David J. Smith

Dec. 5, 1940 –

May 17, 2015

David J. Smith, 74, of Waxahachie, passed away at his residence on Sunday, May 17, 2015. He fought hard, but finally lost the battle with the illnesses that have plagued him for the past five years. David was born Anniston, Alabama on Dec. 5, 1940. He spent his childhood in his home state and never lost his love for all things Alabama. After high school, David attended college at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, from 1959–1965. After college, David moved to St. Louis, Missouri and later married his first wife, Linda. They had three children, Robbin, Allison and Danielle. (David and Linda later divorced.) David successfully ran his own advertising business for several years before being called into the ministry in 1980.

In May 1980, David felt called to begin writing a biblical prophetic magazine that he titled “Newswatch Magazine.” His first issue was published in June 1980. After three months, his magazine was being mailed to 13 states. After six months, it was being received in 34 states—with word of mouth as its only advertising. Today, it is read in all 50 states, as well as many foreign countries. David continued to write Newswatch Magazine until he was physically unable. The March 2015 edition was his final issue.

In October 1981, David was ordained as a minister in Glorietta, New Mexico, during a Feast of Tabernacles celebration. In January 1983, David expanded his ministry to radio. And in 1986, he began sharing his messages on television. David went on to become a well-known minister of world news; in the light of biblical prophesy. He has given thousands of sermons over the years, authored hundreds of magazines, Christian living articles, biblical pamphlets, and even four books.

In October 1991, David married his wife, Brenda Kissee. Brenda also had three children, Braden, Bridgette and Kendy. In May 1993, David felt called to move his church to Texas. They eventually settled their church and their home in Waxahachie.

Besides his devotion to the ministry, David had a love for a few other things; that his congregation and close friends can confirm. He had an undying love for all things Alabama, traveling and sight-seeing, football, basketball, racquetball, Outback Steakhouse, “man-sized” scoops of Braum’s ice cream, dancing to disco, telling corny jokes, going on river floats, watching sappy movies, German chocolate cake, being very competitive when playing sports, cards and board games, especially Wahoo! He will be missed, and forever treasured in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

His parents, George and Thannie Smith, preceded David in death; he was also preceded by his nephew, Gabriel Keys.

Surviving family members include: His wife, Brenda, his sister, Carol Hagen of Jackson, Alabama, his son, Robbin (and wife Kelly) of Sullivan, Missouri, his daughter, Allison (and husband Mike Reilly) of Chesterfield, Missouri, his daughter, Danielle (and husband, Ziggy Eichhorst) of Waxahachie, his step-son, Braden of Arlington, his step-daughter, Kendy of Arlington, and his step-daughter, Bridgette (and husband, Adam Vestal) of Whitney. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Owen and Abby Smith of Sullivan, Missouri, Sean Reilly of Jefferson City, Missouri, Delaine Rogers, Hailey Vestal (and fostered grandchild), Tabitha Halliday of Whitney, Texas, Cameron Weldon and Emma Bunselmeyer of Arlington, and nephew Eric Hagen of Jackson.   

Services for David J. Smith will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday May 23, 2015, at his church, Church of God Evangelistic Association at 908 Sycamore, in Waxahachie. There will also be a potluck style, fellowship meal to follow.