OBITUARY

HAMMAS RAY SMITH

May 12, 1924November 28, 2018
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Hammas "Ray" Smith, 94, of Lake Charles, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Lake Charles Memorial. He was born to his late parents, Raymond and Cecle Smith on May 12, 1924 in Jennings, LA. He was a member of Christ The King Catholic Church serving as an usher and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II, where he received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal. He was a Heavy Duty construction man, working for The Whites and The Cormiers. Some of his hobbies included gardening, cutting grass, running his vegetable wagon, and riding his bicycle. Most of all he loved his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 72 years, Willie "Billie" Smith; one son, Kenneth Smith and wife Darlene of Lake Charles; daughter-in-law, Liz Frederick; brother-in-laws, Waldon Brashear, Carl Kober; sister-in-laws, Rena Richard, Betty Chandler (Connie), Leatrice Chandler (Speedy), Peggy Trahan (Willard), Charlotte Johnson, Doris Smith; grandchildren, Sheri Adams (Don), Shonna May (Dale), Keith Smith (Shana), Troy Smith (Tasha), Steven Smith (Misty); great grandchildren, Kade, Rickey, Lakyn, Scott, Ryder, Alyson, Canaan, Morgyn, Hunter; great great grandchildren, Bentley, Elijiah, Ava Kate; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Ray is preceded in death by his son, Ricky Dale Smith; granddaughter, Billie Ray; parents; brothers, Newton Smith, Roy Smith, Lawrence Smith, Clifford Smith; sisters, Viola Dyess, Effie McCain, Ethel Duplechain, and Lorena Murphy.

Services will be held at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles at 10:00am on Monday, December 3, 2018 with Father Wayne LeBleu officiating. Visitation will be at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, with a Rosary at 6:00pm. Visitation will resume at the funeral home on Monday from 8:00am till the time of the service. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens. The family would like to thank the staff at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and Dr. Lafuria, and staff of Brighton Bridge Hospice for their exceptional care given to Ray the last couple weeks of his life. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 72 years, Willie "Billie" Smith; one son, Kenneth Smith and wife Darlene of Lake Charles; daughter-in-law, Liz Frederick; brother-in-laws, Waldon Brashear, Carl Kober; sister-in-laws, Rena Richard, Betty Chandler (Connie), Leatrice Chandler (Speedy), Peggy Trahan (Willard), Charlotte Johnson, Doris Smith; grandchildren, Sheri Adams (Don), Shonna May (Dale), Keith Smith (Shana), Troy Smith (Tasha), Steven Smith (Misty); great grandchildren, Kade, Rickey, Lakyn, Scott, Ryder, Alyson, Canaan, Morgyn, Hunter; great great grandchildren, Bentley, Elijiah, Ava Kate; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

    Ray is preceded in death by his son, Ricky Dale Smith; granddaughter, Billie Ray; parents; brothers, Newton Smith, Roy Smith, Lawrence Smith, Clifford Smith; sisters, Viola Dyess, Effie McCain, Ethel Duplechain, and Lorena Murphy.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2018
  • Rosary Sunday, December 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 3, 2018
REMEMBERING

HAMMAS RAY SMITH

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Christal Murphy Janis

December 15, 2018

Uncle Hammy, his sister Ethel, niece Trudy and Aunt Billie.

Christal Murphy Janis

December 15, 2018

Uncle Hammy smiling for everyone :-) Smith niece Darleen and nephew Ronald standing close behind him.

Christal Murphy Janis

December 15, 2018

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Picture taken at family reunion 2009. Uncle Hammy enjoying himself with two of his Smith nephews. Dennis and Ronnie, myself and his older sister Ethel in the background wearing the purple sweater.

Christal Murphy Janis

December 15, 2018

Uncle Hammy far right, Smith cousins Lester, Choppy, Calvin Dale/Bates Huey standing in the far rear, Huey's older brothers Hubert and Renn. This was quite a group of rascals who could really cut up and have a great time. They were close growing up and as they grew older as well from what I have been told.

Christal Janis

December 15, 2018

Photo Trudy allowed me to borrow and restore of Uncle Hammy, this is the restored version. He was handsome and brave :-)

Christal Murphy Janis

December 3, 2018



I am so sorry for missing Uncle Hammy's viewing yesterday and the service today. My husband's blood sugar was 251 when I took it Friday night. Due to this sudden and unexpected situation, it was not medically safe to leave him home alone in that condition.

The family photos of Uncle Hammy and Aunt Billie, Kenneth, Darlene, Ricky, Liz and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as other family members were fantastic! I thank you Sherrie and Morgan as well as other family members for including them. Many of them I had never seen. I will cherish them forever. I ordered the CD and it will be mailed to me in a few days. This site provides a wonderful place to revisit pictures and the written memories other have to share and are appreciated.

Each of you who are going though the sad and painful transition of Uncle Hammy passing take heart; rely on your faith and the faith he and Aunt Billie shared to provide you comfort, Uncle Hammy was such a vital man with a heart of gold! His humor was contagious and addictive. There was never a lack of laughter and love in the home he and Aunt Billie and their immediate family shared and extended to others.

I am so grateful to have been able to call him Uncle and have such a devoted Aunt to have loved all these years. I will remember the shared visits and phone calls for as long as possible. When I locate the other pictures, that I have taken of Uncle Hammy and Aunt Billie at different occasions over the last few years, I will post them here for others to view.

May Aunt Billie, and the immediate family be filled with peace and comfort and carry on the love and laughter that made him such a remarkable person!

Christal Murphy Janis

November 30, 2018

This picture was taken in the Spring of 2017 during the last visit I had with Aunt Billie and Uncle Hammy. Uncle Hammy's love for family, was passed down to him by his parents. His strong family ties were reinforced by the love Aunt Billie grew up with, in her family. Uncle Hammy was exceptional husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, neighbor and friend to many.

You will be greatly missed Uncle Hammy, by those who temporarily remain behind. Each of us, will cling to our precious memories of you that differ, yet are collectively similar. Your faith, was at the center of your family and many acquaintances. The strong spiritual commitment, made by both Aunt Billie and Uncle Hammy, enriched and benefited their earthly relationships strongly and deeply.

I love you Uncle Hammy, may you Rest in Peace for Eternity.

Christal Murphy Janis

November 30, 2018

They were the love of each other's lives for all those happy years. Picture taken in the spring of 2017.

Janice Bryant

November 29, 2018

Sherry I am very sorry for your loss . My prayers are with you.

Morgyn Smith

November 29, 2018

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Biography

Hammas "Ray" Smith, 94, of Lake Charles, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Lake Charles Memorial. He was born to his late parents, Raymond and Cecle Smith on May 12, 1924 in Jennings, LA. He was a member of Christ The King Catholic Church serving as an usher and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II, where he received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal. He was a Heavy Duty construction man, working for The Whites and The Cormiers. Some of his hobbies included gardening, cutting grass, running his vegetable wagon, and riding his bicycle. Most of all he loved his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 72 years, Willie "Billie" Smith; one son, Kenneth Smith and wife Darlene of Lake Charles; daughter-in-law, Liz Frederick; brother-in-laws, Waldon Brashear, Carl Kober; sister-in-laws, Rena Richard, Betty Chandler (Connie), Leatrice Chandler (Speedy), Peggy Trahan (Willard), Charlotte Johnson, Doris Smith; grandchildren, Sheri Adams (Don), Shonna May (Dale), Keith Smith (Shana), Troy Smith (Tasha), Steven Smith (Misty); great grandchildren, Kade, Rickey, Lakyn, Scott, Ryder, Alyson, Canaan, Morgyn, Hunter; great great grandchildren, Bentley, Elijiah, Ava Kate; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Ray is preceded in death by his son, Ricky Dale Smith; granddaughter, Billie Ray; parents; brothers, Newton Smith, Roy Smith, Lawrence Smith, Clifford Smith; sisters, Viola Dyess, Effie McCain, Ethel Duplechain, and Lorena Murphy.

Services will be held at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles at 10:00am on Monday, December 3, 2018 with Father Wayne LeBleu officiating. Visitation will be at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, with a Rosary at 6:00pm. Visitation will resume at the funeral home on Monday from 8:00am till the time of the service. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens. The family would like to thank the staff at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and Dr. Lafuria, and staff of Brighton Bridge Hospice for their exceptional care given to Ray the last couple weeks of his life. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.