Cleveland Smith

Chief Apostle Cleveland Silvester Smith

Wednesday, July 23rd, 1941 - Sunday, April 7th, 2024
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In early 1970, shortly after Dr. Smith had relocated in Mobile, Alabama, a City-Wide Chorus was organized consisting of choir members from various Missionary Baptist churches to sing for special events (both state and national), meeting in the city.

Before he finished Rowan High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, during the summer from June –August, he was the musician for several church choirs, Senior, Gospel Choruses, Inspirational and others, i. e.: Third Baptist, Rev. B. J. Parker, Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist, Rev. W. T Smith, Pastor, St. Luke Baptist, Rev. R. E. Lesure, Pastor.

Dr. Smith said that he enjoyed playing for the Seniors. They would always say: “We have children older than you, so you’re not going to tell me what to do.” He would respond by saying, “I’m not telling you what to do, just sing this note or sing this song and they all would get a big laugh out of it.

After finishing school, Dr. Smith studied at Mississippi Industrial College on a Music Scholarship. It was during the Summer months. Rust College was located right across the highway. In the afternoons, he could hear Rust Choir practicing. They would sing year round. He said that he had never heard singing like they were doing. He thought their voices were so different from his, until he was ashamed to sing.

One day a little short lady spoke to him and she asked him did he sing and he said, “a little.” She asked him to sing but he couldn’t even think of a song to sing, not even a church song. Later he found out that the lady was the renowned Mrs. Nattie Dorsey who had worked with many famous people and a singing coach and voice trainer of Rust College Acapella Choir. After two years there, he came back to Mobile for the Summer. “My going to college was my first experience ever leaving home, I wanted to take a break. My advice to young people is to never take a break from studying because it is hard to return to school and continue your education,” he advised.

He was later drafted in the United States Army and had two years of duty in Anchorage, Alaska and remained in Alaska after he was discharged; and still playing music. He later moved to Modesta, California.

Professor E. Madison Cockrell, song writer, composer, director and a Minister of Music contacted Dr. Smith and asked him to serve as one of the musicians to play for the City-Wide Choir, and he consented A 130-voice choir met weekly at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Adams Street, Rev. Dr. S. M. McCree, Pastor. The City-Wide Choir also performed concerts for the financial aid of Selma University held at the Municipal Theater of Mobile. For one of these concerts, Dr. Smith sang “Walk on By Faith,” and there was an unusual explosion of praise to God all over the auditorium!

pains or had any complication; nothing was adverse around him. In a split second, things changed. He heard the doctors asking, “Why would you revive him? He will live only for a few minutes or an hour and he is subject to not remember anything or anyone. He could be insane. His attending nurse said that he hasn’t been getting any air for about seventeen minutes. Later it was discovered that Dr. Timothy Ahmadi tried one more idea. Dr. Smith was his first patient and he had just graduated from medical college. Also Dr. Smith was Mrs. Helen McGuire-Bolden’s first patient and she had just finished nursing school; he was assigned to her.

Months later after Dr. Smith unexpected recovery, he resumed his position as musician at Mt. Olive Baptist Church #1. He met with Dr. Stokes and the Deacon Board to ask permission to combine the choirs and call it a Mass Choir. They agreed and this choir had over one-hundred members. Each Sunday people would arrive as early as an hour ahead of time in order to get a seat in the sanctuary. And the Lord added to the church rapidly such as to be saved. One Sunday afternoon at a Fellowship Service at Aimwell Baptist Church, the Mt. Olive Baptist Church was their special guest. Sister McGuire-Bolden was a member of Aimwell Baptist Church. As Mt. Olive Mass Choir was singing, the Holy Spirit began to move and as a little small man with such a loud voice was singing, she also noticed a small frame woman moving back and forth wiping the face of the pianist and the people around him were trying to get him to be calm. Sister McGuire-Bolden recognized that it was her first patient, Dr. Smith. She asked everyone to leave him alone; he has to praise God. She exclaimed!” “This man was my first patient; he was totally paralyzed from his neck down. Look at him today, he is playing the piano and singing. Leave him alone!” Dr. Smith did not openly and freely talk about his death experience because not many people believed that after someone died they could come back alive and they believed almost nothing about the supernatural.

In 1972, Dr. Smith preached his trial sermon at St. Peter Baptist Church, Rev. P. O. King, pastor. He joined St. Peter during the pastorate of Rev. T. J. Davis. Rev. Smith studied at the extension of Selma University, Baptist Fellowship Seminary in Mobile, Alabama.

His nurse, Sister McGuire-Bolden, experienced a brain stroke. Dr. Smith went and visited and prayed for her. Several weeks later, Sister McGuire-Bolden visited the church. Dr. Smith called her to come to the altar and introduced her as his nurse while he was in the hospital. Her stroke had left her with a depilating limp. She stood up holding to the bench. Dr. Smith exclaimed, “Leave her along and let her walk up here”. She began to walk to him and since that time, she never limped again.

For over 30 years, Sister McGuire-Bolden would come to New Year’s Eve service at St. John’s and tell about how Pastor Smith was totally paralyzed, given up for dead several times and without oxygen to the brain for some 12 – 17 minutes. He was not a renowned person, but one of those many times, the doctors seemed as if they were mandated to try another solution. It was a divine revelation and God was in control. Near the ending of 1971, Dr. Smith organized an interdenominational singing group consisting of over 125 members to sing in various denominational churches locally and out of state. People would come from far and near to hear the group sing.

Dr. Smith was inspired by God during his illness to organize a singing group that would sing to all people, not only in churches but in rest homes, convalescence homes, hospitals, mental institutions and other institutions wherever God could be praised in song. It was the first group of its kind that was community oriented. They were named the Cleveland Smith Chorale, Inc. Little did the local community know that the formation of this chorus would tap into a new level of worship and praise.

His first practice of the New Year (January 25, 1971) turned out to be the most spiritual rehearsal held at any time. Its first concert was held at Union Baptist Church, Plateau, AL. The Cleveland Smith Chorales’ objective was to carry God’s Message in song; inspiring those who were unsaved to seek salvation and those who faltered to renew their faith.

Their Motto: “I have lived with myself and so I want to be fit for myself to know.” Prior to this debut, the group made their first recording on Tuesday, January 26. The first song was written and composed by Dr. Smith entitled “God is My Friend” with the flip side caring a new arrangement by Dr. Smith, “You Must Have That Old Time Religion.”

Reminisces about the Cleveland Smith Chorale

Its first President, Ms. Ethel Fairley reminisces of its humble beginnings. She states rehearsals began at each home. One week at her home in Toulminville and another week at Dr. Smith’s home in Toulminville. After a membership drive, no longer could they meet in the homes. On June 12, 1974, membership increased by 72. Rehearsal was moved to St. Mark Christian Church. Ms. Fairley had a huge smile on her face as she talked about the effect the Cleveland Smith Chorale had on those who attended the concerts. She states, “We were “tough”, when we marched in singing “To Thee We Give Thanks Oh Lord”, with such an anointing engulfed the building. People would be standing all around the walls and outside building just to witness the Chorale singing.

The Cleveland Smith Chorale’s mission statement was to help the needy whether with food, clothing or finance, to seek the unsaved and show them there is a reality in serving a true and living God and to unite with the saved in lifting the Name of Jesus. During the interview, she would break out in her sultry voice and sing different parts of various songs. The current President, Evangelist Barbara Logan joined in the praise. We talked about songs such as “Stretch Out,” “Something Happened When He Got a Hold of Me” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Although most of the starting group has transitioned, it brought fond and happy memories of how the group started and the rigorous rehearsal held by Rev. Smith.

The word was spreading about the group all across the country. Invitations were coming from California, Texas, Michigan, New York, Louisiana and Illinois. The Chorale had a need for transportation. The Lord Almighty saw the need and provided the Chorale with a doubled-decker bus so that the ministry of music could travel across country. Dedication of the bus was during the 3rd Annual Concert, June 23, 1974 by Mrs. Irene J. Ware that was held at Vigor High School. Requests from renowned ministers, Apostles, hymn writers and Elders were flooding the office. Just to mention a few: Sister Hooks and Sister Fannie McBride of Jackson, Mississippi; Pastor Patton of Detroit, Michigan; Pastor Nichols and Apostle Auturo Skinner of Jamaica, New York; Apostle Johnnie Washington, Uncle Ralph of Chicago, Illinois and Elder Hattie Bostic of Menlo Park, California.

Ms. Fairley recalls the concert in San Antonio, Texas. It was her cousin’s church. She had heard about the Chorale and insisted they come to her church. When the Chorale arrived, people were standing on the outside wanting to get in. Once the Chorale entered signing “To Thee We Give Thanks Oh Lord”, she saw people standing all around the wall. The Spirit of God fell and rested on all that could hear the singing! Concerts were held at the Mobile Municipal Auditorium and ILA Hall. Wherever and whenever there was an invitation, the Chorale made its way to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through song and worship. The Chorale took worship and praise to a totally new level, allowing God to minister to each member as they minister to others. Many strong-holds and refreshing from God was released as this anointed, power-filled group renders praise in songs and in deeds.

In 1974, St. John’s Deliverance Temple, Inc. was organized, continuing the Chorale community outreach and extended more community ministry outreach. This included feeding the hungry, helping the needy, clothing temporary shelters for the out-of-doors and any and every thing to help those that were destitute. Pastor Smith often reflects on his newspaper interview after the ministry first open. He told the reporter interviewing him that the Lord was showing him many people needed to be reached because many of our old, well established churches were not interested in the outcasts, drug addicts, alcoholics, etc. nor the ones that was considered to be “the lower-class people.” And after a pause, he added, “Many in the “upper class” needed to be reached too and they need to be made aware of the power of God that is available to them through his Son, Jesus”.

Pastor Smith says, “It is amazing that in the earlier days, the majority of the membership were unemployed, on welfare, and broke. About 10% out of 135 members were gainfully employed. He was one of the 10% working. The preaching of the gospel gave us a new hope with unspeakable joy! We had church daily at that time. We were just filled with joy and that kind of unspeakable joy is still manifested in our services today thirty-four years later! We just don’t meet daily. Pastor Smith says, “Don’t get overly relaxed. Those days will occur again because of hideous times”. We traveled across the United States; broadcasted nationwide and God supplied our needs “right out of nowhere” without governmental assistance or some large financial institution backing us.

In 1986, St. John’s Christian Academy presently called St. John’s School of Tomorrow was opened. Since that time, it has a resounding alumnus. Many continued and graduated from major colleges and universities. Institutions such as Stillman University, University of South Alabama, University of Mobile, Spring Hill College, Faulkner State University, and Bishop State Community College. Graduates from St. John’s School of Tomorrow have entered in professions, namely: communications, executives, school teachers, accountants, nurses, musicians, Apostles, Pastors, Evangelists, teachers, RN nurses, cosmetologists, graphic artists, government workers, and writers. Pastor Smith is in awe over the statistics considering many of the one parent families. They are doing it since their children have finished school. Some are now getting their high school diplomas and college degrees. Apostle Smith has been awarded a Doctor of Theology degree from Cannon Bible College.

Dr. Smith is preceded in death by his mother, Mother Annie Mae Roberson and his father, Melvin Charles Smith.

He leaves to cherish his memory three adopted children and a very devoted God-son; devoted daughter, Bernice Smith (Mobile, AL), devoted God-son, Terence (Biondi) Perkins, Kendrick (Urania) Smith, Letesha (Christopher) Williams, Sr., He affectionately called favorite cousins, Pastor Johnny and Co-Pastor Deborah McGowan, a host of many grandchildren, cousins, and other relatives, the entire St. John’s Deliverance Church Family of Mobile, Alabama and the St. John’s Deliverance Temple of Cool Springs, South Carolina and this entire Mobile, Alabama.
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    Sunday, April 14th, 2024 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday, April 14th, 2024 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    St. John's Deliverance Temple
    2621 Ralston Road
    MOBILE, AL 36606
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    Sunday, April 14th, 2024 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, April 14th, 2024 3:00pm
    St. John's Deliverance Temple
    2621 Ralston Road
    MOBILE, AL 36606
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    Monday, April 15th, 2024 | 10:00am
    Monday, April 15th, 2024 10:00am
    Pine Crest Cemetery
    Dauphin Island Parkway
    MOBILE, AL 36605
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Apostle Marvin & Dr Palema Cook

Posted at 03:33pm
As a Neighbor Dr. Smith always had a beautiful smile & a warm welcome of good morning or good evening for myself and my wife. We will always treasure his kindness shown to us. Bless you Dr. Smith & to your family & friends we extend much love. Your presence in the neighborhood will be greatly missed.
From: Apostle Marvin & Dr Palema Cook, Neighbors.

Christine Harris

Posted at 09:04am
Special Condolences to “The St. John’s Deliverance Temple
Family.” May God continue to bless, comfort and strengthen each of you as you go through this time of sadness. I thank God for the teachings of Apostle Smith.
He was a blessing to all that knew him.
“To God Be The Glory!!!”
Gone But Never Forgotten.
Sis.Harris & Family.

Willietta Bracy

Posted at 09:43pm
It's with my sincere condolences to the Family and love ones and Church Family May GOD give you comfort and peace and strength now and forever 🙏🏾❤️🌹

Mrs Marquitta Montgomery Williams

Posted at 07:21pm
My Deepest Sympathy And Heart Felt Condolences Praying For The Entire St John Deliverance Temple Church And The Entire Smith Family May God Give you Strength, peace And comfort During This Time of Sorrow Apostle Cleveland Smith Use To Be Our Musician When I Was A Child At Mt.Olive Missionary Baptist Church #1 I Will Always Remember Apostle Cleveland Smith He Was A Awesome Man Of God To The St John Deliverance Temple Church Family And The Entire Smith Family Remember That Weeping May Endure For A Night But Unspeakable Joy Comes in The Morning Blessings

Trenier France

Posted at 09:53am
I was a member of St John in the late seventies and sing with the Cleveland Smith corral before I started my army career 1975 he was a great man of God I also started my Christian journey under his leadership
Trenier L.France (ret) Sfc USA

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