OBITUARY

Kayne Gregory Smith

April 29, 1962February 11, 2021
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Mr. Kayne Gregory Smith, 58, of Haughton, LA, went on to be with his Lord, Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Services for Mr. Smith will begin with A Gathering of Family and Friends between 5 & 7 PM, Monday, February 22nd, at Hill Crest Memorial, in Haughton. A Celebration of his Life will follow the next day at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 23rd, First Baptist Church of Haughton, with Dr. Gevan Spinney, presiding. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park.

Kayne was born to the proud parents, William and Margaret Smith, Sunday, April 29, 1962 in Rockford, IL. He was raised in the small town of Pecatonica, IL where he graduated high school, May 16, 1980. He then went on to join the Air Force August 21, 1981 and served his country for 26 years, including spending 9 months in Iraq in 2006. Then, he ultimately retired, as a Master Sargent, August 31, 2007. Kayne remained close with the Air Force, as he remained on Base as a Government Employee.

He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Haughton and would frequent Friday morning Bible study with the Men of Courage, as well as attending their monthly events at The Stable.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by: his Mother, Peggy Smith; his father Bill Smith; his brothers, Chuckie and Howie Smith; and his infant daughter Crystal Smith.

Left to cherish his memory are: his adoring wife of 29 years, Norma Jeanne Thomas Smith; son, Michael Thomas and his partner Brandy Brownfield; daughter, Cassidy Coker and her husband Daniel Coker; daughter, Courtney Smith; grandchildren, Gabe Thomas, Colton Johnson, Gavin Johnson, Sophia Thomas, Nathan Thomas, and Mason Thomas; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kayne was a humble family man at heart, and lived by the Bible verse Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness, be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

  • FAMILY

  • William "Bill" Smith, Father (deceased)
  • Margaret Peggy Smith, Mother (deceased)
  • Chuckie Smith, Brother (deceased)
  • Howie Smith, Brother (deceased)
  • Crystal Smith, Infant Daughter
  • Norma Jean Thomas Smith, Adoring wife of 29 years
  • Michael Thomas (and Brandy), Son
  • Cassidy Coker (and Daniel), Daughter
  • Courtney Smith, Daughter
  • Gabe Thomas, Grandchild
  • Colton Johnson, Grandchild
  • Gavin Johnson, Grandchild
  • Sophia Thomas, Grandchild
  • Nathan Thomas, Grandchild
  • Mason Thomas, Grandchild
  • Kayne is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Carroll Michaud

February 19, 2021

The Final Salute

“Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Kayne Gregory Smith our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Kayne. To Kayne it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during Desert Storm and Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom while serving 26 years in the U.S. Air Force. Kayne, we commend you for your honorable military service. You are a true patriot, who served your nation and your community with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. GOD Bless you. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion, the VFW Comrades of Post 4588 and the Disabled Veterans of DAV Chapter 30 in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Kayne’s family and loved ones.

Brent Ebbesson, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Ron Delaney, Commander, VFW Post 4588
1004 Jeter Street, Bossier City, LA 71111

Johnny Welch, Commander DAV, Chpt 30
7012 Suntan St. Shreveport, LA 71108
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

Susan (Smith) Simmons

February 17, 2021

Sad to receive this news...Kayne's dad and my dad Fred Smith were brothers and there were a whole lot of us "Smith cousins" when we were growing up. My sisters and I have many fond memories of playing outside (cause there were so many of us) when our families would get together. Trust me, Kayne was always in the thick of it if there was fun to be had! Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family at this time. Sue, Teresa, Marna, Ann and Aunt Pat and Uncle Fred.

David Biggar

February 17, 2021

I worked with Kayne for a year or two at the 26th Operational Weather Squadron at Barksdale AFB at some point between 2004 and 2006. We were both born in the same city, Rockford, IL. He was always an easy going and dependable worker, and had an honorable active duty career with the Air Force. I am so sorry to hear of his loss at such a young age. Dave Biggar

Ric Smith

February 16, 2021

Jeanne,
In the past I always thought of Heaven as the perfect place, but if it's possible, I truly believe that Heaven is now an even better place with Kayne there now. He was my physical brother since the day he was born, but I will always remember that Jr. High retreat when I was with him when he became my Spiritual Brother!
Even through the grief, it is a comfort to know that we will see him again. Jeanne, Kayne leaves a wonderful legacy to the kids & the grand-kids.
We will continue to pray for you during this time that you sense the Lord's presence & his love & comfort.

Eva Theriot

February 16, 2021

My sincerest sympathy and condolences to Kayne's family. We were colleagues at Air Force Global Strike Command. He was an asset and always willing to assist. We are grateful for his distinguished and devoted service to the United States Air Force and Department of Defense. Rest in Peace.
Sincerely,
Eva Torres Theriot

Col (R) Rizzo Risner

February 15, 2021

I am stunned and heartbroken at losing one of God’s Warriors so soon in his journey. Kayne was always a true professional who set the example all could follow. He was a first in, last out Warrior who was always there when you needed him, working shoulder to shoulder to get the mission accomplished. A kind hearted gentleman who was a true reflection of God’s Love. Rest In Peace my friend in the Joy of our Savior’s Love.

Scott and Melissa Sanders

February 14, 2021

My husband and I have known Kayne and Jeanne several years through our church. Very kind people. Kayne was very active in our small group and he will be truly missed. Love and prayers to for his family.

Jeff Sterling

February 14, 2021

I could write a book filled with memories of Kayne. Our mothers were in the maternity ward together and forever I would be about 8 hours younger than Kayne! We grew up a half block from each other. Went all through school together. At 19 Kayne joined the Air Force and I joined the Marines . My favorite picture is Kayne and me saluting each other in our uniforms with no stripes! Kayne was a loving, loyal, kind, gentle friend. Way too young to be gone. I’m so very sorry for his family. I assure you, he’s in a special place in heaven - where good men get to go.

Bob Morgan

February 12, 2021

To the Kayne Smith family. I am so sorry for the loss of Kayne. I first met Kayne in July 2010 when we both worked in the HQ AFGSC Command Section. He was fun to work with and respected by everyone. Although it has been some time since I have talked with Kayne, hearing the news of his passing leaves a whole in my heart and in the world. May you be graced with the peace of Jesus in this extremely sad time. Sincerely, Bob Morgan

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Biography

Mr. Kayne Gregory Smith, 58, of Haughton, LA, went on to be with his Lord, Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Services for Mr. Smith will begin with A Gathering of Family and Friends between 5 & 7 PM, Monday, February 22nd, at Hill Crest Memorial, in Haughton. A Celebration of his Life will follow the next day at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 23rd, First Baptist Church of Haughton, with Dr. Gevan Spinney, presiding. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park.

Kayne was born to the proud parents, William and Margaret Smith, Sunday, April 29, 1962 in Rockford, IL. He was raised in the small town of Pecatonica, IL where he graduated high school, May 16, 1980. He then went on to join the Air Force August 21, 1981 and served his country for 26 years, including spending 9 months in Iraq in 2006. Then, he ultimately retired, as a Master Sargent, August 31, 2007. Kayne remained close with the Air Force, as he remained on Base as a Government Employee.

He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Haughton and would frequent Friday morning Bible study with the Men of Courage, as well as attending their monthly events at The Stable.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by: his Mother, Peggy Smith; his father Bill Smith; his brothers, Chuckie and Howie Smith; and his infant daughter Crystal Smith.

Left to cherish his memory are: his adoring wife of 29 years, Norma Jeanne Thomas Smith; son, Michael Thomas and his partner Brandy Brownfield; daughter, Cassidy Coker and her husband Daniel Coker; daughter, Courtney Smith; grandchildren, Gabe Thomas, Colton Johnson, Gavin Johnson, Sophia Thomas, Nathan Thomas, and Mason Thomas; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kayne was a humble family man at heart, and lived by the Bible verse Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness, be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”