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J.W. Smoot

FROM THE BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF PRIMITIVE OR OLD SCHOOL BAPTIST MINISTERS BY DAVID MONTGOMERY AND MARK GREEN: 

ELDER JOHN WILLIAM SMOOT

Elder John William Smoot died Monday morning, March 9, 1964, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Fulton McEldowney of Needmore, Pa. He was born August 19, 1874, in Hampshire County, West Va., the son of John William and Sarah Elizabeth (Hardy) Smoot.

He was married to the late Margaret Jane Ganoe in the year of 1895; one child was born to their union, which died at childbirth. Their entire married life was spent in Hampshire and Morgan Counties, where they engaged in general farming.

Brother Smoot became interested in spiritual affairs early in life after God began a good work within his heart. He jointed the Old School or Primitive Baptist Church at Little Cacapon Church in Hampshire County W. Va. and was baptized by Elder B. W. Power in November 1907. He became a member of Little Cacapon Church and was ordained to preach in the year of 1912. He pastored Little Cacapon Church from 1932 until his death.

Elder Smoot's labors in the ministry consisted in the serving of several churches in West Virginia and one in Pennsylvania: Ten Mile Run Church in Clarksburg, W. Va.; Old Union Church in Augusta, W. Va.; Mt. Bethel Church in Three Churches, W. Va.; Bethel Church in Kirby, W. Va.; Little Cacapon Church near Paw Paw, W. Va., and Tonoloway Church in Fulton County, Pa.

Although Elder Smoot did not travel extensively, he was an able defender of the doctrine and faithfully served the churches of his care. He gave up the care of all churches in the last few years of his life but continued to serve Little Cacapon until his death. In his last days his mind was clear and given strength to preach in power and blessed of the Spirit. He was given strength to dress himself on the morning of his death but succumbed to death after a short spell of stomach pains.

After the death of Mrs. Smoot in May 1953, Elder Smoot sold his home in Great Cacapon, W. Va. and made his home with Brother and Sister Jarnes Fulton McEldowney in Needmore, Pa.



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