked at various times at the county hospital, nursing home and an area bank.

Betty also served as a full-time pianist in two churches and an assistant in five other churches where Bobby served as pastor.

Bobby was ordained at Antioch Baptist Church, Grove Hill, in 1953 and served Spring Bank Baptist; Pine Level Baptist Church, Chatom; First Baptist Church, Chatom; Fairhope Baptist Church; Cullomburg Baptist Church, Silas; Chapel Hill Baptist Church; Laton Hill Baptist Church, Chatom; and Good Springs Baptist Church, Winn. He also served as moderator of Washington Association, a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains and chaplain of the Washington County Court and the Chatom Police Department.

The Smiths have two adult daughters.

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