Donald "Smitty" Smith Sr.

Sunday, March 7th, 1937 - Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
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Funeral services for Donald R. Smith, Sr. will be held at First Baptist Church of Swartz on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm with visitation at the church at 10:00 am prior to the service. Rev. Aaron Dickenson together with Rev. Roger Staupher will officiate the services under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Don was born March 7, 1937 in Crowville, La. Don died peacefully Tuesday February 11, 2020 after a brief illness. Don was preceded in death by his parents Leslie Smith and Tamer Smith Manning, sister Elaine Smith, brothers Charles Smith & Larry Manning and infant daughter Elizabeth Smith.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years Betty Peden Smith, two sons Donald R. Smith, Jr. and wife Brenda Smith, Daniel G. Smith, daughter Diane R. Smith, sister Judy Cryer and husband Waigne Cryer, brothers-in-law David Peden, Bobby Peden and wife Alice Peden, sister-in-law Harriet Manning and many nieces and nephews.

Don attended Crowville High School until his family relocated to Monroe where he graduated from Ouachita Parish High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was on hand to see the nuclear bomb explosion in the South Pacific in 1956.
After serving his country, Don worked at Sears & Roebuck for 33 years. After retiring, he continued to work as a security guard for the P&S Surgery building. He loved sports and for many years coached Little League Baseball.

Don loved music all of his life. He played the harmonica and sang in his church choir. Over the last several years, he played with many other musicians at several churches who offer monthly Senior Adult music programs. One church in particular was close to his heart – Memorial Baptist Church. Don enjoyed many happy hours singing and playing and worshipping with his musical friends.

His family would like to thank the staff at St. Francis Medical Center ICU unit for making Don’s last few days comfortable.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 17th, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Monday, February 17th, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Swartz First Baptist Church
    1983 Hwy 139
    MONROE, LA 71203
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  • Service

    Monday, February 17th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Monday, February 17th, 2020 12:00pm
    Swartz First Baptist Church
    1983 Hwy 139
    MONROE, LA 71203
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  • Interment

    Northeast Louisiana Veterans' Cemetery
    US 425
    RAYVILLE, LA 71269
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Posted at 09:41am
I'm so sorry to hear about Don's passing. I pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort you Betty and the Family at this time. I have known Don since high school at OPHS in the early 50's. Don, his brother Charles, Guy Roberts and I had a Southern Gospel quartet back then. Don and I have been in contact through the years. Don loved the Lord and loved to sing about him. I believe that he has a good reward coming. George Grubbs

Jody Lofton

Posted at 10:09pm
“Smitty” was a great man and baseball mentor. He loved the sport and made every young athlete that he met feel as though you were the best athlete on the field. Don, your dad was the Best and I know that you and your family will miss him and his witty humor. May God Bless you and your family during this time and always remember that he Loved his family and everyone that he met. Respectfully, Jody Lofton

Roxanne McCormick

Posted at 12:19pm
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Don's passing. My mother (Maurine Stephens) loved to sing with him at church and he blessed us by singing at her funeral service. He had the gift of spreading joy wherever he went. He will be greatly missed.

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