Ruben was the son of the late Doc Smith and Pearlie Grimes Smith of Hollandale. Ruben was the last surviving sibling of 10 children. He accepted Jesus Christ at the age of 8 years old and was baptized at the New Bethel Baptist Church of Cleveland, MS.
Ruben was married to the late Frances Alice Richardson for over 56 years after marrying in October 1955.
Ruben was a faithful member of United Missionary Baptist Church and served in the deacon ministry for over 50 years. He served in the US Army during WWII.
Ruben leaves to cherish his precious memories his three daughter, Edith Carol Smith (Gregory) of Southaven, Norma D. Petway of Durham, N.C., Jacklyne Faye Hubbard of Virginia Beach, Va.; three sons, Ruben Smith Jr. (Patricia) of Cleveland, Glenn D. Smith (Lawanda) of Spartanburg, S.C., and Bishop Keith C. Smith (Gytanna) of Spartanburg, S.C.; one sister-in-law, Ernestine Wells (Sherman) of Chicago, Ill.; 26 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews cousins and friends.
Family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 19,2012, at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Church in Spartanburg, S.C.
Final services will be held at 11 .a.m Saturday¸ December 22, 2012, at United Missionary Baptist Church. Bishop Keith C. Smith will officiate. Burial to follow in Delta Heights Memorial Cemetery.
First Family Funeral Home in Spartanburg, S.C., is in charge of sacred arrangements.