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Myrtle Hall Smith

Date of Death: 01/10/2018


Mrs. Myrtle Hall-Smith, of 313 Ackley Road, Greenville, South Carolina, was granted her angel wings on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the McCall Hospice House peacefully surrounded by family and friends.  Born July 26, 1946 in Greenville, South Carolina, a daughter of the late Oscar and Molly Cureton. She was adopted by the late Daisy and Clarence Hall. Myrtle was a very compassionate, loving, and caring woman.  She was a devoted faithful servant of the Lord.  She began her spiritual journey early in life singing while she was in the sixth grade. She attended Sterling High School in Greenville, South Carolina and graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York City.  Myrtle was very humbled that God gave her such a beautiful gift of song and embarked on her life’s mission to serve the people with her voice. Myrtle pursued her career and became a world renowned soloist with the Billy Graham Crusade for 25 years.  She sang to millions in countries all across the world using her rich soprano voice by performing in religious crusades and concerts thrilling audiences with resounding standing ovations.  Her honors and accolades include being a featured soloist at the World Baptist Alliance in Stockholm, Sweden, a private worship service for the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter, and the inauguration of South Carolina Governor Dick Riley.  After retirement, Myrtle spent her time giving her phenomenal personal testimony of making the impossible possible, exceeding adversity, and her resilience to never give up on God.  She continued to sing in various concerts using her renditions of gospel, church hymns, contemporary music, and Negro spirituals. 

Myrtle was married to Russell Smith December 27, 1987. They were married for 30 years.  Through this union she gain two step daughters, Shelita and Sheena, who she always loved and adored as her own. She is survived by her husband, Russell Smith of the home; two step-daughters, Shelita Smith and Sheena(Garry) Williams; three grandchildren, Madison, Gavin, and Justin; four brothers, Sammy(Pat)Roberts, Oscar(Sandra)Cureton, Thomas Cureton, and Tony Cureton; four, sisters Princess(Thomas)Way, Maude Shell, Ann(George)Howell, and Jean(James)Albert; two devoted long time childhood friends LaBarbara Sampson and Louella Butler; her father-in-law, Leroy Smith, Sr., one brother-in-law Leroy Smith Jr; six sister-in-law’s, Geri(Craig)Mossy, Lavern(Dru)Reid, Monice Smith, Ja’neen Smith, Gwendolyn Smith, and Mona Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral service will be held  2pm, Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Springfield Baptist Church with Bishop Samuel Zimmerman and Dr. Jeffery Brown officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Resthaven Memorial Gardens. The family is at the home.

Beasley Funeral Home, Greenville located at 715 Augusta Street is in charge of arrangements.  

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Suthenia woodruffy ()

You were a sweet person your family are in my prayers voice like an angel will be missed thank you for your beautiful voice but now you are singing in heaven rest own sweet lady god has plans for you now god bless your family

Suthenia woodruff ()

Teresa Duck ()

Mrs Myrtle will be missed by all that knew her. I loved talking with her every other day, watching her come out of the house dressed with her lip stick on. To the family myrtle knew the lord and with him is where she has made her new home until you meet again.

Kaye DeMars Pegram ()

I loved her beautiful voice. I remember her singing with the Billy Graham team. In 1975, she gave a concert at First Baptist in North Charleston, so I attended.she was such an angel with a powerful voice she lifted to God. I lost my son last week, but our faith tells us that our loved ones are with God. Be comforted and know this is true.

Portia Williams ()

Mrs. Smith will be missed. I took care of her at Downtime Davita Dialysis. She brought lots of joy to the clinic. The staff and the patients loved her greatly. I use to sit down and talk to her about her singing career and the places she traveled. She is gone but not forgotten. Rest in Peace Mrs. Myrtle. God has gained another angel.

Caroline Sweeting ()

What a blessing to have assurance she is with our Heavenly Father and we can look forward to that glad reunion day! Praying He will surround you and your family with peace during this time.

JoAnn Wroten ()

Keeping the family in my prayers. For to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. May He give you strength and peace at this time and always.

Sonjia Bruster ()

I'm so sorry to hear about Myrtle's passing, such a sweet person with a million dollar voice. Rest well darling, you are now singing with the angels.

Alfrieda Thompson ()

The knowledge that Mrytle is no longer among us is very sobering. The world has lost a very peaceful, sweet and talented spirit. However, the knowledge that she is with Christ and awaits you should give you peace and comfort. I pray that His comfort surrounds you completely.

Juanita Sizemore ()

My condolence's to the family, she was a very lovely person and I enjoyed her as a classmate and friend. She will be another voice in God's choir.

Ron Shea ()

I am so sorry for Russell and the family at the home going of Myrtle. I worked on several Billy Graham Crusades when she would come to sing. She was always fun to be around and devoted to the craft of her voice that she gave to tell people about Jesus. I am sure that Heaven is happy to have her today. She will be missed. Ron Shea

Romesena Huggins Holman ()

My family extends sincere condolences to the Smith family.We knew Myrtle,the Cureton and Hall families from Israel CME Church. I loved her beautiful voice and sweet spirit. May wonderful memories of her life give you peace and comfort.

Dr and Mrs Byron McNeill Jr ()

Our prayers , love and heart goes out to the Smith Family . Myrtle will forever be in our thoughts .

Rev.Booker T.Sears,Jr. ()

May God strengthen and keep you. Myrtle Hall-Smith was truly God’s gift to humanity,her voice inspired millions. It was truly a pleasure to know her personally. Her stilled voice yet resounds.Servant Of God well done. Rev. Booker T Sears,Jr Goodwill Baptist Church Bronx,N.Y.

Ronald Campbell ()

a great artists god bless her soul always Ronald Campbell bass baritone.

Linda ()

Smith Family, I am sorry for the lost of Mrytle and extend my condolences. She will be deeply missed. As the days past may Almighty God allow your thoughts be filled with all the good she did. Also may His promise at Acts 24:15 the resurrection hope, and Revlation 21:4, the earthly paradise give you comfort, hope and peace. Again, my condolences.

Dave and Rita Johnson ()

Dear Russell and Family, Rita and I were so disappointed to hear of Myrtle's passing. Myrtle and I became dear friends after her bouts with drug addiction. I was her first counselor she had as follow-up counseling after her inpatient treatment at Morris Village in the 990's. She will be remembered by many for various reasons. I remember her as one of the few that fought the demons of addiction and with God's help was able to overcome. I remember her telling me in a visit to her home after she was well into recovery that she felt closer to God through her "fall" and rise to recovery. I was blessed to have Myrtle sing a concert at Berea First Baptist Church. She came and spoke to my recovery groups. One of those times with a local television station there. I enjoyed the good visits we had in her home after she was unable to travel, with the trips to the dialysis center as exception. I know that Myrtle is singing in God's choir right now. Due to some of my own health issues, I find it impossible to attend the wake and funeral. Russell, please know that you and your family are in Rita's and my prayers. God grant you peace. Dave and Rita Johnson

Rita Mayell ()

My deepest condolences to Russell, Shelita, Sheena and the rest of the family. I first met Myrtle when I was about 9 years old. My sister, Dorothy and Myrtle were roommates while both were serving in NYC for a Billy Graham crusade. That is when it began. Myrtle had this way of knowing who needed to be loved on and seemed drawn to those who might have felt like they did not belong. I was one of those kids. Over the next many years as our family would attend a Billy Graham Crusade there was Myrtle who sought me out with her big hug full of acceptance and radiant smile embracing every insecurity away. She gave me my first pair of pierced earrings and convinced my parents that it was ok to have my ears pierced. Several years later I did have my ears pierced and those earrings were my favorite ones to wear. I lost touch with Myrtle but never stopped looking for her. Four years ago, I found her through a new precious friend Kim Hall who works with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. I am forever grateful for that connection. I went to visit Myrtle a few times and what continuously poured out of her was God's grace and acceptance. She was honest about her life and how God had met her face to face in every dark situation and had caused her to see heaven's perspective. It radically changed her heart. She did not see her mistakes but truly had encountered His love which is grace full of power. I am grateful for those special times we ate dinner or sat around her kitchen table laughing about old times or dreaming about those things we carried in our hearts. Myrtle was my friend and I loved her and adored her. I am really sad she is not here. I will miss our talks and the joy they brought to me but when I think about where she is, I can only rejoice knowing for certain I will see her again. Sometimes when I close my eyes I can almost hear her incessant chatter in heaven as she talks with Jesus and all of those whom had gone on before. I can hear her in the chorus in heaven and for me I know she is one of many of a cloud of witnesses that cheers me onward to embrace God the Father, son and Holy Spirit as my friends, the trinity she so intimately had encountered.

Margaret D. Newton ()

Your love one is gone from you to God in whose keeping we trust. God will wake her from sleep, soothe her with His tenderness, touch her with His grace and take her from this world to a better brighter place. Our love ones never die but live on in our hearts and memory. May your faith sustain you and may the love and prayers of those who care comfort you. My prayers go up for you.

Jacqueline B Ellis ()

Our prayers and love to the family. Sincerely, Betty J Atchison Ellis and Jacqueline B Ellis.

Reginald Pearson-- Classmate at LHS ()

May the family receive strength and comfort during these difficult times. Myrtle was a delight and joy to be around. Her beautiful voice was like no other.

Marie Chapman ()

My Love with Prayers are always with my family, a beautiful angel is now present with The Lord, Family and Friends. My Blessings are with you😇

Rev. Wayne Hopkins ()

Myrtle was a truly unique gift to this world from God above. Her smile, her voice, and her heart were each over-sized, and she was unafraid to overcome any situation with love. To hear her sing was to hear the sound of angels. To receive a gift from her let you know that she cared deeply and that she would help anyone in any way she could. Although she traveled the world, she was never ashamed to feature her family and friends from Greenville; and she brought pride to the hearts of everyone who knew her beyond the glare of the stage. God has now called her to a command performance, and it is in His presence that she shall receive the greatest appreciation for all eternity. Rest in Peace, Cousin. We love you!

Bruce and Sophia Nowell ()

Our deepest sympathy to the family, you are in our prayers. Hearts Remember Long After. Cousin Bruce

Dr. Shirley Mae Williams Thompson ()

I remember her quite well. In high school, we appeared on the same program.. I admired her greatly... I send prayers to the Hall and Smith Families. May God keep her in His care.....

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