OBITUARY

Rodney Wane Smith

November 26, 1955December 17, 2019

Rodney Wane Smith passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. He was 64 years old. Beloved husband of Kim Milton Smith for over 40 years. Loving father of Amanda Smith Walker (Michael) and Matthew Smith (Maria). Grandfather of Thomas Walker, Anna Walker, Joshua Grande, Jacob Grande, Aubrey Smith, Emma Smith, and Matthew Smith. Brother of Randy Smith (Judy). Son of Betty Smith and the late Clinton Smith. Also survived by his nieces, nephews, family, and many friends. Rodney was a native of Monroe and resident of Mandeville. He graduated from the University of Louisiana Monroe with a degree in Construction Management. He was always passionate about his career. He worked for Ouachita Parish Public Works as an inspector for many years, and was currently employed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as Floodplain Management Crew Leader. He was the past chairman of the Louisiana Floodplain Management Association and served as a board member from 1998-2003. When traveling to different places with FEMA, he always made time to explore the area and meet the people. Rodney was an avid golfer and sports fan, especially when it concerned LSU and the Saints. He loved to cook and listen to music. He was a loving husband, father, and “paw-paw”. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Service at ST. TIMOTHY ON THE NORTHSHORE, 335 Asbury Street, Mandeville, Louisiana, on Sunday afternoon, December 22, 2019 at 2:00. Visitation will begin in church at 1:00. Interment will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made through St. Timothy Church to the Methodist Children’s Home. An online guestbook is available at www.gracenorthshore.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Kim Milton Smith, Spouse
  • Amanda Smith Walker (Michael), Daughter
  • Matthew Smith (Maria), Son
  • Thomas Walker, Grandchild
  • Anna Walker, Grandchild
  • Joshua Grande, Grandchild
  • Jacob Grande, Grandchild
  • Aubrey Smith, Grandchild
  • Emma Smith, Grandchild
  • Matthew Smith, Grandchild
  • Randy Smith (Judy), Brother
  • Betty Smith, Mother
  • Clinton Smith, Father (deceased)
  • Also survived by his nieces, nephews, family, and many friends.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 22, 2019

Memories

Rodney Wane Smith

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Mary Lover

January 7, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about Rodney. I worked on several disasters with him and he was always smiling and laughing. He was very experienced in floodplain management and was great to work with. He will be missed.

Ken Spedding

December 23, 2019

I too was truly saddened and surprised to hear Rodney passed away. I first heard of Rodney in 2013 while working "Sandy". In 2015, I had pleasure of meeting and working with "the" Rodney Smith in Austin, Texas.....need I say more....he will not be forgotten, a legend never is.
May God bless.....

Diana Herrera

December 23, 2019

I knew Rodney for almost thirty years, both personally and professionally, throughout our flood history. He was always looking to win an argument with other coworkers. He'd call me and ask Diana, "Am I right that..." When my husband for 40 years passed in July, he was one of the few friends that called. My deepest condolences to the family. I will miss the phone calls. Keep remembering the good times. They will always be with you.

Lisa Jennings

December 23, 2019

I have known and worked with Rodney for much of my career at FEMA. He was a good man, who often talked about his family with pride. I will always remember Rodney's sense of humor and always laughing and joking, AND talking, LOL. He will be greatly missed. RIP my friend.

Delores McLeod

December 22, 2019

I lost one of my best FEMA buddies this week. We just spoke about his going home for Christmas from the current deployment in Tulsa. Neither one of us knew he was truly 'going home' to our Maker. Rodney was a pleasure to work with. Always pitching in to access current status of the communities we were working with. Known as Rod-star for his incredible ability to get us back on the right roads in the dead-of-night - even before we used GPS! Truly a great family man. Dedicated to his wife and family. We will all miss you my dear friend.

Delores

Darian Long

December 22, 2019

Rodney, my friend, my brother...I will miss you always...you were a true friend, my best friend...you were one of the smartest men I've ever known...you had a huge heart, super kind man....we had such great memories together...I am so proud to say I knew you ...YOU WERE THE BEST, MY FRIEND!

Rhenda Giaccone

December 22, 2019

We would like to express our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to each of you. May God comfort and carry each of you through this storm. I'm sorry we are not there today. My heart is breaking for each of you. Hold on to one another for strength and the courage to face every new day. God Bless all of you.

Rhenda, Vince, Ben Giaccone, and Katherine Templeton.

Henrietta (Henri) Alleman

December 22, 2019

What a shock to hear that my friend had died last Monday. I am still in disbelief. We have been friends for many years and worked together on numerous disasters. Rodney you were the most dependable person I know and always looked out for your friends and coworkers. I’m so glad we got to work in Florida together last year. I will truly miss you and pray for your family as they lay you to Rest In Peace.
Love,
Henri

Verna Yin

December 21, 2019

I was saddened to hear about Rodney. I worked with Rodney both in Baton Rouge and SC. He was always fun to be around and lend a helping hand. He was approachable and shared his vast knowledge in all things floodplain management. I will miss him.

Jackie Henry

December 20, 2019

Rodney my buddy thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise in our world of FEMA and floodplain management.
Thank you for your friendship and always willing to hunt for fossils even when you didn’t have any interest but learned to enjoy the hunt.
Thank you for years of dedication to the cause of our mission to these communities that suffered great loss and Thank you for sharing the stories of the love of your family at home and of your FEMA family.
You are missed my friend
I’ll always smile when think of you
See you on the other side
Jackie

FROM THE FAMILY