Posted: Sep 11, 2012 2:57 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Sep 11, 2012 6:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - Rev. Charles Smith, the longtime pastor of Baton Rouge's Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, passed away earlier this morning. He was 80 years old.
Smith retired from his position as senior pastor at the church this past May, after serving there for 50 years.
In an interview with News 2's Sylvia Weatherspoon, he said being a preacher isn't where he first saw himself. As a young man, he wanted to be a singer.
"I started singing as a kid, when I was 12 or 13 years old, and I enjoyed it and I still do," Smith said.
Smith fought for many causes in Louisiana during his time as a pastor, including better education and race relations. After Hurricane Katrina, he opened Shiloh's doors and kitchen for 95 days, feeding and housing evacuees.
News 2 will have more on Smith's passing and the legacy he leaves behind tonight starting at 5 p.m.