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M. Lynwood Smith


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A compilation of some facts and photos about M. Lynwood Smith by Johnny Elmore.

A compilation of some facts and photos about M. Lynwood Smith by Johnny Elmore.

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  • 1. M. Lynwood Smith March 27, 1924 - October 24, 2007
  • 2. N.L. Clark. He was the preacher who took the gospel to Mississippi and established the church at New Salem.
  • 3. New Salem Church of Christ in the late forties or early fifties. Uncle Johnson Smith is standing by his brother, T.E. (Nong) Smith.
  • 4. Some of the ladies and children of the New Salem Church of Christ.
  • 5. Another view of New Salem’s church building. The old tabernacle in which the gospel meeting was held is not visible but stood just beyond the corner of the building.
  • 6. Lynwood’s maternal grandfather, T.E. (Nong) Smith. He was dismissed from the Baptist Church for heresy - He became a New Testament Christian.
  • 7. Lynwood’s grandfather with Lynwood’s mother, Lillian.
  • 8. Lynwood’s mother as a child.
  • 9. Lillian, Lynwood’s mother. She died from renal failure when he was just two months old.
  • 10. The only picture we have of Lynwood’s mother and father together.
  • 11. A rare picture of Lynwood’s mother with an unidentified child.
  • 12. Lynwood’s grandmother whom he adored. She was a mother to him after his own mother’s death. Her pious life and example brought out the best in him.
  • 13. A very rare photograph of Lynwood’s father and Lynwood - a babe in arms.
  • 14. We think this is Grandma Griffin holding baby Lynwood.
  • 15. Lynwood as a baby with (possibly) Aunt Jo holding him.
  • 16. Lynwood as a motherless babe. He always made fun of his “wooly” baby booties.
  • 17. Lynwood and his father, Rance Smith.
  • 18. Child Lynwood. Can you see why his family might have spoiled him?
  • 19. Lynwood as a child in a bubble suit and button shoes. How cute is this?
  • 20. A picture of H.C. Harper, a much- loved gospel preacher who held many meetings at New Salem when Lynwood was a boy.
  • 21. Another picture of Brother Harper. He was an editor of The Apostolic Way and later began another periodical, The Truth, which was the precursor of The Old Paths Advocate.
  • 22. Schoolboy Lynwood. He has his books and is ready for school at Loyd Star.
  • 23. Lynwood as a boy. These are rare pictures. This must have been some storm damage.
  • 24. Some say Lynwood looks rather depressed in this picture. Could it be....
  • 25. Outside of algebra, Lynwood was an exemplary student.
  • 26. Lynwood graduated with honors from Loyd Star High School in 1943.
  • 27. Young Lynwood, outside of Loyd Star School in Mississippi.
  • 28. Lynwood. How many pictures of him in a hat have you seen?
  • 29. This is Lynwood and (we think) his half-brother, Pat.
  • 30. Lynwood’s Aunt Agnes. She never married, she cared for her parents, and worked hard all of her life.
  • 31. Agnes worked at Shipp’s flowers in Brookhaven, MS for years and sometimes brought beautiful bouquets for the church.
  • 32. A studio portrait of Agnes.
  • 33. A later portrait of Agnes.
  • 34. Aunt Jo, Agnes, and Betty Joyce, one of Lynwood’s little cousins, at the home place.
  • 35. Lynwood’s home as I first saw it. That must be Aunt Jo, Lynwood’s grandmother, and me out on the sidewalk.
  • 36. Young preacher Lynwood - ready to tackle the world.
  • 37. An early picture of Lynwood with lots of hair.
  • 38. Part of our singing normal at Ardmore in 1946. L-R Students: Vera Elmore, Glenn Elmore, Sister Clyde Middick, Barbara Middick, C.T. McCormack (teacher), Opal Tate, Jack Ivey, Lynwood, Winston Middick, and Gayland Osburn.
  • 39. L-R: Lynwood Smith, Tom E. Smith, Homer L. King, J.D. Elmore, Raymond Bray, Gayland Osburn. At the site of a singing normal at Ardmore in 1946.
  • 40. Another singing school picture. L-R: Opal Tate, Lynwood, Vera Elmore, Glenn Elmore.
  • 41. Lynwood and Warren Arnett - probably at Sulphur back in the late forties.
  • 42. L-R: Nelson Nichols, Glenn Elmore, Lynwood. At Sulphur, when it was really a camp meeting.
  • 43. Lynwood and Dean Hopkins at the old church building on Tishomingo Avenue in Sulphur.
  • 44. A quintet trying out a new songbook at Sulphur. L-R: Korean Milner, Lynwood, Betty Tate, Billy Joe Tate, Glenn Elmore.
  • 45. Lynwood posing in the pulpit at Sulphur. Note the cup and brother E.H. Miller’s tracts on the stand.
  • 46. A spiffy Lynwood with Homer Smith, young Joe Neil Freeman and Mrs. I.H. Bills, picture dated March 27, 1949.
  • 47. At Sulphur again, in the old denominational tabernacle near the old church building. L-R: Howard Robinson, Glenn Elmore, Larry Robertson, Lynwood, Johnny Elmore.
  • 48. A young, happy Lynwood without his glasses.
  • 49. Lynwood in informal dress at the tabernacle in Sulphur. Behind him we see Bobby McGill, Korean Milner, and Billy Joe Tate. This must have been the year Lynwood lost his suitcase.
  • 50. Too many to name, but part of the young people, including Lynwood, who attended an early camp meeting at Sulphur.
  • 51. Larry Robertson, Lois Robertson, and Lynwood eating watermelon at Sulphur, OK.
  • 52. Lois Robertson in the yard of the old tabernacle at Sulphur. She was as close as Lynwood ever came to having a girl.
  • 53. Lynwood after a baptizing - probably in Missouri or Arkansas.
  • 54. A good-looking group of preachers - probably at Harrodsburg, IN. L-R: Wayne McKamie, Ted Warwick, James Orten, Billy Orten, and Lynwood.
  • 55. L-R: Billy Orten, Ted Warwick, James Orten, and Lynwood in a Culhane moment.
  • 56. At Temple, TX, probably in 1951. L-R: Lynwood, Johnny Elmore, George Titlow, Ted Warwick, Unknown.
  • 57. L-R: Dorman (Pinky) Bryant, Lynwood, Billy Orten at Sulphur.
  • 58. L-R: Back Row: Billy Orten, Wayne Fussell, T.J. Shaw, Lynwood; Middle Row: Leon Fancher, James Orten, Jimmy Shaw; Front Row: Nancy McLemore, June Branch, Janetta Branch and Sister Shaw seated.
  • 59. Lynwood and I made the front page of the Foreman Sun in our mission meeting at Oak Grove near Foreman, Arkansas. It must have been a slow news day. This meeting is described in Lynwood’s book.
  • 60. The editorial staff of The Proclaimer at Sulphur. L-R: Ted Warwick, Paul Mackey, L.G. Butler, Doyle Elliott, John D. Smith, Johnny Elmore, Lynwood.
  • 61. L-R: Leon Fancher, Dorman (Pinky) Bryant, Lynwood, Johnny Elmore. This must have been at Foreman, Arkansas in the early fifties.
  • 62. Lynwood and brother T.J. Shaw, of Commodore, PA, father of Tommy and Jimmy Shaw.
  • 63. Lynwood and John D. Smith. Do you suppose this was about the time a Baptist preacher referred to Lynwood as “Fatso”?
  • 64. An early picture of Lynwood. Looks like it may have been before a evening service.
  • 65. Lynwood’s Aunt Ivy and Aunt Agnes at the lunch at the close of New Salem’s meeting in August. No doubt many chicken pies were consumed.
  • 66. The cornerstone of New Salem church building. We could only wish that Lynwood had lived to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the church.
  • 67. Another picture of Cousin Sis and Aunt Jo resting between lunch and the afternoon service.
  • 68. Aunt Armindy, Aunt Jo, Lynwood’s grandmother (center) and Cousin Sis at the annual gospel meeting at New Salem.
  • 69. This picture of Lynwood and me must be in the early sixties - look at those narrow ties.
  • 70. Lynwood is not doing the Watusi. He’s trying to start an uncooperative lawnmower. Note my 1950 Chevrolet parked in the shade, and the lane to his home.
  • 71. I hardly remember this but Lynwood and I were painting the porch at his home.
  • 72. He and I were at Knott’s Berry Farm. Lynwood was trying to look mysterious, and I was trying to look like Stephen Elmore.
  • 73. Another picture at Knott’s Berry Farm with Wayne DeGough - not a very convincing photograph of trying to subdue a bear.
  • 74. L-R: Clarence Cude, Johnny Elmore, Wayne DeGough, Jack Ivey and Lynwood at Knott’s Berry Farm. Make-believe fun.
  • 75. Another picture of Lynwood’s home in southern Mississipi.
  • 76. A picture of me and Lynwood at his home.
  • 77. A relaxing moment on Lynwood’s porch during Paul Nichols’ meeting at New Salem. L-R: Lynwood, Johnny, Wilma and Paul Nichols.
  • 78. Lynwood baptizing an unidentified young man.
  • 79. Lynwood in his study. I think this is Tim Berna with him.
  • 80. Lynwood at our house in Fort Worth in the late sixties or seventies. Did he like watermelon?
  • 81. Happy days with Stan, Joni and Kim at the Elmore home in Ft. Worth. Our children referred to Lynwood as “Uncle Lynwood.”
  • 82. Lynwood with Johnny Elmore and Irvin Barnes at Sulphur, OK.
  • 83. My mother and dad at New Salem’s meeting - one year when I held the meeting.
  • 84. L-R: James Norton (Judy Dickinson’s grandfather), Sam and Irma Lee Smith with Grafton (Jimmie Smith’s father) in the background at New Salem’s annual gospel meeting.
  • 85. Lynwood and an unidentified boy. Lynwood was a great encourager of young people.
  • 86. Lynwood and an unidentified sister. He truly cherished and respected older sisters.
  • 87. Lynwood with his Uncle Garland, Aunt Ivy, on his Aunt Bernice’s birthday.
  • 88. You can barely see Lynwood standing in the door of his home in this photograph.
  • 89. The chameleon lizards kept me and Lynwood entertained as we enjoyed a visit on the front porch.
  • 90. Lynwood and Robert Holmes of Birmingham, AL. The man at the organ is Fletcher Gurganus, Billie Holmes’ great-uncle.
  • 91. I do not remember where this picture was taken, but evidently it was before I had my eyebrows lifted.
  • 92. L-R: Raymond Fox, Lywood, Glen Osburn, and Greg DeGough. I’m sure he borrowed the hat.
  • 93. Lynwood’s study - taken after his death. It looks better with a new paint job. Some landscaping work was in progress.
  • 94. Landscaping around Lynwood’s study after his death. Note the huge tree blown down during a storm when we were going through his stuff. Is there a connection?
  • 95. Lynwood’s study. This picture was taken after his death. Note the Stamps poster in the back. It was signed by all of the famous group, including J.D. Sumner.
  • 96. A view of part of Lynwood’s library.
  • 97. Another view of his books and in the foreground, the table where he wrapped the books he sold and mailed. He had many rare books.
  • 98. A letter from C.C. Stafford - A teacher in the Stamps Quartet School of Music, with whom Lynwood wrote many songs. A good many of us studied harmony under Mr. Stafford.
  • 99. A letter from E.E. Davis of Convention Music Co. responding to condolences from Lynwood at O.A. Parris’s death.
  • 100. A letter from Hovie Lister, pianist and spokesman for the famed Statesmen Quartet. This quartet recorded Lynwood’s song, Some Things I’d Change.
  • 101. A letter from Albert E. Brumley, one of the best- known gospel song writers. We are familiar with many of his songs.
  • 102. A letter from Rupert Cravens. Lynwood published many of his songs and wrote words for some of them. Cravens was a Presbyterian minister, originally from Competition, MO near Lebanon.
  • 103. A letter from O.C. Boone, later president of Convention Music Co., sending Lynwood music to put to words. Lynwood was a popular wordsmith among gospel song writers.
  • 104. A letter from Mrs. J.R. Baxter thanking him for a plant he sent for the holidays. I don’t know if Lynwood ever read Carnegie’s book, but he knew how to win friends and influence people.
  • 105. Lynwood and me at Lebanon. This photo was in front of the “dummy” of his last songbook along with the poem about old friends.
  • 106. Lynwood’s home after his death and some landscaping.
  • 107. Lynwood and the Elmore Family at the church house during his last meeting in Ardmore.
  • 108. L-R: Chad Smith, Jeff Cantrell, Lynwood, Kip Smith, and Ryan Cantrell during Lynwood’s last meeting in Ardmore.
  • 109. Johnny Elmore, Ronny Wade, and Lynwood at the Lebanon meeting.
  • 110. This was not so long before Lynwood’s death. This may have been taken in Ardmore.
  • 111. The graveyard at New Salem and Lynwood’s grave & headstone.
  • 112. Lynwood is buried next to his Aunt Agnes. He argued with her all the time but loved her beyond measure.
  • 113. Lynwood Smith: A simple man. Defender of the truth. Master of the song.
  • 114. “If you would be a friend, a friend forever, don’t act as if my faults you do not see. But tell me of the Friend who leaves me never, and point me to the cross of Calvary.” --M. Lynwood Smith. Gone, but not forgotten.
  • 115. Produced by Johnny & Sally Elmore, Stan Elmore, & Clay Elmore. Thanks to Darrell & Diane Smith for their dedication to Lynwood’s estate and memory. Thanks to Derwin Reynolds for making this presentation possible.