Melvin James Smith III was born on August 13, 1942 in Kansas City, Kansas to Francis W. Smith and Lizabeth Noland Smith. Melvin grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and graduated from Sumner High School in 1960. After high school he attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with emphasis in Science and Math.
Melvin was drafted into the United States Army and served 3 years during the Vietnam War. He received an honorable discharge. He began working for the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District 500 as a teacher. He worked for 31 years, retiring in 1998. Melvin was involved in The Northeast Optimist Club, and was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He loved to play Dominoes and Pinochle.
In 1974, Melvin married Zella Mae Farr in Kansas City, Kansas. They were happily married for 45 years.
Melvin was preceded in death by his father, Francis; mother, Lizabeth; brother, Wendell Maurice Smith and sister, Saundra Juanita Smith.
Left to cherish Melvin’s memory is his wife of 45 years, Zella of Kansas City, Kansas; his sons, Michael C. Smith and Melvin J. Smith IV both of Kansas City, Kansas; his daughter, Monica Juanita Smith Ordonez of Ecuador, South America; his grandchildren, Michael C. Smith II and Maleek James Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Paradise Poem....A World Without Tears
Think of a world, a world without tears … Rev. 7:14
Where a man can live for a thousand years … Isa. 33:34
With never a grief, an ache or a pain … Rev. 24:3-5
And never a thought of dying again … Isa. 25:8
Think of a world where a man plants a vine … Ps. 107:37
He can sit in its shade and say 'This is mine'... Isa. 22:25
He will dwell in the house his own hands have made … Isa. 65:21
And none shall molest him, or make him afraid ... Mic. 4:4
Think of world without bloodshed and strife … Ps. 46:9
Where no man can take another man's wife … Prov. 12:28
Where man everywhere will unite in peace … Ps. 37:11
And malice and hatred forever will cease … John 13:35
Think of a world as a green paradise … Isa. 36:12
Where mountains and deserts dazzle your eyes … Isa. 53:12
With bountiful flowers, trees and skies … Isa. 3: 1, 2
With animals, birds and butterflies … Ps. 10: 24
Think, just as sure, as God's word is truth … John 17:17
A man will go back to the days of his youth … Job 33:25
His flesh will become as the flesh of a child
And the words that he speaks will be gentle and mild … Matt. 5:5
Think of a world where a lame man will leap … Isa. 35:6
Bounding for joy, like a deer or a sheep
Where none will be deaf and the blind ones will see ..
And mute ones will speak and sing joyfully … Isa. 35:6
Think of a world where men are all Brothers … Matt. 23:8
Esteeming themselves not above any others … Phil. 2:3
Where a man greets a man as a friend to a friend … John 15:13-19
In a world without tears that will never end … John 10:28
Think of a world where the dead will arise … Jer. 31:17
From their silent tombs to a dream paradise … John 11:23-26
To live forever in true peace and Love … 1Cor. 16:14
And all will be cared for by the Great One above … 1Pet. 5:6,7
Now a world without tears is not just a dream … Heb. 6:10
To some, too good to be true it may seem … Tit. 1:2
But just as sure, as God's word is true … John 17:17
A world without tears now lies before you … 2Pet. 3:13
So if these words have opened your eyes … Luke 21:28
Would you like to live in Earth's Paradise … Luke 23:43
To share all the blessings that God has in store … 1Cor. 2:9
For all who would do His Will evermore … Ps. 37:4
'Good News' of this Kingdom is still being sung … Rev. 14:6
Through out every nation and people and tongue … Matt. 24:14
And all who are thirsting for Truth are invited … Rev. 7:16,17
To accept this Good news, be warmly united … Rev.7:9
In Praising our God, our Savior and King … Jer. 10:10
Who gives to us all, our life, everything … Ps. 36:9
So that we might live through endless years … John 6:51
In a world without sorrow. A world without tears … Rev. 21:3, 4
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