OBITUARY

Leonard "Smitty" Vaughn Smith, Jr.

January 19, 1947May 2, 2019
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Leonard “Smitty” Vaughn Smith, Jr., 72, of Houston, Texas entered into rest on May 2, 2019. He was born in Conway, South Carolina on January 19, 1947 to parents Leonard Vaughn Smith, Sr. and Audrey Lee Huggins Smith. He was a graduate of Aynor High School and went on to marry Reiko M. Smith, with whom he spent 51 blessed years.

Leonard was a proud veteran of the United States Army and enlisted at the age of 19. He dutifully served his country for almost 6 years, during which time he earned a Good Conduct Medal, and was honorably discharged by a grateful nation for his service in 1972. Following his career in the military, he worked in the Air Freight Industry as a business owner. Leonard was a dedicated member of the Blinded Veterans Association – of which he served as president for several years - and was passionate about serving and honoring his brothers in arms.

In Aynor, he was raised to appreciate the fine arts of hunting and fishing, and loved any excuse to get into the great outdoors. Little could compare to feel the sunlight on his skin and the smell of crisp air, away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Leonard could often be found out on lakes with his favorite rod or sitting around a campfire with his son and grandchildren, telling stories and teaching them about the beauty of the world around them. His family meant everything to him and he cherished any opportunity to spend time with his beloved grandchildren, Alec and Kindahl. He was their biggest supporter and could always be found cheering the loudest at their ball games, award presentations, and choir recitals.

He is survived by his wife, Reiko; son, Donald Smith; grandchildren, Alec Smith and Kindahl Smith; sister, Martha Darnell and husband James; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in passing by his parents, Leonard Vaughn Smith, Sr. and Audrey Lee Smith, and his younger brother Neal Smith.

A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. inside the Chapel of American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 70038, after which he will be escorted to the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038, where he will be laid to rest with military honors. Following the service, the family would like to invite his friends and loved ones to a catered reception held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. inside the Magnolia Room of American Heritage Funeral Home.

Services

22 May

Celebration of Life

10:00 am - 11:00 am

American Heritage Funeral Home

10710 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77038

22 May

Committal Service

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Houston National Cemetery

10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77038

22 May

Reception

11:45 am - 1:45 pm

American Heritage Funeral Home

Magnolia Room

10710 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77038

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Leonard "Smitty" Vaughn Smith, Jr.

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Martin Christensen

May 17, 2019

Mr. Smith, or Smitty to just about everyone who knew him, always had a smile on his 'Opie' face when talking with me, sharing stories and being interested in what I had to say. Always a warm reception at his house, with his wife Reiko always close by. They hosted a July 4th party once, where I helped with the fireworks display at the end of his street, and nearly burned down the neighbors new house when one got knocked over. He laughed and made the whole incident feel fun again, even though that taught everyone a valuable safety lesson. Smitty will always be remembered as Duck's Dad in our circle, and will be missed by all of our friends who new him.

Raika Hammond

May 15, 2019

My Uncle Smitty’s voice will always be in my head. I know my Aunt Reiko, my cousin Donald, second cousins, his sister Martha, my mom and step dad are hurting right now because we will miss him. We will miss him so much. Yet after our time of mourning, we will continue our lives with renewed energy. I am compelled to love and be supportive to my family and community with the same sincerity and compassion my Uncle brought to every conversation. I am so proud of how hard he worked to stay here to be with his loved ones. I will work extra hard to be worthy of championing his values, and sharing his story with the world.

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