Central Funeral Home


Thomas Rutland Smith III

June 24, 1938December 20, 2020

“For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 18:19 Thomas Rutland Smith III was born on June 24, 1938 in Crowley, Louisiana and passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 in Covington, Louisiana. He and his wife Sadie Mae Breaux Smith lived in Baton Rouge most of their married life and raised their family there. Thomas’s career as a mechanical contractor started at Honeywell, Inc., then owned his own business, Enercon, Inc., and finished his career at LSU as the night supervisor for facility services. He was an active member of The Knights of Columbus, served as Lector, Commentator and Eucharistic Minister at St. Pius and St. Isidore Catholic Churches, and as scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a frequent volunteer for his daughter’s Girl Scout troops. Thomas was preceded in death by his wife Sadie, and his parents Oren Mayo Smith and Eula Cecile Leger. He is survived by his brother, Oren Mayo Smith Jr. and wife Suzie of Lafayette, LA; and his four children, Thomas R. Smith IV of Midland TX; Michelle Ducote and husband Erich and daughters Ashley of Wichita Falls, TX and Lauren of Mandeville, LA; Charlotte Roach and husband Mike of Houston, TX; and Michael Smith and son Taylor Smith of Frisco, TX. A visitation will occur Monday, December 28, 2020 at St. Isidore Catholic Church at 5657 Thomas Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70811 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM with a mass to follow. An entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 6213 Groom Rd, Baker, LA 70714. Central Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation

    Monday, December 28, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, December 28, 2020


Thomas Rutland Smith III

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Kathy Chester-Wooley

January 9, 2021

Thoughts and prayers are with you all in the loss of Tommy. Cherish all the wonderful memories and they will give you comfort in the days and months ahead . May God Bless you all

With Deepest Sympathy

Charles King

December 28, 2020

Our families have been friends for many years, and we had many fun times together as teenagers. Thanks for the memories, I feel blessed.

Charles King, Crowley

Mary Donna Bishop

December 23, 2020

Charlotte, Mike and Ashley, what a beautiful tribute to such a kind man and loving father and grandfather. I am so sorry and sad. He will be so deeply missed by everyone who knew him. I pray that our Heavenly Father's perfect love will hold you up as you endure this terrible loss. Much love and prayers to all of you.