OBITUARY

Samuel Joseph "Dude" Smith Jr.

August 6, 1966January 8, 2021
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Samuel Joseph "Dude" Smith, Jr. was born on August 6, 1966. He passed away on January 8, 2021 at the age of 54 at South Cameron Hospital with his brother and nephew beside him.

He is survived by son, Samuel Joseph Smith, III and wife Megan; son, William Gregory Smith; former wife, Paula Smith; mother, Paralee Smith; brother, Charles Prentiss Smith and wife Jill; nephew, Charles Prentiss Smith, Jr.; niece, Claire Yvette Smith; uncle, Bill Dowers, Sr. and family; aunt, Wanda Lee Broussard and family; and cousin, Corliss Lynn Cooper and husband Bryan.

Dude is preceded in death by his father, Samuel Joseph Smith, Sr.; maternal grandparents, Prentiss Jesse and Gladys Price; paternal grandparents, Joe and Anita Smith; aunt, Carol Ann "Nanny" Dowers; uncle, Charles Lee Smith; aunt, Annie Jane Smith; uncle, Fred Broussard, Sr.; cousin, James Joseph "Sonny" Smith; cousin, Jamie Cooper; and best friend, Greg Efferson.

Dude graduated as salutatorian in 1984 from Dequincy High School where he served as Student Council President and lettered in multiple sports. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Finance from McNeese State University in 1989 and a Master of Education degree from Lamar State University in 2011.

Dude began his coaching career in 1992 at Opelousas Catholic School and continued to teach and coach for 26 years before going to work at DOW Chemical in Freeport, TX. Dude was a member of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association, the Texas High School Coaches Association, and the National Football Coaches Association. He was an assistant coach for the boys' soccer team at St. Louis Catholic School where he won a state championship in 1997. He served as Head Football Coach at Clear Lake High School from 2010-2015.

Services will be held at the DeQuincy United Methodist Church Gym on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 2:00pm, with Rev. James Barrett officiating. Visitation will be at the DeQuincy United Methodist Gym on Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm. Visitation will resume at the Church Gym on Friday, from 9:00am until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to DeQuincy United Methodist Church, 301 E. Center St., DeQuincy, LA. 70633.

Services entrusted to Jordan and Amanda Mothershed of Hixson-Snider Funeral Home in DeQuincy. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonsnider.com.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chas Smith, Active Pallbearer
  • Bill Dowers, Active Pallbearer
  • Alan Campbell, Active Pallbearer
  • Hank Shaheen, Active Pallbearer
  • Matthew Shaheen, Active Pallbearer
  • Vic Vicknair, Active Pallbearer
  • Cody Vicknair, Active Pallbearer
  • Mike Woodard, Active Pallbearer
  • Karl Overton, Active Pallbearer
  • Ryan Kurth, Active Pallbearer
  • Billy Kurth, Active Pallbearer
  • Bill Dowers, Active Pallbearer
  • Chad Vicnair, Active Pallbearer
  • Matthew Mucha, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Visitation Resumes

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, January 15, 2021

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Samuel Joseph "Dude" Smith Jr.

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Emmalee Shaheen

January 14, 2021

Uncle Dude,

I am so blessed to call you family and to have known you. You are a man who is the epitome of love - I can still feel the warmth of one of your infamous hugs. You have raised two amazing men that are full of your kindness, strength, and love. Your love lives within all of us and I cannot wait to see you again someday..

All of my love,

Emmalee <3

Caran Shaheen

January 14, 2021

I have so many memories of Dude there is not enough paper on the planet to list them all. He was more like brother to me and an uncle to my kids!! He will be missed beyond measure. It’s only bearable because I know where he’s going!!

Our family is a circle of
Strength and Love. With every birth and union our family love grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every crisis faced together the circle of our family love grows stronger.

Love you Dude, your favorite cousin!! 😃

Beverly Booty

January 13, 2021

To each member of Dude’s loving family, we send our condolences and heartfelt prayers. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you in the days to come, Love, the Booty family

Cathy Kurth

January 13, 2021

While my heart is completely broken knowing that I will never see Dude's handsome face again (on this side of heaven) - I rejoice knowing that I WILL see him again - I am thanking the Lord for the gift of Dude that I had for 54 short years. He was one of the sweetest, kindest, most thoughtful people I have ever known. Sam and Will, you are precious, and you are who you are because of the kind of father you had. Dude will be missed - there is no doubt - but he leaves in his wake a sea of people who loved him, and who are better for having known him. We will see him in the faces of his sons for many years to come. Dude - I love you and forever will love you and I will NEVER forget you. Love - Cathy

Traci Frederick

January 13, 2021

“Never miss a chance to slow dance with your wife.” Something that Uncle Dude told Jude on our wedding day that has and will always stick with us. I will always remember his hugs, his laugh and his smile. He will forever be in our hearts and our memories.

Traci Frederick

Gwen Chapper

January 11, 2021

To the family of Sam “Dude”Smith:
Condolences to the Smith family of your beloved Sam “Dude”Smith. Our prayers of strength and comfort goes out to each and everyone of you..Our minds hold the precious memories .Our hearts keep the love.Our faith lets us know we will meet again . May his soul Rest In Peace and May the family find comfort in God’s love.
Psalm 34:18 God is close to the broken-hearted .
Prayers, love, sympathy
Gwen Chapper And Family
Dequincy Hometown
Lake Charles residents

Neicy Poole

January 10, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I have lots of memories of Dude as we went through school together . Very sad about his passing . My prayers are with the family during this time and the days ahead

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