Milwaukee Pastor Jerome Smith Dies from Coronavirus at 49

Milwaukee Pastor Jerome Smith

A champion for Milwaukee, Pastor Jerome Smith was remembered Friday, May 7 after losing his fight with COVID-19. He died at the age of 49 on April 27.

Smith co-founded the Joseph Project with U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s office.

“This has been rough and tough for us,” said Orlando Owens, a Joseph Project volunteer. “We will miss him but we will do the work in his memory.”

The program has provided job opportunities and transportation to hundreds facing obstacles, many of whom were incarcerated.

“One of the sayings I always remember is you don’t throw away people,” Owens said.

“He was the heart and soul of this program. He would, he saw this as his legacy to the world,” said Scott Bolstad with Sen. Johnson’s office.

Smith came from poverty, overcame mental illness and survived – becoming pastor of Greater Praise Church of God in Christ on Milwaukee’s north side. He will be remembered forever by those he helped.

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SOURCE: FOX 6, Hannah Jewell

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