- 53 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 3, 1958
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Jan 11, 2012
- Place of passing:
Long Island, New York, United States
|Let the memory of Pastor Leighton be with us forever|
"Brother I can't get you out of my mind! Yes it's early in the morning and I just had to write this little tribute. Your prophecies as they relate to end-time events are being fulfilled before our very eyes.
Doing my part in blessing others with your book which is still receiving rave reviews and is relevant today. Always will remember you Dave. Memories of you are permanently etched in my mind.
RIP Bro. Dawn-Sister"
"My beloved brother........not a day pass that you're not in my thoughts..R.I.P..Gone but not forgotten......love you FOREVER!"
"Every Friday night when I tune in to Countdown, I miss Pastor Smith still. Countdown just isn't the same without him. Always an ache in my heart"
"Hi Pastor, As far as l am concern you are still with me l can't get you out of my head or spirit, l am happy about that cause l don't ever want to forget you, l enjoy your visits, even though you don't talk much but I am happy to see you and looking forward to the next crusade you love to get me involve with. How could anyone forget you, you have left us with so much wisdom, I still share what you have taught me to all that l am in contact with. Thank you Pastor"
"Pastor Smith you would be proud of The FEM family we are still standing strongh despite the challenges. One thing I can say, we are still receiving favor from the people you have connected us to, and for this we are so grateful. You were not an ordinary pastor..you have impacted many many lives. We thank the Lord for sharing you with us for all those years. Your memories lives on in our hearts.. YOU ARE ALWAYS MISSED"
"Wow ..yes its really five years since you left us to your new home but I just can't get use to you not around. There are so many memories that kept me looking back and just wish you were here..I have to remind myself that you are not here and life goes on. LS you taught me well so I just have to make the adjustment, trust the Lord to guide and strengthen me to cope and do whatever its take to assist in this great work you left behind.. Its not easy but God's grace is sufficient for me...Rest in peace my beloved. YOU ARE MISSED"
Our best wishes are yours
You left us saddened
You've left us blessed
...and so it's no wonder you're forever missed
Since we said our last goodbyes
Eyes dimmed with tears then
But by faith we know that was not the end
Death may have taken hold
But I know the victory is won
For in the arms of our Saviour so blessed
You've found sweet rest
Our faith is still strong
For we know of a certain
One sweet day we will meet again"
"Yes it is for real 5 years since you have left this side of the vineyard
No matter what anyone says about grief, and about healing all wounds, the truth is therefore certain sorrows never fades away until the heart stops beating, and the last breath is taken. We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we love you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to loose you. You didn't go alone, part of us your siblings went with you. You left us peacefully. Memories you love is still our guide and though we cannot see, you are always at our sides. Our family chain
is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one the chain will link mend again. They say that there is a reason,and that time will heal the pain. but neither time or reason will change the way i feel. The heartache that lies behind our smile,are real. No one knows the many times we have broken down and cried. We want to tell you brother , so there be no doubt, you are so wonderful to think of , but so hard to live without. So for now we will think of you as resting from the sorrows and pain, in a place of comfort. Continue to live in the hearts of those whose lives you have touched. NOTHING LOVED IS EVER LOST BECAUSE YOU WERE LOVED SO MUCH. REST REST"
"Today marks five years since you left us. Admittedly, I found it easier this time to pen this tribute without getting emotional. Today, not by coincidence I believe, the devotionals I read highlighted the topic "Sorrow's Aftermath" and I am able to put my pain in perspective. I cannot tell you how much you are missed but while my flesh and heart fail, God has given me the strength to go on. Brother, you have fought a good fight, finished your course and gone Home to be with your Lord and Savior. I also took a stroll down memory lane to reflect on the words of an anonymous author:
"I have been through the valley of weeping; The valley of sorrow and pain; But the God of all comfort was with me; At hand to uphold and sustain. RIP Dave. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU. And we are doing our part to keep the legacy alive.
Your Sister- Dawn"
"It's Christmas time and here I am just engrossed in my thoughts. A void is yet to be filled at this special time of year. I remember the last Christmas we spent together and among the songs you requested was His Voice Makes The Difference. You are missed more and more each day but you are sheltered in the arms of God. What can I say at this time other than to pray for Divine healing? God is in control. FEM's anniversary was indeed a blessing you would be proud of the brethren how they have persevered despite many challenges. I for one am doing my best to hold the fort. The work you so ably started is continuing. Positive thoughts of you my "twin". Gone but certainly not forgotten!"
"Does anyone have a CD copy of Countdown when Leighton did a live call-in show with Grant Jeffrey as his guest? I would like to buy a copy of that program if possible. Thanks! Johnny Watts/ Staten Island email: email@example.com"
"I knew Leighton and his wonderful wife many years ago before 9-11 when I would visit their office and ministry at #5 Beekman Street. Does anyone know if audio CDs of Leighton's radio show, Countdown, were ever archived and saved for possible Youtube broadcast or shortwave radio broadcasts? I would love to buy some CDs from 1999, 2000 and 2001, if possible. Johnny Watts, Staten Island, email: firstname.lastname@example.org....God bless Leighton..."
"Thinking of you my dearly beloved brother/pastor Dave. Our church anniversary in Jamaica has come and gone and you would have been proud of the work the remnant is doing. I look at your prominently displayed picture in the sanctuary and can't help but cry (oh yes I still do). So many people from the community are still recounting stories of your willingness to go the extra mile. You are truly missed but God had a better plan. We are holding the fort! Miss you my "twin")
"Forever in our HEARTS Bro...........missed you but GOD gives us the grace to deal with it daily...........You're in a better place my brother one where we all are trying to get to one day..........much love!!"
"Dave - Your loving mom is here still thinking about you. You will always be in my thoughts. Anyway, you are better off than being in this sin-cursed world. Gone but not forgotten.
Mom - Anita"
"It's comforting to know that you are resting in the arms of your loving savior. Your legacy truly speaks of the awesome impact you have had on your listening audience of the Countdown program, ministry in Higgin Town and of course the "remnant at FEM." The relevance of your prophetic revelation is so true of the events of these past four years . You were "right on time". Rest my brother, I am determined to be reunited with you one day, wen you will celebrate an unending birthday. You are missed. Listening to the recording in honor of your birthday is so "ALIVE" - I know you are proud of yours sons Bro Cush and Minister Miguel as they hold the fort and continue to "RIDE THE HORSE" each Friday night. ITS A FUN TO SEE SATAN LOOSE""
"You are gone but not forgotten. You are missed so much. You were a man of integrity and you never compromised. You gave us wonderful memories that will live on with us. Thanks for being a part of my life. It was an honor knowing you."
"I missed my HON, LS, Leighton David Smith, you are gone but WILL NEVER, NEVER be forgotten. so much memories .... memories"
"Pastor Smith, Your FEM family will certainly remember your birthday tomorrow, They missed walking up the isles to give you that special hug and to watch you laugh as you received your gifts. You have left avoid in their lives but they are holding on and continue to live the things you taught them. . They love and cherished your memories. YOU ARE A WINNER!!!. Sleep In Peace Our Pastor"
"Wow!, Wow! Its here again, September 3rd, In fact you would start announcing it from August 1st but tomorrow you would be celebrating your birthday with your FEM family, .O....OH ..... on occasion like this the memories hit the hardest but the Lord gives me grace to carry on and strength to endure, Hon, only God knows..."YOU ARE ALWAYS MISSED""
"Uncle Dave was an inspiration to me. It's amazing how much he made me feel safe. While in middle school, you gave me the opportunity to spread my wings in New York. You gave me the opportunity to be independent, strong and to make some money. The best part is he gave me the courage I needed to explore a little of New York by myself and also help him with his courier business. I remember I would be in the office and he would say "Rosie, I need a pick up" I would be all ready until I heard where. Taking 3 different trains to get to one destination but it's weird, I had no fear. Uncle Dave just spoke to me in his very calm voice, you can do it. Don't worry. I still think about those days with find memories. Even when I got married he prayed for me and my husband. Unfortunately he never got a chance to meet him. I miss you uncle Dave. Something funny, for years I didn't know his name was Leighton. Love you!"
"See you soon Brother miss you so much but I'm looking forward to the day when there will be no parting everytime I want to ask why I'm reminded of Isaiah57v 1-2"
"On this birthday, I can finally do this without crying. To Pastor and my father for so many years. I say Happy Birthday. I wish he was here to see us now, living near by, my big belly, his son (in law) teaching from Daniel just like him - oh how I wish he could see us now. I know he would be proud. Happy happy birthday grandpa -to-be. For this birthday I will watch my wedding for the first time. Love you so much, your daughter Naila"
"Even to this day I keep asking why?? But I'm always comforted by the words of my beloved Pastor Smith " Nothing happens to a child of God by chance." Forever in my heart , gone but NEVER forgotten. Go ahead and take your sleep Pastor Smith, till we meet again!!!!"
"Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heav’n cannot heal.
Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
“Earth has no sorrow that heav’n cannot cure.”
Today is your birthday Dave. You would have been celebrating for the month of September. I listened to you last nite on the Countdown program and you sounded so real. I have to admit I could not help but cry but find solace knowing where you are. I miss you so much you would never know. It is hard!!!!!!!!!!! Love Sister Dawn"
"Forever in our HEARTS............Gone but NEVER will be Forgotten..miss u big eyes........:-)"
"I miss you terribly Dave !!! Your birthday is fast approaching Lord help me!
"Today is Father's Day and I just want to pause to remember you on this day! You had so many children and impacted so many lives. How could we ever forget you? Your life while on this earth was an example, worthy of emulation.. Thank God for the opportunity to share our lives with you. You will be richly rewarded for the knowledge you have imparted to all of us and your love and concern towards all. Your transition has left a void in our lives but God's abiding presence and comfort will take us through. Rest in Peace my dear brother. Always, always will remember you! Oh Lord let me not shed another tear!! Good Bye
"Last Friday night, as is customary I listened to the Countdown Radio Program and was pleased to hear my late brother's voice. Glad I heard the prayer that you prayed back in 2011; it sounded so powerful and surely with anointing. Wow! For the first time I could hear your voice and not break down in tears which means that I am finding it much easier to accept the inevitable. You are out of the misery and torment Dave and all I have to do is prepare to see you some day. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. So many reminders especially at home. When I visit Jamaica the first thing I do when I visit Countdown Ministries is to look across the bulletin board where your picture and book are posted. You are always in our hearts and are continuing the work you started, despite the onslaught at times. Love always- Sister Dawn"
"My Dear Pastor, Every thing that you have said to us is coming to past.
I check my notes every week for conformation. I cant keep it to myself so I have to share it with every one around me. Thank you for all that you have thought me, and I will forever remember you and keep you in my heart. Only God knows why he called you home so early. love Always"
"Holding positive thoughts of you my late brother. Your book Say No To That Mark is so relevant today. Bible Prophecy as it relates to current events is being fulfilled before our very eyes. The family is trying to stay focused and encouraged. Just had to take a moment to pen this tribute. I will always remember you and am doing my part to keep the Vision alive. Really really miss you Dave!!!!!!! Sister Dawn"
"Just took the time to remember you Dave. Funny I was going through my emails and read all the ones you sent to me in 2010/2011 when we were planning Countdown's Anniversary Service . I will treasure these for the rest of my life. We are holding the fort no matter what the challenges that confront us! Your Book is still relevant today as it was then and am doing my part to make sure that it gets in the hands of
many others. You are truly missed. RIP
"Pastor Smith's legacy, teaching and memory remain an integral part of my life and always will. During our Praise and Worship I always hear his voice saying "come on wave them antenna".
At present I am experiencing a few storms and challenges. And what do I hear ? Him telling us "you have to practice radical faith"
Gone but not forgotten . Your legacy lives on . Until we meet again Pastor Smith."
"Even though u are apart u are always in our hearts
So many laughters prophetic author who raised so many daughters .
You were cognisant of the times n seasons God's prophetic teacher for a reason. Adorned in truth lived a faithful commute a role model to the youths of Fem your memories are dare to them Fem will persevere to the end."
"My Brother --I still remember us both traveling to the US for the first time years ago.........I'd always forget the date..but YOU always remember - your Legacy will live on..I missed you daily........but GOD knows best...until we meet again...R I P...."
"Time indeed flies but certainly cannot erase the wonderful memories we cherish of you today. I seize mourning your passing as I believe the word of God- Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints ~Psalm 116:15 . Sleep on beloved and take your rest, your assignment on earth is complete but you are always in my heart, my daddy, my confidant, my inspiration and teacher, Pastor Leighton D. Smith."
"Our Heavenly father has called you home and he is proud of a job well done. You have accomplished your goal, mission and purpose on earth. Gone but not forgotten, you will always be in our heart and mind. You were truly loved by friends and families."
"COUNTDOWN MINISTERIES HIGGIN TOWN ST ANN
Our Pastor we continue to live the solid word of God you taught us. We are still few in numbers but mighty in battle. We will always miss you as you remains in ours hearts. Rest In peace ,. We love you"
"Another candle is lit celebrating one more year since you have left us. I still cannot believe that 4 years have passed. I take comfort in the fact that I will see you again. I didn't say Goodbye , but Goodnight. I look forward to that great getting up morning. . I have witnessed many home going since yours, but honestly It still doesn't seems like you have left us. Mom continues to miss you terribly, Arianna and Sydney,continues to sing your favorite song "It's a fun to see Satan loose, and Pastor Leighton Smith is on the winning side. Rest up my Bro
your legacy continues to impact many lives. The remnants at Countdown and FEM continues to ride that horse. I know you are proud of your work on earth. Good night"
"Although 4 years ago you went Home to be with your LORD and SAVIOUR the legacy you left behind will continue to impact countless lives for eternity as the message you brought is more relevant now more than ever.We will always say NO TO THE MARK.See you soon ."
"Tribute from Anita, Mom:
My dearly beloved son, oh how I miss you! Four years now since you have left me. That love still lingers on. All is well with mom, family and friends. Your ministry has left an indelible mark within our hearts
REST IN PEACE SON! Gone but not forgotten
Your loving Mom"
"Amazing Grace" -that's the background tune I am listening to. I can hardly muster the strength and courage to pen this tribute, Only God knows what I am experiencing and never knew I could make it through the day. I am overwhelmed and the tears keep flowing. Dave I think about you every day. There are so many reminders of you in my home. Still hearing your voice singing "His voice makes the difference" The Blood Hymns" and the jokes we would share (even the knot in your head). I confess I am guilty for that . It's four years and for me it just happened. I know you have done your best, have impacted many lives and are gone home to be with the Lord. We are working feverishly to ensure that the work you have started is continuing. DAVE I CANNOT LET GO! Rest in the arms of Jesus and it is our hope to see you some day.
YOU WILL EVER REMAIN IN MY HEART. Love Sister Dawn (your twin)"
"Unbelievable! but it's true!!! Today is the 4th anniversary of LS passing and it seems like it was just yesterday. Four years ago the rug was pulled from under my feet and that changed my whole life I am still hearing your voice "Hon I know you will make it if I leave before you" Amidst my tears there is a little smile....I have no choice but to be strong ..... Isaiah 40:29 is my support ... LS, I MISSED ....MISSED YOU"
"4 years ago this was the most unforgettable day I've ever experienced. For the first time I felt my soul died within. My world suddenly changed. My father for 12 years suddenly was not there........still not here. But now I can finally admit, my Pastor my Dad is not just on a preaching engagement somewhere.....he's never coming back. I will see him again though......but until then FOREVER MISSED. Love Naila"
"Dave I am still thinking about you. I was with you that Thanksgiving Day three years ago and we had a good time together. Last week was FEM's 20th anniversary and last September was Countdown's 12th.
You would be pleased that the work you began here is continuing. I miss you so much. Listened to your voice last Friday on the radio program and I just went into my usual "pensive mode".. You are always on my mind. Would you believe I even sent an email to your old address? (this makes me happy). Also the last message you left on my voice mail is still in tact and I replay it quite often. Too many reminders in my home of you!!! I must go as I am not making it easy on myself. DEARLY MISSED AND WILL BE FOR A LONG LONG TIME!
"I am so very sad to learn that Pastor Smith passed away and the part that hurt me is that i just found out . I just came to the computer and said let me type to find his website and this is how i found out . I used to watch him on the television in Jamaica every Sunday morning .Now i am in the UK i told my friends about him and talk about him all the time .I am so sad i cannot believe it . He has changed my life ..and i will never ever forget him and his prophetic teachings , i have learnt so much ...RIP ...my pastor you have changed many lives ."
"WOW . Yet another years has come and passed, when you would have celebrated your birth anniversary on earth, but because you have graduated, you are enjoying been in the presence of the lover of you soul. What better place to be?. You are still missed dearly, Today marked a very sad day in the history of this great nation. You would have been riding this horse tomorrow on the countdown program, but guess what? Your sons are doing a great job continuing the legacy. There are still a few who haven't given up on the vision. You have planted, another is watering but God gives the increase. You are always in our hearts. You have won. The devil is still a liar. We will say NO TO THE MARK."
"LS I missed you but because of your uncompromising stand for the gospel, I am so glad you are not here to see and hear what is happening around us. You ran well, may God help us to STAND in these evil days."
"WOW.......It hard to believe that September 3rd is here again.....you would be celebrating 57 years.. I still cannot understand but God knows best . .. ..LS,,, I missed you so much ... FEM missed you! but we are running our leg of the race looking unto JESUS. "YOU ARE ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHT and HEART""
"Today is a day I will never forget. I don't know how to express myself Dave but I all I know is that I miss you terribly (now my tears are flowing not sure when they will cease). I am thankful though for the times we spent together and the last prayer you prayed over me. You are in Heaven smiling and for sure you are at peace. We are all carrying the baton and you would be exceptionally pleased with our efforts. Countdown Anniversary is a few weeks ago and I know you would be making plans to join us. Dave, your pictures in happier times are all displayed around me so I can never forget you - too many reminders. Am trying to be strong but God knows that it is extremely difficult. We all miss you brother!!! Am I dreaming?
Big Sis. Dawn"
"This day reminds me that 57 years ago God chose to brought into this world a life that would impact life all over this world including mine.you'll forever be missed"
"For the first time I can write without feeling the overwhelming need to weep. Remembering my Pastor and Dad this morning on his Birthday.....love him so much........"
"To Sis. Marjorie Smith and the Smith Family:
May God continue to bless you all and the Faith Evangelistic Center
Family. I now live in Burlington, NJ, but visited the ministry occasionally when in North Jersey. Pastor Leighton's love for Jesus and great
testimony about healing from cancer always encouraged me. The
business excellence and integrity inspired me in entrepreneurship activities too. The Countdown broadcast also was excellent. He will
be missed, and the legacy continues! Continue being blessed and
"wow It still feels like you have just left us. Time has certainly not been doing a good job of healing the wounds. When I think of all the challenges that you legacy faces. I take comfort in the fact that fierce opposition only comes to "divine purpose". VICTORY LIKE YOU TOLD US REMAINS INEVITABLE. As your siblings, nieces, nephews prepare to get together at you home in Freeport for a time of fun and fellowship in July, you will be certainly missed, but your memory and Godly example of the "Power of Forgiveness" lives on for ever. Looking forward to be reunited with you some day. Not soon as I remain committed to do what I can to carry on the legacy. YOU HAVE BEEN A TRUE SOILDER. AND YOU HAVE FINISHED STRONG. ITS A FUN TO STILL SEE SATAN LOOSE."
"My dear beloved son - Time has flown, it seems like yesterday since the Lord has called you home I am still thinking about you - how can i forget you?....You were my dearest son oh i miss you dearly ..i cry daily for you. Although you pass down desolate pathway of pain, sorrow and death - Suffering has no victory for the Lord was there. since you left me things are not the same, but you're gone to a better place- Rest in Jesus's name!!.
Love Always - From: Mom -Aneita P.Smith"
"Forever in our thoughts!--------------Gone but NOT forgotten..God takes the best Flower from our garden.........someday we'll know why..Love you Bro!!..."
I miss you so much I am thinking of you,I have not seen you for a little while now, I miss your visits. You know sometimes I feel so hurt and I can't talk to you but thank God I have my Abba Father who listens all the time. I can"t believe to this day how any Christian thinking person who got the same teaching like me from you can do such a dirty thing and be so thoughtless to tell you these lies about me. You and Sister Marjorie and your both families are my family, I love you all so much, It broke my heart to tears. When I see a member I don't even know if this is my enemy. I had to write today to release the hurt off my heart after 3 years. Pastor thank God for your last comforting words to me. " Sister Janice stay low" I love you Pastor. ( Sister Janeece' as you would call me)."
"Missing you more each day Dave. Gone but certainly not forgotten
and we are keeping the vision alive!!
I am sitting here going back in times and it feels as though you are still here and thats all that matters , you are alive in sprit in my heart, I love you and Sis. Marjorie your both parents, your sisters and brothers so much you all made me feel like part of the family. Even though The Father took you to be with him and I have moved back home my love is still alive for the family. You would not believe the amount of things I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED ALL BECAUSE OF YOU. Your edified me I listen and learned and still listening. I will never stop sharing what you thought me to others. Every thing that you have said about the end times its coming to pass. You are still my MENTOR. Always Sis. Janise"
"Pastor Smith, thank you for being with us in spirit, thank you for all you have done. For years you helped feed me whan I was hungry, you fed me with the Word, you helped clothe me in righteousness, you helped open my eyes, with vision and prophesy, you helped heal me during my infirmities, and sicknesses, of disappointment, you encouraged me in the faith, and made me wait upon the Lord-- all this you did without asking or requiring anything in return. But you taught and give all thanks and glory and honor to God The Father, through Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit. You did not your own will, but did the will of The Father.
Pastor Smith, Thank you and Sister Marjorie, and your family, and church for all you have done, it is plentiful and overflowing. May The Goodness and Mercy of the Lord, Our Father and Almighty God, be our light continually and forever. Thank you Pastor Smith. I am blessed to have membership of your church family inspite of my absence. I am grateful. Your word remains with me today. You accomplished so much. Your faithfulness and works are inspiring. Pastor Smith, you are missed."
"What a wonderful legacy you have left us. Inspite of the "void" that remains so evident in all of our lives. We are proud of all you have done, and how you taught us to "HONOR THE BLOOD OF JESUS" and how to walk in forgiveness and let go of the past. You did it.!! Brother , Pastor- who fed the flock . We salute You. and I remain committed to do my best- With God's help to be an agent of peace.
The challenges that we face each day is only a light to remind us that "VICTORY IS INEVITABLE" REST MY BROTHER. I WILL SEE YOU IN THE MORNING. "O WHAT A DAYBREAK THAT MORN WILL BE. LOVE ONE REUNITED ETERNALLY ""
"My dear brother. Here we go again, rehashing the past. Time has flown by, its three years and it is so hard to believe. With God's help I was able to survive yesterday. I know you would not want me to be weeping so I have to consider that. You are truly missed and will be no matter how many years have passed. You held the family together and was a tower of strength. We are holding things together and know that our inner strength will sustain us during this difficult time.
COUNTDOWN AND FEM were established on solid foundation and no matter what will remain vibrant. I am proud to have been associated with you and what you stood for. You are out of the misery and gone to your eternal rest. Miss you terribly Dave
"R-I-P--------Gone but not Forgotten Brother--We Miss you greatly!! but we know you're in a BETTER place....FOREVER LOVE U Brother!!"
"LS, I can hardly believe that today is exactly three years since you migrated to your new home. I remember everything that took place like it was yesterday. I missed you so much, ever so often I said, If LS was here, then.............." but God knows best. You are already home but I have to be working real hard to remain focus and keep trusting in the Lord who is able to present me faultless to His Father, LS, you were my husband, my Pastor and my friend. YOU ARE TRULY MISSED, I mean TRULY, TRULY MISSED but your words to me keep me going. "HON, I KNOW YOU WILL MAKE IT" and by God's grace I am making it."
"today mark the 3rd anniversary of your going home celebration.as the years pass on I can't help to think and reflect on the awesome man of GOD you were.you will forever be remembered.i know you could not be in a better place.looking forward to join you someday"
"Everyday you are surely missed..........Always in our thoughts...
Love Forever Brother......"
"Dave this is not an easy time for me and as a family. I constantly think of you and the last moments of your life that we spent together. Also the last prayer you prayed over my life. Recently there have been so many noble men of God who have lost their lives tragically and violently. Had this been the case with you, it would have been much harder for me to accept. You are at rest in the arms of your Maker and I know you are smiling in approval that the work that you have started is continuing here on earth.
The church is moving on despite the plan of the accuser of the Brethren. The Countdown Program is "riding high" and am so proud of those whom you have unselfishly groomed. Your third anniversary is fast approaching but God will give me the inner strength to sustain us. Your mom is holding on with God's grace. Love you my brother and I MISS YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN EXPRESS!!!!!!!!
"By the way, you would be proud of FEM, holding on to the word you have taught us, Inspite of the challenges we just celebrated our 19th anniversary, declaring that we are STANDING IN FAITH AND COURAGE, carrying on this great work the Lord used you to start in Wall Street. By God's grace we will endure to the end. WE MISSED YOU DEARLY PASTOR"
"Just came in from Bible Study and decided to visit your site, if you were here we would be celebrating our 26th wedding anniverssary. The month of November holds so many memories that we would be celebrating, Prompt Courier Service, Faith Evangelistic Ministries, my bithdate and wedding. All that mean much to you started in November. How can I forget about you, YOU ARE MISSED."
"Words can't express how grateful I am for Pastor Smith. He gave me the opportunity that change my life forever.
Thank you Pastor Smith"
"Dave, for some reason I am thinking of you! I am one of the many lives you impacted. I worked for & with you, Marjorie, & Heron at Prompt Courier Service. You ran a good race while here on earth, a race that is well pleasing to our Father. Dave, you are loved & missed. RIP"
Your legacy is stamped all over my life from my marriage to my ministry! You walked in humility never seeming to take ANYTHING for granted which was a powerful lesson in itself. Your "knowledge" of the Word was phenomenal and had to be G-d given "revelation." The way you guarded your "anointing" and protected your "flock" are strategies I attempt to incorporate & teach to others.
The book you wrote was ahead of its' time and the "Spiritual Warfare" conferences in Brooklyn back in the day are still "relevant"
It was an honor to be under your tutelage and a blessing to watch you operate for you were definitely a "tactician."
The way you always spoke about how "Brother Robert brought the guys from the program to help move my office" showed your gratitude for the "small things" because it was NOTHING to me!
If I could "get it" half as right as you "got it" I would be happy! Your business acumen, prayer life, fasting, study habits, discernment, prophetic anointing and ability to encourage others while maintaining "boundaries" made you the Man of G-d that you were....
Bless you Sir we still love & miss you in the Graham household!!!!!!
"HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY MY BROTHER IN Heaven - You're surely missed - Gone but not Forgotten!"
"thank God for a servant who exemplify Christ on your short journey in this life.The impact you made will be everlasting.you are always in my thought.you have made an eternal difference in my life"
"Hi Pastor - All I can say is I love you and always keep you in my heart as if you are still here, I am only five hours away from you by air, I will not be attending your birthday party but I will watch you do your cool dance with Sister Marjorie. Happy Birthday to you the Pastor , that tall shy man that changed my life. "This bus is going to Ochee" hop on man !. I love you, Sis. Janiceeeeeeeeeeee""
"Dave it was not hard for me to reflect all the good times we had together before you became a pastor and during the time we share in the Lord. You will always be remembered by my family and me as that special man of God. You were there for me in a lot of situations and you always encouraged me to stay strong and leave it all to God. It all paid off for me until this day. I will always remember you telling me to go to the back of the car because as soon as I see a car I would jump in the front. Those days I will not forget. It was a pleasure to know someone like you who have spread the gospel of Jesus where ever you go. Your book did and said it all; we’re experiencing the fulfilment of it all now. We miss you very much down here and we do not know why the good Lord took you home so early, but one thing we do know that you are at a better place and one day we’ll all meet in the sweet by and by."
"Hon, its 10:30PM and I just came home from church, If you were here, I am sure we would still be in the city, because it is Wednesday, September 3rd, your Bible Study night and birthdate, oh yes! it would be ideal for a big celebration , I can only imagine what it would be like. It's hard to believe that this is your 3rd bithdate away from this home, I missed you so much, you were my husband, Pastor and friend. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU."
"LS today is September 3rd, WOW!! WOW!! yes its for real, you are not here...................................Don't have words right now"
"I give God thanks for this day and I shall rejoice in it. I woke up this morning and found myself just reflecting on this day, the day that your parents gave birth to a precious son, Leighton David, affectionately known as Dave. You would have been celebrating another birthday today but God has seen fit to call you home, having completed the earthly tasks. I miss you so much, it's hard for me to contain myself. The memories will never be short-lived, You have blessed so many, including me and I am praying that God will give me the strength and the grace to continue. It is so hard. I know you would be taking a trip to your hometown for the 11th Anniversary of Countdown. We are working to keep the legacy alive.. Your shoes are hard to fill, without a doubt. Bye, Bye, Dave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I miss you so much I don't know how to put it in words. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!
Sister Dawn (your look-alike)"
"My dear brother. I can just imagine how free you are at last to celebrate your 3rd birthday with the lover of your soul . YOU ARE TRULY MISSED. NEVER KNEW THAT 3 YEARS LATER, YOUR PASSING WOULD STILL HAVE US YOUR SIBLING STILL ASKING THE QUESTION WHY YOU HAD TO LEAVE US SO SO SOON, but God knows best. Be assured that we are doing everything to ensure that your legecy remains alive.Cant wait for that great getting up morning. when you will rise again. NO GRAVE CANNOT HOLD YOUR BODY DOWN. GLORY TO GOD."
"I cannot help but cry, yes Dave, I cry all the time.. I cannot and will never forget you but I have to let go at some point. I know you have done the Master's Work and are gone home to be with him. You have left an indelible mark on many and have impacted so many lives in so many different ways and we will never stop mentioning your name. Your birthday will be in a few weeks and already I dread facing that day. We are standing with God's help and vow to continue what you have begun. I am still tuning in to the Countdown Radio Program waiting each Friday expecting to hear your voice. Thank God for those whom you have trained and are now ably carrying on.. My brother, only God knows. I MISS YOU DAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"Pastor Leighton D, I saw you in my dream two nights ago. I know your spirit visited me because of how often I call your name. When I look around and see the things that are taking place in our world today. I miss the good council and words of encouragement even as I go through my storms. There is not a trusted, unbiased friend like you but we must carry on because you have run your race, you have kept the faith, hence, you've gone on before to receive you crown. Well deserved, Man of God. Rest in the arms of Jesus until we meet again."
"Pastor Leighton D Smith, i felt as if i knew you in person .You are sadly missed. Rest in the arms of Jesus... I hope someday i'll get to meet you in another life. Rest in peace ...MAN OF GOD ...Happy souls, their praises flow
Even in this vale of woe;
Waters in the desert rise,
Manner feeds them from the skies
On they go from strength to strength,
Till they reach thy throne at length;
At thy feet adoring fall,
And enjoy it ever there."
"Dave. It's me again. It's hard very hard on me
And must admit the sadness lingers knowing you
Are not physically present with us. I think of
You and wear your hat and prayer shawl
Quite often. As I am penning this tribute I
Am listening to one if your favorite hymns. You are holy!!!
I am standing behind the work you have begun
And you would be pleased that the countdown program
Is still on the air and those anchoring are truly
Doing a great job. Dave Dave I miss you
Your lookalike sister Dawn"
"One would have thought that time would have erased the memories of a great brother, loving and caring Pastor, but it certainly hasnt. Our loss is definateley heaven's gain.. We continue to remain faithful to the PRAYER LINEE,.. -YOUR PUSH TEAM. Your message that it only takes four to carry you is reflective of the remaining 4 members of this team dedication . Our commttment to the vision, "stickitivity" attitude, also with our passion to see your hard wok live. remains our focus. ENJOY YOUR HEAVENLY HOME UNITL WE MEET AGAIN. WE WILL KNOW YOU BETTER THEN. LOVE YOU BRO, YOU ARE TRULY MISSED"
"FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS------------GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!
LOVE YOU BRO.....your little Sis."
"Indeed God had sent you for a purpose and I believe you lived and realized that gift from God. The TV programs were an inspiration and eye opener.Sadly missed."
"Hon, I am at the church all alone and my eyes are full of tears as I remember you, still can't believe that you are gone. YOU ARE MISSED, HON, YOU ARE CERTAINLY MISSED."
"Gone but not forgotten..I started working 1/11/....the memories of knowing thats the day you past on to be with our heavenly father...makes me very teary eyed when i look at your big beautiful eyes...the trademark nose (LOL) etc..I love you BRO...you have made me realized the "Power of the Blood"....
Miss you Bro....You exemplify what a man of FAITH is about.--Forever missed..& Loved"
"My dearly beloved brother/pastor:
Today is celebrated as Resurrection Sunday and here I am trying to pen this tribute in honor of your memory. I know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord and I will have to work hard to meet you.. You are somewhere around the throne of God. You have left an indellible mark on many of us and I am grateful to have been a part of your life and the childhood experiences we shared (including the trip to the river that got us both in trouble).. I always remember you and know that you are at peace in a secure home.. Missing you terribly....words can't explain the void your passing has created. Rest in peace Dave!!!!"
"Pastor Smith was not like ordinary men. He was Everyone's Best Friend. He had the best shows and all who attended got the best seats, no matter where he spoke. I was fortunate to witness his powerful sermons as a young child, and I am still fortunate to have known him. My brother and sister also profit well from his teachings. I even read his book: "Say NO To That Mark." Pastor Smith will always be missed."
""They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint, teach me Lord, teach me to wait"....."As the mountains surround Jerusalem so the Lord surrounds His people, surround us Lord". These are some of the songs we sung together, as a church, and I was willing and eager just to touch the hem of your garment. Pastor Smith my tribute to you is Love, Love, Love, Love ,Love, my dear brother. You are the greatest preacher upon the face of the earth. Your word is true heard around the world today. Pastor Smith you are Forever missed. And most of all You are Loved. There is much to say, so, I will begin by saying Thank You, to you and Sister Marjorie, for all you have done and continue to do, my dear lovely brother and sister......."
"Hon, I came home from Bible Study about an hour and remembered that few years ago we would be travelling home together but now I am alone, yes I know that the Lord is with me but naturally, I am alone. How can I not missing you? Everything, everwhere it was just the two of us. I am so glad that I know the Lord, He gave me strength when I am weak, joy when I am sad and He whisper sweet peace to me. FEM is not the same without you but we MUST carry on this great work that you have started. We can see your teaching fulfilling before our eyes and Pastors are compromising but you alway encourage us to know God for ourselves. We are holding on to the truth of God's word. FOREVER LOVED and MISSED."
"My dear Brother. It is with very mixed feelings that i have finally been able to pay this tribute to you. I always remember telling you that i wanted you to marry me. I spoke that into my future, which has now become a reality. During the ceremony at my wedding i so thought of you, and as i looked at the pastors performing the ceremony, i honestly was picturing you there. I know you were there in the spirt, been proud of me. As i embark on this new life , the extraordinary example that you have provided me, will undoubtedly be my " Measuring Stick" to endure" until death do us path". Miss you still, but i'm anxiously awaiting that great "getting up morning". How beautiful heaven must be. Sweet home of the FIVE STAR GENERAL . LEIGHTON D. SMITH. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU"
"Hon, life without you is not easy but the Lord is helping me day by day. The support from my faithful FEM brethren and family is really helping me to cope. Sometimes I just feel as if you went on one of your long trip overseas but this is really LONG. I don't understand it all but one thing I can say "GOD KNOWS BEST""
"My dearly beloved brother who went home to be with the Lord. It's been a while since I have visited this website and now find myself missing you even more. God knows the pain I sometimes feel that I can't put it into words. I know you are safe in the arms of Jesus and I don't have to worry.. I miss you so much Dave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
I missed you so much. The last time I saw you in 2010 I never though that would be the last. My heart is so broken but I know you are safe in the arms of our Saviour. Deeply missed"
"Hi Pastor, Sometimes I wish that this part of my life meeting you would feel like it never happened it would really help me not to feel sad all the time when I think about you, and you are always visiting me in my dreams, last week you and I were teaching a class it felt so real, that smile when you see me, and said " Sis, Janeese' " you changed the sound of my name but I loved it. I met a gentleman who saw me with my Jerusalem hat, and asked me where I got that hat, It gave me much joy to boast how I went to Israel with you, we spoke about you for one hour and you know what he knew you , he visited Beekman a couple times and he also loved you. I love you and your family with all my heart. You always look lovely.."
"Every time I hear Countdown, I miss Pastor Smith so much. It's just not the same without him. He was my radio pastor. I still cry. But I know we will all be reunited soon in Jesus !"
"FROM: KEVON SMITH
I did not get the chance to visit and talk to you Uncle, but God knows why. I miss you uncle Dave"
"From BEVON SMITH,
On your second anniversary I remember you my brother as a kind,loving,and God fearing person. You always stand up for what is right.Sorry i did not get to say goodbye, but im sure i will meet you in heaven."
"I Miss you my Brother................Words can never express how much i do -....Gone too soon....is what i say..BUT GOD knows BEST!..
Love ya mucho!!"
"It is remarkable that what we called the world...in what professes to be true, will allow in one man no blemishes,and in another man no virtue.
One of my dearest uncle has passed and this day "JANUARY 11th brings back to my attention sadness and tears. As I sit here and write this my heart feels heavier than I can ever remembering being. You were a very kind and special person WORDS ALONE CANNOT EXPRESS. My deepest sympathies to my uncle "uncle Dave" continue to rest in peace, Your greatly missed."
"Oh no!! It's hard to believe that today make 2 years since you went home Hon. I am just reliving Wednesday, January 11, 2012 so I took a trip to the Plaza. You certainly left a big void in my life but I have to be strong. You are depending on me to make it, so Hon, by God;s grace I am making it. You are GREATLY MISSED Hon. BYE"
"Oh my when I heard you passed on to glory I was in total shock. I have to thank you so much because I have visited many churches and met many pastors and none could compare to you. My husband and I are so much stronger spiritually because of your teachings on spiritual warfare. This earthly realm is missing a true man of GOD. Thank you for everything and I love you Pastor Smith. Thank you for everything."
"O how time flies! But your memories cannot die. Pastor Leighton D, as I often call you, time cannot erase the wonderful memories and encounters I had with you. You left an indelible mark on my life and countless others through your dynamic, cutting edge programme- "Countdown with Leighton D. Smith". Through knowledge and superior discernment you taught us well concerning the end times and certainly we are seeing it come to pass even just two years of your passing. That's why we know God made you for a purpose and that has been fulfilled. Forever missed. Caren W."
"Here I am on this wet and dreary day which coincides with the second anniversary of your passing and I am again reminded that you are not here with us. While I really find it hard to accept, I know that you have found a resting place. I listened last evening to the Countdown Program in which glowing tributes were paid and I was touched by the various ones who recounted how their lives have been impacted by your ministry. My brother, without a doubt earth has lost a giant while Heaven has gained a servant. We all miss you and wish that with each passing day our pain will be lessened and our hearts will be rejoicing. You have made us all proud as a family and I will always, always remember you Dave! The ministries you have labored so hard are alive and well and there is no stopping us now.
Your sister Dawn"
"I still miss you so much, things are just so different without you it's difficult to bear at times. Until we meet again, I love you Pastor!"
"word is not enough to express how much Tiana and I miss you . Thank God for your life forever missed."
"During this Christmas Season, I can't help but think of the joys you would have been spreading to humanity. "Silent Night" recorded by the Temptations was one of your favorite carols and every time I hear it I feel a sense of loss but I am encouraged that you are safe and secure in God's arms. We talk about you every opportunity we get. Love you my brother and we are "sticking together" to keep the vision alive.
"I love you Dave you're always on my mind. I cried for you everyday although I know you're in Jesus arm. I miss you !!! oh how i miss you !!!! I love you very much Dave, you left me too soon but I'll meet you some day beyond the blue. You passed away with mom on your mind. I wasn't at your bed side to hear your last word to me. GONE BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MOM"
"Today and forever I will remember you. Your accumulation of knowledge which you have unselfishly shared with humanity, unwavering faith and more than all- your legacy- will live on. Am doing my best in this regard. Missing you more each day but you are free from earthly suffering and torment.
Sister Dawn a/k/a Pat"
"I believe it is fitting to leave another tribute especially since attending Faith Evangelistic Ministries' 18th Anniversary which was a phenomenal success. God certainly manifested Himself strongly in both services. Despite the setbacks and disappointments, there is a remnant in the Body of Christ who is working to keep the vision alive. The Anniversary's Theme aptly states "We are Well Able to possess the Land" and we are determined more than ever to make this a reality. Your Book, Say No To That Mark, is even more relevant today. Forever Missed Brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Just to give God thanks for l allowing me to be a part of your life. As FEM celebrated it's 18th Anniversary today. You are still so missed.
I know that as you sit on heaven's portal you are proud to know that the flame is still burning. Many have defected, but the church is alive and well.
and we continue to Honor the Blood of Jesus ."
"Is there a day that goes by that I don't think of you? It is really hard but God is seeing us through. We are committed to continue the work that you have started on earth and are proud that others are keeping the vision alive! You will be forever missed Dave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"You will never be missed by me, your dedication is a lesson to me. You are always in my dreams taking me with you to crusades, my latest dream- you brought Dad to help me give out flyers. You still teach me, I am whom I am today because of you, and now I can teach others what you taught me. Your last words to me was "Am I seeing you today? Stay low, Bless you Sis Jan" love always Pastor!"
"Brother- you are terribly missed and I STILL find it hard to believe you are not with us. Our tenth church anniversary in Ja. was a smashing success and we are endeavoring to carry on your legacy, with God's help. Never saw many of the pictures posted on the site but am thoroughly enjoying them. ALWAYS AND FOREVER MISSED."
"I continue to view this site and the more I look at the pictures, the more I feel a sense of loss. I want to get to the point where I can rejoice rather than cry (you always told me that because I love to cry they should hire me at funerals) . I am proud to have been associated with you and even more proud because of countless lives that have been impacted. Sleep on my dear brother."
"FOREVER in our HEARTS------Just have to Trust GOD when we dont understand some things in LIFE...I still remember your last sermon..when i was in NY..You have taught me alot esp.on.FORGIVENESS.....Love you Bro..truly wish i said it to you more often.."
"The devil tried to killed you in 1983 but he could not because you had a task to fulfil. You ran with ALL your might and touched so many lives in such a short time. I still don't understand it, but God says, "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" I missed you."
"Can't help thinking about you my brother. Today is a special day. Never thought I would get through today but God gave me the courage and strength. I continue to sing one of your favorite hymns" Thank you Lord for one more year". Gone but will never be forgotten!! We are keeping your legacy alive."
"Today is a very special for me because it remind me that 55 years ago a general in GOD ARMY came to earth and to know the many lives you touch including mine in your short time here on earth. You''ll forever be missed"
"OH! today is September 3rd, one of the date that I will never never forget. Your second birthday away from your earthly home. I just have to remain strong knowing that you are celebrating now with your heavenly Father. YOU ARE GREATLY MISSED."
"HAPPY SECOND BIRTHDAY AS YOU CELEBRATE WITH YOU FATHER IN HEAVEN.
YOU ARE REALLY MISSED.
THE WORK THAT YOU DID CONTINUES TO SPEAK FOR YOU"
"Gone but NOT FORGOTTEN!...Love you Bro!!..."
"Dad, I can hardly belive that you are gone. I miss you terribly. I find myself remembering the things you taught me every day . You taught me to always honor the Blood of Jesus. One of the last instructions you gave me was this, "Sis Jan, wherever you go always share your testimony because it is so powerful and will win many souls into the Kingdom. I miss you Dad."
"I still can't believe that you are really gone. That you weren't here to help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first marriage you performed. It's just all so surreal. I take comfort in knowing that you are round about the throne, that you are hanging with the people whom you so tirelessly taught about. What even more comforting is that you're in no longer in pain or discomfort."
"You are an inspiration to me to continue running the race even when it gets difficult.Where i am today naturally and spiritually is because you have exemplify Godly attributes towards me all the years i've been around you.God has seen your work and he has put his stamp of approval on you with the words WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT MISSION ACCOMPLISHED."
"Today we the members of the PUSH/ DELTA team, celebrated 2 years of "stickitivity". You were so on target when you spoke that it only takes four (4) people to carry you when you are on your back. We continue to pray each night for the legacy that you have left behind. We pledge to keep the "Torch" lit. Though the vision tarry we wait for him. FOREVER MISSED"
"God work will be done God way for his glory the words of my cuz,pastor and my best friend.I can see you now on heaven balcony saying, to the church hold the fort it will be worth it all thanks for all the time you spend pointing me to the truth of God words,only 1 you gone but not forgotten NAD"
"Farewell my friend, you've left us with teary eyes but also wonderful memories. Your short time here on earth was well spent, you impacted many lives and no doubt made your father above very proud. So congrats on your "stary" crown and we'll do our best to meet you there. Until then sleep on beloved and take your rest."
"I am still overcome with grief but know that you are resting in the arms of Jesus. I was the last sibling to visit you in rehab and the words spoken and prayer prayed are still etched in my mind. It is truly hard for me Dave to accept, no matter how I try. I am here to step up to the plate to carry on the work you have started. Will always remember you. Your pictures are all around me!!!"
"Today i light another candle to celebrate the PUSH/DELTA Team's committment to stickietivity". We will not allow any challange to deter us
WE WILL RUN THE RACE AND FINISH STRONG LIKE YOU DID"
"FOREVER LOVED & MISSED.....LOVE from MOM & SAL!!"
"A dedicated worker in the vineyard that will truly be missed. You have made your mark on humanity, and have moved on to higher services.
You were loved, and will never be forgotten, and we take solace in knowing that someday we will walk hand in hand on those streets of Gold, and you will still explain those math problems...........Miss you"
"Day by day I think of you,
How can all of this be true?
I can't believe you're really gone,
I still can't accept it,
Even after so long.
Just the thought of you makes me cry,
Source: Brother Death Poems http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/death/death-brother-poems.asp#ixzz2XF4Amq1J
"Your dedication and faithfulness to the work of God will always be remembered. You have ran the race and have finished strong. We your siblings will ensure that your labor at Faith Evangelistic Ministry- FEM 90 William St, NY & Countdown - Higgin Town St Ann Jamaical live and not die. Though the enemy has tried to scatter the sheep. God is still in control. YOU ARE ALWAYS MISSED"
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