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Just 21 days after the death of his mother, Verlene Smith, Senior Pastor E. Dewey Smith Jr. at The House of Hope Atlanta (Greater Travelers Rest) in Decatur, Georgia, is in mourning again, this time for his sister, Edwanna Smith Stephens, who died last Friday.

“My brother passed 1/29/07. My mother left me 1/2/16. And my sister 1/22/16. I’m hurting bad, yet thankful,” Smith noted in a Facebook post the day after his sister died.

On Sunday, in brief remarks to his congregation, he thanked them for supporting him through his dark time and revealed that his siblings had requested that he deliver their eulogies should he outlive them.

“I want to thank you for your prayers and support. You know many of us have had deaths in our family. It’s one thing when you have to use your hands to close your momma’s casket and two weeks later use the same hands and close your sister’s eyes, to see her take her last breath. It’s just been not the best time. I thank you for understanding that, I hope you can,” began Smith in a video clip of his remarks.

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