Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Liston Smith
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Liston Smith
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
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Language: English
Creator: Estate of Liston Smith
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: Smith, Liston (Tool or Abbalastic)
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
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cA service of Celebraton
for the life of

,iston Smith
("Tool" or "J. balistic")
..pril 17. 1926 October 25, 1996
iwingb ... John Tomas Memnorial Chapel
Friday, November 1, 1996, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 4ovmber 2,1996 8:00 am. to 9:30 am.
funeral Service
Saturday, Wovemaer 2, 1996, 10:00 am.
St. JIdrew's episcopal Church
pe Sevaend Canon Lionl S. OhUmpner, Officiant
3nterment at ~stern Cemetery number One
St. Thomas, irin Oslands

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Gulogy of jiston Jlfrado Smith


Liston Alfrado Smith ,commonly, known as Toole, was born in St. Tho-
mas, on April 17, 1926, to Cpt. Alfrado Smith of St John and Catharine
Crabbe of St. Thomas. Unlike most kids, he did not get a chance to know
his mother, since she died on the same day that he came in to this world.
However, he was not deprived of the care, love and guidance that a mother
provides and a child requires. These functions were provided by the only
mother that he knew, his aunt, Casilda Crabbe-Marks. Aunt Cassy raised
Liston in the Savan area of St. Thomas where he lived until his death.
Liston's early education was primarily obtained from within the struc-
ture of the Virgin Islands Public School System. Ms. Cassy also ensured
that he and his cousin, Clinton Sprauve, learn a trade. The apprenticeship
program that he entered would serve him through his life. Not one to sit
indoors, he worked as a mason for many years until he entered the land
surveyor field as an assistant to the late Sydney Baptiste. He later joined
the staff of the Virgin Islands Port Authority, where he worked until his
Liston was and accomplished athlete and musician. He began playing
baseball and softball in 1940 and did not stop until 1980. In between he
played on several of the
top teams on St Thomas,
and was selected for All
Star games on all three
Virgin Islands and Tor-^ m" mi.

Liston as a young man
with his friends

tola, as well as trips to Canada, Venezuela and Baltimore. However, his
greatest achievement as an athlete reach a crescendo when he was in-
ducted in to the Sports Hall of Fame on May 16,1987.
Liston also displayed the same dedication and skill to his music career.
As a bass player in several steelband on St. Thomas, most notably with the
Alphonse, "Ito" Thomas band he represented the Virgin Islands in and out
of the territory and received notoriety for their performance at the World's
Fair in Canada.
Toole was a proud Savanero who had a warm welcome and a smile for
everyone. His generosity was boundless. He gave unselfishly of his time,
his wisdom, and his resources. He shared what he had. He enjoyed life
and kept abreast of current events. He loved to engage in conversations
about baseball and politics. Although his long illness left him incapaci-
tated, it never weaken her spirit or his mind. For example, he predicated
which teams with play in the world series. Unfortunately, he did not live to
see the final game of the series.
His daughter, Lester Smith, preceded him in death. Toole, is survived
by his wife Celestine Smith, five sons, two daughters, step children, grand-
children, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Toole died in the Roy L. Schneider Hospital on Friday, October 25,1996.
Rest in Peace.


P.O. Box 1703
St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00801
(809) 7754933 or 776-9841
On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Heroes Athletic Club of St
Thomas, it gives me great pleasure to welcome everyone of you here this
evening to our Eighth Annual Sports Hall of Fame Dinner Dance.
Prom its inception, some twenty years ago, the dub has grown significantly
from just having a dual friendly sports competition against our countepart
of St. Croix, the Crusaders Club, to contributing and participating in many
community activities and we plan to continue growing more.
We are proud to state that we are the original Orgnization from the
Virgin Islands to enter outstanding sports personnel into a Sports Hall of
Fame! We have inducted twenty-two outstanding men and women athletes
thus far, and after tonight that number will grow to twenty-five.
This year we honor three of the best athletes St. John and St. Thomas have
Liston "Toole" Smith, a "Savanero," was one of the best softball
and baseball hitters and fielders from St. Thomas. He was also a fast
base runner.
Alphonse "Powie Powell, from St. John, was probably the most
devastating softball slugger from these Virgin Islands. He was known to
have hit several home runs having the baB ending on top of the roof of the
Julius Sprauve School in St. John.
Austin "Babe" Monsanto was a member of the Tau and Red Wings Clubs,
which were champions in several sports in St. Thomas. He played basketball,
volleyball, and softball with these dubs, and was very good in al those
The Heroes Athletic Club of St Thomas hereby congratulates "Toole,
"Powie," and "Babe" on tonight's entrance into the Sports Hal of Famel
Julio Francis President

1987: Heoroes
Athletic Club of St.
Thomas 8th
Annual Sports
Hall of Fame
Dinner Dance

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It is an honor and a pleasure to salute the members and supporters of the
Heroes Athletic Club of St. Thomas as you gather together for its eighth
annual Sports Hall of Fame Dinner Dance.
You will be inducting into your Hall of Fame three of the great figures in
Virgin Islands athletics Alphonse "Powie" Powell of St. John and Austin
*Babe" Monsanto and Lston "Toole" Smith, both of St. Thomas.
These three gentlemen join an illustrious list of the sports heroes of our
It is gratifying that the Heroes Athletic Club continues year after year to
keep the sports traditions of the Virgin Islands alive and to focus attention on
those individuals who so richly deserve our honor and recognition.

Alexander A. Farrelly
Governor of the Virgin Islands
May 16, 1987

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Celestine Smith
Liston, Leslie, Lesmore, Horatio and Louis Smith
Linda and Joanne Smith
Jascinth, Melvin, Ralphston and Franklin
Charlene Canton, Kiyona, Kymoi Harley, Simra, Shekima, Shamika,
Lesmore Jr., Latishma, Lachea and Leslie Smith II
Rukya and Rupert Jr. Lewis, Denesha Henry,
Ajani Canton, Adika Morgan,
Akida Johnson, Akwan, Akini and Azia
Albert, Alfredo, Alfred and Roy Smith
Blanch Olivierie, Anna Penn, Shirley Testamark and Yvonne Miller

Clinton Sprauve, Lawrence Robinson
Many nieces and nephews, a host of relatives
and friends to numerous to mention

Walt earers
Leslie Smith, Clinton Sprauve, Alfrado and Roy Smith, Jacob Smalls,
and Sinclaire Woodward

2lonorary pallbearers
Liston, Lesmore, Horatio, Louis, and Leslie H Smith, Albert Smith, Melvin
and Ralphston Morton, and Lawrence Robinson


Order of Service

MUSICAL SELECTION ........................ Albert and Roy Smith
EULOGY ......................................... Leslie A Smith
RECEPTION OF THE BODY ................. Prayer Book, Page 466
BURIAL ANTHEMS ...........................Prayer Book, Page 491
THE COLLECT ...............................Prayer Book, Page 493
HYMN #208 ..................................... The Strife Is O'er
THE LESSON ..................................... Clinton Sprauve
Isaiah 25:6-9
PSALM 46 ............................................... Page 649
THE EPISTLE ....................................... Joanne Smith
1st Corinthians 15:2026,35-38,42-44,53-58
HYMN # 60 ................................... How Great Thou Art
THE GOSPEL .........................................John 11:21-27
HYMN # 109 ....................... What a Friend We Have in Jesus
APOSTLES CREED ........................................Page 496
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE ................................ Page 497
OFFERTORY HYMN # 184 ....................... Blessed Assurance
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING ............................. Page 361
COMMUNION HYMN # 174 ............... At the Lamb's High Feast
POST COMMUNION COLLECT ........................... page 498
HYMN # 188 ...............................It Is Well With My Soul
THE COMMENDATION ................................. page 499
RECESSIONAL HYMN # 625 ................. Ye Holy Angels Bright


on ibe toiston mifh
You were a very good husband and I loved you dearly. I will miss you
so much, but you will not be forgotten. May you rest in peace until we meet
Your long we Celestine

DADDY... Well, we have come to the end of the road. We have been
though a lot together. From the early days when you and your boys would
spree on the weekends and you would give me your wallet to hold. I was
always amazed that when Sunday rolled around and you would call "boy"
bring some water the boiler(stomach) is boiling, and Aunt Gassy would say
don't bother with him, he have in his ganzine. I also remember with fond


memory when I started to play tasetai, run tracK ana play steeimana me
comparisons that were made. I suppose the comparisons were inevitable,
since I look so much like you. However, that was where the similarity
ended, because every one was quick to point out: how I could not hit,
catch, run, or play pan like you. That was just fine with me, because every
time someone made those remarks I felt special that my father was held in
such high regards.
Our friendship continued even when I moved away. The advise that
you gave me about living "up they" are forever locked in my memory and
not only have I applied them when I lived on the mainland, I also apply
them on a daily basis here.
In the latter days when your heath started to fail, you demonstrated a
courage that I hope I will be able to muster when my time comes. From the
visits to the doctors' office on St. Thomas, to the hospital in Puerto Rico and
back you were always positive. Although these trips must have been
trying you never wavered. I will always remember the drive and
determination you displayed through this ordeal. As I sit here reflecting on
your life, 1 remember vividly the day in the doctor's office in Puerto Rico,
when he completed your examination and said it was ok for you to get
dress. Knowing the type of man that you were, and although you had only
very limited use of just one arm, I did not offer to help. After seeing how
long it was taking you, the doctor suggested that I help you. But before he
could complete his sentence you responded that you would do it on your
own. And you did it. I think on that day I learned the meaning of the word
courage. When you were finished and we were leaving the office, I was
smiling, and you asked me why, I said nothing, but if you could have
looked inside of me you would have seen that I was busting with pride.
Because of your faith, courage and stubbornness, You delayed death for
more than a year. But, on October 25th the lord decided it was time to
pinch hit for you, and placed you on his team. Although death always
bring sadness, I do not think this is a time to be sad, but to rejoice, because
you have finally reached the Big League, and when the Virgin Islands All
Stars are formed in heaven, the starting left fielder will be Liston "Tools"
Smith from Savan.
Your Son, Leslie A. Smith, CFE, CGFM

Daddy, I miss you, I love you and I will always be thinking of you. Sleep
on dad, and rest in peace.
Your loving son, Louis

Dad, I wish we could have spent more time together, but nevertheless, I

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win always cnensn me umes we naa. z nope someaay we win meet again
without all the pain and suffering. I never told you that I love you, but I
hope you know that I care. Rest in peace until.
Your loving daughter, Joanne

Your four stepchildren want to thank you for all that you have done for
us. We wish that your soul rest in peace. You will surely be missed by all of
Your stepchildren

Liston, you were so good, we could laugh, we could talk and I will miss
you. Rest in peace.

Liston and I were raised in the same household separating only when I
left to join the military. We were like brothers. We played together, fought
together and laughed together. You were one of the most sincere, selfless
and loving persons I have ever known. Words cannot express the personal
loss I feel, but I am comforted that you are out of your suffering and that I
shall see you again one day in all of his glory.
Clinton A. Sprauve

All the things that Liston was to my father, he was to my brother, sister
and me. Never scolding because we hadn't visited in ages, always happy
to see us, hugging and telling us how proud he was of us. He was
protective of us, and it gives consolation to know that while he has gone to
his well deserved rest, he is still watching and saying, "Leave them alone.
They belong to me."
Bonnie, Wayne and Debbie

You have not gone forever, you have not disappeared because in my
heart I will always remember how you were so kind and dear. You have
gone forward to a place where pure serenity is known. A place where
peace is in surrender and love is always shown. You were a person with
dignity and trust To always remember you, I must. But for you, life has just
begun, and to me your memory will still live on.
Marva Smith

GRANDPA... I will never forget the visits with you when you would
always tell me to behave my self and to study my lesson. Well, those


words will remain with me. I have inherited some of your looks from your
son, my dad. And as his only child, I will continue to build on what you
have started. And I will behave my self and I will study my lesson because
I know you will be standing over me if I don't.
Your Grandson Leslie "Hakim" Smith II

On the Other Side
Goods freinds some day will depart
this we know to be true
when that time comes around
there is nothing we could do
but, as we live with faith in Jesus Christ
and in him we do abide
we hope to meet again some day on the other side
Your friend, St. Clair Woodward

I knew Liston Smith all my life. We Iplayed baseball and softball on the
same teams for many years. Friendly and respect was his trade. Rest in
Peace Liston
Jacob E. Smalls

To the Family of Liston A. Smith... Liston worked as a Trades Helper at
the Virgin Islands Port Authority for 11 years. He was a dedicated em-
ployee and a warm friend to all. His thoughtfulness and kindness will
always be remembered. With great personal sorrow we share your loss
and extend our heartfelt sympathy.
The Management and Staff
Virgin Islands Port Authority

To Leslie A. Smith ... We know it is hard to explain how it feels when
you have lost your father. Many emotions go through your mind and soul.
However, the one thing that's constant is love, especially towards a man
who helped guide your footsteps and accepted you for who you are, and
showing you all would be well. We would like you to remember him
always as affectionate with all the years you have shared with him. May he
rest in peace.
Monique, Leonie, Cheryl and Shirley
Internal Audit Staff, Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority


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