Pastor Leighton David Smith
  • 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
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Pastor Leighton Smith, 53, born on September 3, 1958 and passed away on January 11, 2012. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kush Stevenson on 5th September 2017

"Wow!!! Daddy, I really miss you. This tribute is well overdue. I can't believe it's been 5 years since you've been gone, physically. Trust me, you are very much alive in out hearts and memories. For my birthday, I do what you used to do, alarm the people ahead of time of that special day, but I haven't been getting the gifts you used to get... :) I will keep working on it..... :) I've gleaned so much from you, being spiritually born in your hands, being baptized by you, being your 1st wedding and so much more. Thank you for all you've imparted into me. Thanks for the love, dedication, unselfishness, wisdom and knowledge, teaching me about the blood of Jesus, and most of all being a true man of God. "He was my Father, my Brother, my Pastor, my Friend, Daddy I miss you but you've taught me well. To your mansion in glory you have moved on, but you left with us your vision to carry on."  Gone but not forgotten. Until I see you again. I love you.  - your son"

This tribute was added by Marjorie Smith on 4th September 2017

"FEM Wall Street NY
Remembering Our Late Pastor

Today would have been a very special day for our Late Pastor Leighton D. Smith. He always looks forward to the celebration of his birthday.

It’s hard to believe 5 years has already passed since we say good bye to our Pastor, Father and Friend. He was one of the few who would not compromise the true Gospel. He was a passionate Christ follower who never afraid to step into uncharted waters. He taught us not to compromise our identity and how to use the Blood of Jesus.

We will cherish the memory of his unselfish life and we will continue to teach and live those things we were taught.


This tribute was added by Marjorie Smith on 4th September 2017

"WOW.....It's hard to believe that 5 years has passed since you left me to your new home.  LS, you are  not here physically but you will always be in my thought.  When I feel down your words to me help to get up and keep going, yes!  I will make it. We had memories of you in church yesterday, some of them was very funny, we laughed and cried. LS,YOU ARE GREATLY MISSED."

This tribute was added by EVELYN SMITH on 4th September 2017

"How hard it was to think that another year has passed  for the anniversary of your birth. You still are greatly missed.  As we still continue to celebrate your impact on our lives,  we give God thanks that the vision is still alive, though beset my many challenges.  But we take comfort that it's  built on Jesus Christ the solid Rock, and the gates of hell cannot. shall not and will not prevail against it. Rest my brother. I am determined to see  you again. Celebrate  with Jesus"

This tribute was added by Donnette Smith on 3rd September 2017

"My brother you're gone but never forgotten your legacy will cont'd in Jesus Name!!  What a special day -i can imagine @ yiur churches  today!! Hope to see u again :-) love u Bro!"

This tribute was added by heron smith on 3rd September 2017

"As i reminiscence about your contributions to  the body of Christ on this day which would be your 59th Birthday I'm so grateful that you were obedient to the call of God onYour life because every day the things you taught are manifesting more and more and so we are encouraged to continue saying no to the mark.your race was well run now you can enjoy the rewards"

This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 3rd September 2017

"Today marks the 59th anniversary of my late brother's birth. (affectionately called Dave).   I went to bed with you on my mind and woke up singing the song" The only real peace that I have dear Lord is in you"  Am still trying to cope with the reality you are no longer here but in a better place.  There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you. I know you would not want me to be fretting (and you would be calling me by my nick-name too). The family is holding on and working to keep your legacy alive.  In a few weeks will be Countdown's Fourteenth Anniversary. I visualize you sitting in your chair on the platform in St. Ann. Dave I am encouraged by the work you did while with us and much of what you taught is is now fulfilling before our very eyes.

Borrowing the words of someone who penned this poem; "For this journey that we must take and each must go alone, It's all a part of the Master's plan, a step on the road to home".   Sleep on my brother you are safe in the Master's arms.. Miss you terribly!  Dawn Sister"

This tribute was added by Cyprian Whyte on 3rd September 2017

"The work continues by those who have remained faithful, and you remain ALWAYS missed. May God bless your soul"

This tribute was added by EVELYN SMITH on 17th August 2017

"Just a note to say how  greatly missed you  still  are. Continue to rest my brother.  You planted,  we are watering, and watch God give the increase.  We are truly living in the last day.  but we will remember you encouraged us to SAY NO TO THE MARK."

This tribute was added by Caren Waugh on 18th June 2017

"Pastor Leighton D. Smith,  you have finished your assignment on earth and your father has called you home to a greater work. But on this Father's day many of your spiritual children surely miss you around but we are doing our best to carry on the great legacy you have left behind. RIP Pastor LS."

This tribute was added by EVELYN SMITH on 18th June 2017

"Just to let you know that mom and I listened to your last Father's Day message today. " What you want to  hear Fathers day message. Who is running this show. God or the devil? ..... ". Wow!! what a prayer. Your voice is so alive. You certainly are still alive in our hearts. You have rehearsed well and  is awaiting the great ceremony in the  sky. Cant wait to see you in your  glorified body.  No grave cannot hold your body down. Its my desire to meet you and my other loves ones there.  I am encouraged by the life you lived. Well done., Mission accomplished"

This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 18th June 2017

"It is Father's Day and I cannot help but think of you my dearly beloved brother. Yes you have fathered countless children and your love, devotion and encouragement with great leadership inspire us to be the best we can and be knowledgeable in the Word.  Thank you for the time you were with us and the impact you made. I am still listening to some of your favorite hymns - the ones we sang together on my visit with you "His Voice Makes The Difference" "Thank You Lord for One More Day"...your quote: "If you think education is expensive try ignorance".  Your legacy is alive today (Countdown radio program is indeed a blessing and we thank God for those whom you have groomed while on earth.  You would be proud of your daughter KW who recently graduated despite the challenges. MISSING YOU TERRIBLY but I know you are in the arms of Jesus!Sister Dawn"

This tribute was added by EVELYN SMITH on 31st May 2017

"Just to let you know that you are thought of. There is still a void that  hasn't been  filled., Your memories lives on.  I will continue to do my best to keep your vision alive, particularly  in Higgin Town. Signs of the time are here like you accurately predicted. You are missed and loved
Rest by Brother . Cant wait to see you again. Love Always"

This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 8th February 2017

"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"

This tribute was added by Donnette Smith on 12th January 2017

"My beloved brother........not a day pass that you're not in my thoughts..R.I.P..Gone but not you FOREVER!"

This tribute was added by Elena Kornas on 12th January 2017

"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"

This tribute was added by Janice McEwen on 11th January 2017

"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"

This tribute was added by Marjorie Smith on 11th January 2017

"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 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"

This tribute was added by Marjorie Smith on 11th January 2017

"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"

This tribute was added by Cyprian Whyte on 11th January 2017


5 years
Silent tears
Our best wishes are yours
You left us saddened
You've left us blessed
...and so it's no wonder you're forever missed

5 years
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

5 years
Our faith is still strong
For we know of a certain
One sweet day we will meet again"

This tribute was added by EVELYN SMITH on 11th January 2017

"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"

This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 11th January 2017

"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"

This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 11th December 2016

"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!"

This tribute was added by johnny watts on 29th October 2016

"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:"

This tribute was added by johnny watts on 29th October 2016

"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: bless Leighton..."

This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 15th October 2016

"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")

This tribute was added by Donnette Smith on 7th September 2016

"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!!"

This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 6th September 2016

"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"

This tribute was added by EVELYN SMITH on 5th September 2016

"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""

This tribute was added by Allison Morancie on 4th September 2016

"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."

This tribute was added by Marjorie Smith on 3rd September 2016

"I missed my HON, LS,  Leighton David Smith, you are gone but WILL NEVER, NEVER  be forgotten. so much memories .... memories"

This tribute was added by Marjorie Smith on 3rd September 2016

"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"

This tribute was added by Marjorie Smith on 3rd September 2016

"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""

This tribute was added by Rose-Marie Walker on 3rd September 2016

"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!"

This tribute was added by heron smith on 3rd September 2016

"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"

This tribute was added by Naila Garcia on 3rd September 2016

"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"

This tribute was added by Keisha Weise on 3rd September 2016

"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!!!!"

This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 3rd September 2016

"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"

This tribute was added by Donnette Smith on 29th August 2016

"Forever in our HEARTS............Gone but NEVER will be Forgotten..miss u big eyes........:-)"

This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 9th August 2016

"I miss you terribly Dave !!! Your birthday is fast approaching Lord help me!


This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 19th June 2016

"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
Sister Dawn"

This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 11th May 2016

"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"

This tribute was added by Janice McEwen on 2nd May 2016

"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"

This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 27th April 2016

"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"

This tribute was added by Dawn Smith on 8th April 2016

"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

Sister- Dawn"

This tribute was added by Louisa A Niles on 1st February 2016

"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."

This tribute was added by Charlene Vickers on 22nd January 2016

"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."

This tribute was added by Donnette Smith on 19th January 2016

"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...."

This tribute was added by Caren Waugh on 12th January 2016

"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."

This tribute was added by Jenice Jonas on 12th January 2016

"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."

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