Richard Carlton Smith

September 6, 1946January 30, 2021

Richard C. Smith, 74 of Covington, Louisiana passed away peacefully on January 30, 2021 with his family by his side. Born in Huntsville, Alabama to Lawson George (LG) and Martha Smith. Richard lit up a room with his vivacious personality, never met a stranger, loved to host parties and watch his children play sports.

Man of many talents, he spent his career in the swimming pool business from a Life Guard in college to building and selling pools. In 1980 he and partner Frank St. Romain started South Central Pool Supply. In 1990 he and his wife decided to open a family retail and service business in Salisbury, Maryland along with his children. In 1999 he and his wife moved back to Louisiana as a regional manager for Fort Wayne Pools. They were acquired by PoolCorp and he retired as a purchasing manager in 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Debbie, and daughter, Stephanie Carey; four grandchildren, Riley (Morgan), Dakota (Koty), Emma and Chance; one great-granddaughter, Nora. Preceded in death by his son, Richie and by his brother, Robert (Bob).

Relatives and Friends are invited to a Memorial Visitation which will be held at Grace Funeral Home, 450 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington, LA 70433 on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM followed by a Memorial Mass at 11:00 AM in the Chapel at Grace Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family would request a donation in memory of him to: Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 501 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington, LA 70433.

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  • Memorial Visitation

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  • Memorial Mass

    Thursday, February 11, 2021


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Donna Segura

February 10, 2021

Richard was a kind, sweet gentleman. He was a wonderful neighbor and we enjoyed chatting with him while walking our dogs together in the neighborhood. We appreciated Richard's dry sense of humor. He was an incredible soul and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Debbie, and family. We mourn his passing and celebrate the life of a good man.

Cindy Wood Vince

February 8, 2021

I wish to express my sincere sympathy to Debbie, Stephanie, and all of Richard's family and friends. In my heart, Richard will always be remembered for his kind, fun-loving personality, his pole vaulting skills in high school, his surfboard, and his red Barracuda car! May God bless Richard and all of his loved ones.

Heather Howard

February 8, 2021

I was so sorry to learn that Richard passed away. We have all missed seeing him at the office over the past few years. Richard's stories were always a highlight during our annual Christmas lunches with Ken and the folks from Century motors.

Karen Payan

February 5, 2021

Debbie, I’m so sorry to hear about Richard. He will always be remembered as one of the most kind individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with. My prayers go out to you and your family. Richard will be missed and never forgotten.

Margaret Stephens

February 5, 2021

Debbie Mark and I have broken hearts for you.
Richard was one of the best men we know.
Prayers for all of you!!! Miss you my friend.

Kelly Beninghove

February 5, 2021

Oh, Mr. Richard!!! You were SO fun and funny to be around! You were always so kind to all of Steph and Richie’s friends and made me feel like I was one of your own. Thank you for the fun pool parties and sleepovers and chainsaw screams. Sending love to Mrs. Debbie and Steph and all of your family and loved ones. ❤️

Linda Sidone

February 5, 2021

Debbie, we are sending prayers your way during this very difficult time. You have been a loving, caring and giving wife. Richard knew he was truly loved! Take care.


February 4, 2021

Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about Richard. You and your grandson are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dianna Risher

February 3, 2021

Debbie, I was so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. I have only met you and Richard a few times, but I always enjoyed myself. He always had a joke or a funny story to tell. There was always joy and laughter in his presence. It was my good fortune to have known him.