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Ridout's Gardendale Chapel

2029 Decatur Highway, Gardendale, AL

OBITUARY

Lamar Smith

Passed away on January 12, 2020
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Charles Lamar Smith of Gardendale, Al went to be with the Lord on January 12, 2020. Lamar was born in Sanford, Florida and lived there until March 1942, when he joined the US Navy during WWII. He served in the South Pacific on the USS Indiana during the War. After the war he was transferred to various ships and stations until he retired as a Chief Petty Officer after 21 years in the service. He went to work for Civil Service at the Charleston Naval Ship Yard for 20 years following his military service. He was a Mason, and member of Eastern Star where he served as Worthy Grand Chaplain. He was preceded in death by his father, Laugton Smith, mother, Lillian Barber, and his loving wife of 65 years, Alva A Rigsby Smith. He is survived by his son, Charles Stephen Smith (Ginger), his grandchildren, Tracy Lancaster (Chad), Chris Smith (Sommer), four great grandchildren, Stephen and Lulu Lancaster, Christian and Luke Smith, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cherished friends.

Lamar was a member of Gracepoint United Methodist Church.

He was known for his gentle spirit, and was respected and loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His family and Braves baseball were his greatest joys.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 PM Wednesday 1/15/2020 at Gardendale Ridout’s, with burial to follow at Oakwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1-2 PM.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Memories

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Rachel Lackey

January 15, 2020

Mr. Smith’s grandson Chris is one of my husband Tony’s dearest friends and all the Smiths are like family to us. We visit as often as we can and always loved getting to see him when we dropped in on Steven and Ginger. The first time I met him was when we were newlyweds 17 years ago. He was telling Tony some war stories and Tony mentioned, “Well, Rachel loves a man in uniform!” He went straight down to the basement and brought up a picture from back during the war. He looked so handsome. So glad we got to spend some time with him and though he will be missed we know he is finally with his beloved Alva again.

Enid Clark

January 15, 2020

We walk into the room downstairs to see an empty recliner. No welcoming smile, no Braves Baseball humming on the TV. A lifetime of adventures, laughter, tears, love and loss all reflected in that empty recliner. Goodbye Lamar, we will remember and miss you, Love Dennis and Enid.

Nancy and Ted Huges

January 15, 2020

Ted and I enjoyed talking to Mr. Smith. It was a pleasure to hear all about his and his wife , Steve-and Ginger’s life. We learned a lot about the War. He will be missed RIP

Gene and Millie Clark

January 14, 2020

In 1986 Walter Clark Sr passed away in CHARLESTON, SC. Lamar and Alva Smith lived a few houses down, so our three children asked if they could go visit The Smith’s. I don’t know which of the boys asked Mr Smith...but they wanted to know if they could call him “Grandpa” since their granddaddy was gone. I don’t know who was happier; him or the boys. Mr. Smith was a kind, sweet, gentle man and Gene and I always enjoyed talking with him. He will live in our hearts forever.

Melanie Brake

January 14, 2020

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Sheree Smothers

January 14, 2020

I always looked forward to seeing Mr. Lamar each Sunday. I always made sure to greet him and talk to him. He was such a sweet man. He will be missed. RIP Mr. Lamar.

Sharon Jordan

January 14, 2020

When I was little, Mr and Mrs Smith lived a few houses down from my Nana and Granddaddy. My brothers and I used to run down to their house and visit them. They were like another set of grandparents. We loved seeing them, especially after our Granddaddy passed. Mr Smith kinda filled that void for us. I'll always have those memories from Sorentrue Ave. He was blessed with many years on this earth and now he can be with my grandparents and his wife, Alva. Rest in peace Mr Smith. We love you.

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