Agape Center department dedicated to Nancy Smith

Agape Center volunteers Lacy Cundiff (left) and Sheila Saunders point to a new sign dedicating the housewares department in memory of Nancy Smith.

The Agape Center has dedicated its renovated housewares department to the memory of volunteer Nancy Smith.

Smith worked in the department from 2013 until her death in October 2015. She was usually working when Agape was not open, sorting, cleaning and stocking items with care.

Smith joined the Agape Center when her church, Flint Hill Baptist, held a mission week there. “When I entered Agape, I felt something different,” Smith said in June 2015. “After I left, God continued to tug at my heart about Agape, but I wasn’t sure where I would serve. The next week, Sheila Saunders called and told me the current volunteer in housewares was leaving and would I work with her. This confirmed that God was the one leading me to Agape. I am always excited to be here and come as often as I am able.”

Smith was diagnosed with cancer and died soon after.

Sheila Saunders, current housewares manger at the Agape Center asked that the department be named in honor of Smith. “Honoring Nancy’s memory will be an encouragement to everyone who passes — of Nancy’s quiet, dedication to Agape, and more importantly, her desire to serve others, striving always to be God’s hands and feet in our community, always to bring glory to his name.”