Kaul Funeral Home

35201 Garfield Rd, Clinton Township, MI


Baxter P. Smith

July 2, 1937January 20, 2020

Baxter Smith, age 82, passed away January 20, 2020. Baxter was born to Eli and Euesia Smith on July 2, 1937 in Tennessee.

Baxter and his late wife Lauretta married January 11, 1958, in Center Line, MI. Baxter and Lauretta settled down in Warren where they raised their two children. He loved to hunt with his friend and family but especially his grandsons. Baxter enjoyed going to the casino. He was known for his fish fries and homemade ice cream. Baxter was a kind, loving and gentle soul. He always put his family first and was a well-loved man.

Beloved husband of the late Lauretta for 61 years; loving father of Pamela (Daniel) Plotzke and Terry (Jennifer); dear grandfather of Adam (Yilan) Childress, Aaron (LaDona) Childress, Todd Childress (Krystal), Brianna Smith and Elizabeth Smith; proud great grandfather of Clara, Caleb, Holden and Hayden. Baxter is survived by his sister Beula Davis, sisters-in-law Barbara Smith and Debbie Smith, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Eli and Euesia and siblings Bonnie, Bernice, Bernard and Beuna.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 1:00pm to 8:00pm with a service at 6:00pm. Kaul Funeral Home 35201 Garfield, Clinton Township MI 48035.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the family.

Please share a fond memory of Baxter with the family in his online guestbook.


  • The late Lauretta Smith, Wife
  • Pamela (Daniel) Plotzke, Daughter
  • Terry (Jennifer) Smith, Son
  • Adam (Yilan) Childress, Grandchild
  • Aaron (LaDona) Childress, Grandchild
  • Todd Childress (Krystal), Grandchild
  • Brianna Smith, Grandchild
  • Elizabeth Smith, Grandchild
  • Clara, Caleb, Holden and Hayden, Great Grandchildren
  • Beula Davis, Sister
  • Barbara Smith, Sister-in-law
  • Debbie Smith, Sister-in-law
  • And alsomany nieces and nephews.

    He is predeceased by his parents Eli and Euesia and siblings Bonnie, Bernice, Bernard and Beuna.


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 8, 2020


Baxter P. Smith

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Norma Hemauer

February 8, 2020

What can you say about someone you can’t remember not knowing. I remember the homemade ice cream on the porch. Sitting on that bucket!😊
Going to Irish Hills-don’t remember how many times we did that. Baxter and my dad cleaning fish in the backyard after a successful fishing trip to Lake St. Clair. And so many more.
You all are a second family to me.
May God bless and keep you well.
Norma and Dick Hemauer

Nancy Moore-Haskett

February 6, 2020

My Parents and Baxter & Lauretta were best friends. When I was 4 years old, my family moved to Ringgold, GA. Every summer, we travelled to Michigan to visit my Grandmother. We stayed with Baxter & Lauretta. They always had fun things planned for us. Sometimes, they would come visit us. Baxter & Lauretta spent Christmas with us right before my Mom passed. It is great to know that they made my Mom's last Christmas a very memorable one. My Dad and I went to Michigan for Terry & Jennifer's wedding. So much fun. My Dad had a great time even without my Mom. Baxter & Lauretta came down for my wedding. I was so surprised. I still have the colander that they brought me as a wedding gift. I think of them every time I use it. We were more than just friends, we were all family. I like to think that my Dad, Mom, Lauretra & Baxter are sitting around a table, drinking coffee and playing cards. I cannot wait until the day I see them again.

Melanie Suska

February 6, 2020

Uncle Baxter was always such a sweet person growing up. After I moved away I didn’t see them as often but still kept in touch. I sent they a Christmas card each year and one day he and aunt Loretta sent me a letter telling me how much they appreciated my cards and that I kept in touch. They were both such kind people and I’m glad to have been part of their lives. Uncle Baxter meant a lot to many people and he will be missed

Becky Shafer

February 6, 2020

Uncle Baxter was always one of my favorite people on this planet. He was a kind gentle soul but he was also a Smith so he didn’t let people walk over him either. Some of my favorite memories are of him goading Aunt Lauretta on until she would be so mad she couldn’t see straight. He would just grin and chuckle, his eyes sparkling with mischief. He loved to get under her skin. I’ll also always remember how he loved to garden. He would always plant extra so he had plenty to give away. He would always have his trunk packed full of produce and everywhere he went people would be blessed by his generosity. I sure am going to miss him. Love you all.

Connie Jenkinson

February 5, 2020

Uncle Baxter, is a very special person. As long as I can remember he has always had a gentleness about the way he spoke that you always knew he cared about you and loved you.
I loved him like a second Dad and he will be missed with all my heart.
Love, Connie

Linda Horninger King

February 5, 2020

I was so Blessed &Thankful i was able 2 have Dinner in Dayton OH. with my Brother in-law Baxter along with Pam & Terry on 9-12-19 . Then on 9-18-19 was able 2 see Baxter & My niece Pam & nephew Terry again 4 lunch on they're way back 2 Mi.

Janet Lake

February 5, 2020

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Uncle Baxter, especially so soon after Aunt Lauretta’s passing...its so tough, and I’m so sorry. Uncle Baxter was such a great man...solid, stable, kind, loving and hard-working - he will be missed so much! I never remember him getting mad, and he was always kind...a great role-model. Here’s one of the last pictures I took of him, Aunt Lauretta, my dad & Pauline before they moved to California. I don’t think we are going to be able to make it this weekend, but you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Janet and Jason Lake

Colleen Moore

February 5, 2020

I always loved Uncle Baxter’s smile because it could light up any room. His laugh was the best and he had such a sweet and kind heart. He will be deeply missed.

Brianna Smith

February 4, 2020

Too many memories over the years to count. I will always remember every weekend going to Nena and Papas growing up and having the best times. The greatest was always helping papa plant the garden in the summer time and eating the fresh tomatoes right off the vine. Nena's spaghetti dinners when she would make enough food for an army. Papa making an ice skating rink for me and my best friend Sarah to skate on. Taking walks out to the scrap pile to dump the food out for the deer. Nena making all my scrapbooks for me. So many great memories!!! I love and miss them both so much.

Brenda Capone

February 4, 2020

So happy to know Uncle Baxter & Aunt Lauretta knew how much l loved them. Blessed to be part of their family!