Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 1, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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By SUZANNE R. STONE
The Rev. Jeff Smoak was ordained on April 10. He is a 1991 graduate of Aiken High School and has an undergraduate degree from The Citadel He attended seminary at Erskine College and is working toward a PhD
Aiken native Jet! Smoak was preparing for a sermon at an Anderson church in March 2009 when he came upon a passage that put him at a crossroads of his faith.
“And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.”
then I ?'*min»ir*' student, turned his thoughts immediately to Macayla, his 9-year-old daughter, who was dying from a degenerative brain disease. A grieving father and a man of faith found himself on a clift of doubt.
“I had to ask the question. Was my child struck? Was Macayla struck or notT’
Macayla Smoak was bom May 22,2001. She was healthy, happy and inquisitive. By 2 years old, she was memorizing movie labels and could work the VCR. Hor father remembers her adventurous spun.
“She w as not a guiie-girl.
She lov ed being outside, messing with bugs, worms,” he said.
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The Aiken SPCA Animal Shelter reopened its doors, cages and kennels to the county’s stray and adoptable animals Saturday after months of repairing fire dani-age.
live shelter at 401 Wire Road has been closed since the Feb. 4 fire, according to Aiken SIH A executive director Gary Willoughby. Fire inspectors said the blaze started w itll a buildup of heat that spontaneously
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Staff photo by Suzanne Stone Volunteer Betty Williamson with adoptable cat Daisy and executive director Gary Willoughby with adoptable pup Lego work the reopen ing of the Aiken SPCA Animal Shelter Saturday.
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The Lord Struck the Chtkf by Jeff Smoak it available at www.kilu.com.
By SUZANNE R. STONE
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C lub used a little horsepower to help make wishes come true at Saturday’s Wish Upon A Car auto show.
The car show took place from 9 a m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Aiken Mall and brought in about IOO classic and vintage automobiles.
The club also held a silent auction and gave out door prizes, and trophies were given in categories, such as Best In Show, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best C lub, Most Unusual and People’s Choice.
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This is the sixth year the club has done the Wish Upon A Car event, according to Palmetto Kiwarns president Angela Boyette.
“Some of our members have cars that they take to shows, ami we decided to combine what we like with our fundraiser,” she said. “This is one of the hest turnouts we’ve had. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina and Kiwanis-supported children s programs.”
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► The Aiken County Democratic Party plans to lend a hand to the Cumbee Center on Saturday 12A
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& Bible verse triggers Aiken native to doors to public share journey after loss of his daughter
By MICHAEL GIBBONS
The Smoak family is seen at the beach. Pictured, from left are Jennifer, Macayla, Jeff and Jacob.
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Aiken native the Rev. Jeff Smoak is seen with his daughter, Macayla, who died from a degenerative brain disease on May 22. Smoak has written a book about his experiences.
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