CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — The Rev. Frank Harvey, 75, a United Methodist pastor who was co-founder of the Living Word Outdoor Drama, died Jan. 1, 2006, in a Lexington, Ky., hospital, following an extended illness.
A memorial service was held Jan. 7 at Sandersville United Methodist Church Sandersville, Ga.
Rev. Harvey, along with his wife, Hazel, founded Ohio’s Passion Play, the Living Word, in 1975. He was considered an internationally acclaimed actor and was famous for his portrayal of Biblical characters, including Pontius Pilate, King David, Judas Maccabeus, Judas Iscaiot, Roman Centurion, Ciaphas the High Priest, Joseph and the most frequently requested performance of Yeshua Messiah “Jesus.” He also performed for U.S. military troops at home and abroad. He performed several times in Mississippi.
Rev. Harvey received a master’s of fine arts degree from Emory University and a doctorate from the University of Georgia.
Survivors include: wife, Hazel; daughters Grace Dupree and Esther Harvey; son, David Harvey; brother, the Rev. William Roughton, brother of Harvey and a retired Methodist minister from Lakeland, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Living Word Memorial Chapel Fund, P.O. Box 1481, Cambridge, OH 43725.
Rev. Clarence Jude Smith
VANCLEAVE — The Rev. Clarence Jude Smith, 64, died Jan. 14, 2006, at his home.
Services were held Jan. 18 at O’Bryant-O’Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula with Rev. Brownie Tohill and Rev. Sam Jones officiating. Additional services were held in Coldwater, Kan., and burial was at Crown Hill Cemetery, in Coldwater.
Rev. Smith, son of Darrell and Alta Smith, was born Nov. 1, 1941, and reared in Coldwater. He pastored numerous churches in Mississippi and Kansas during his 35-year ministry in the United Methodist Church. His appointments in Mississippi included Pope, Greenleaf, Boyle, Moselle, the Mississippi United Methodist Hour, Marion, Vancleave, Burton Memorial, Roberts Chapel, Magnolia First, Heritage, Lexington First and Fayette.
Survivors include: wife of 40 years, Alice Smith; daughters, Penny Westfaul of Vancleave and Judy Smith of Ocean Springs; son, Bobby Smith of Mobile; brother, Leon Smith of Buena Vista, Colo.; and three grandchildren.