Catherine Smith (Cat) was born on July 1, 1934, to Author and Charity (Roberson) Robinson in Azucar, Florida. She grew up in Pahokee, Florida (Muck City) and attended Palm Beach County School Systems.
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She met the love of her life, James Smith (Sugar Boy), who is deceased. They were married May 10, 1952,
and to this union were born sixteen children, ten girls and six boys. Eight children preceded them in death. Two adopted nieces were later additions to the union.
Missionary Catherine Smith was described as a jubilant, out-going, and kind person known for her radiant smile. She did migrant work, domestic house work, and was a homemaker. Her children, along with two nieces, were her pride and joy. She would often say, “God not going to put a one of them on this earth he can’t feed”, “Not one of them will be lost,” and “Y’all left us; we didn’t leave y’all”. Missionary Catherine Smith was saved in 1960 and baptized and filled with the fire of the Holy Ghost in Albany, New York, under the leadership of Pastor Matthews. She relocated, with her husband, to South Florida and settled in the City of Fort Lauderdale. She joined Holy Redeemer Church of God in Christ with her husband, under the leadership of the late Bishop Harvey D. Bryant. There, she was licensed as a Missionary in the COGIC. She served faithfully for many years in ministry and outreach. She supported her husband to start Saintsville Mission COGIC.
In later years, she and her husband joined and served at Trinity Church of God in Christ of Margate,
Florida, under the leadership of Pastor Frankie Walls. Missionary Smith was a true worshiper, known as a Firer Starter no matter the temperature environment at church. If it was hot, it was about to get hotter; if it was cold, it was about to be hot. She always said, “You ought to take the LORD long with you every where you go (as the song goes).” Most any service she attended you were sure to her sing, “Over on the LORD Side.”
Whenever you saw her come through the door, late or early, everyone knew service was about to begin again. Faithfully she taught these two messages, “The Holy Ghost” Acts 2:1-4 and 1 Peter 1:16 “Be ye Holy for I am Holy.” She was Holy in her dress, talk, walk, and holy shouting (dance). She was a true witness for Christ everywhere she went, even upon her sickbed. It was said, “We know your Mother is a Holy woman of God” and “your mother is a Saint.” Sugar Boy, her husband, always said about his wife CAT, “What you
see is what you get.” Missionary Smith will be greatly missed.
Missionary Catherine Smith passed away peacefully on December 5, 2019, in Greenville, Florida. Leaving to mourn: seven daughters, Alice Cox (Art) of Greenville, Florida, Veda McDonald (Lafayette) of Augusta, Georgia, Diana Smith of Deerfield Beach, Florida, Mary Ann Huggins (Rudolph) of Covington, Georgia, Kathy Palmer (Luke) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Hannah Williams of Tampa, Florida; two sons, Jerome Israel Smith of Fresno, California and Mark Anthony Smith of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; one special cousin, Bernice Robinson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; one daughter-in-law, Michelle Smith (Jerry Smith deceased); one sister, First Lady Fannie Banks (Bishop Sylvester Banks); and a great host of grands, great-grands, great-great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, family, Catherine Smith friends, and a spiritual family of saints.