OBITUARY

Brad Ryan Smith

December 19, 1986April 4, 2019
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Brad Ryan Smith was born on December 19, 1986 and passed away on April 4, 2019. Brad was loved by so many and had the most infectious smile.

He was survived by his father and mother Billy and Deborah Smith, his sisters Jennifer Smith and Shawna Dixon, his brother Brian. His nephew Brandon and his fiancé Shay Fawcett, his great nephew Elijah and great niece Evelyn who he adored, his fiancé Jamie Kittle and children Tyler and Nicole as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his great grandmother Viola Mae Reiland, his grandparents Elmer and Mary Reiland, his grandmother Ruth Smith and many aunts and uncles.

He graduated from Deer Park High School in 2005 and attended the Art Institute of Houston to pursue his culinary degree. His dream was to be a chef and he loved to cook everything. He always wanted to open a restaurant and joked that he would hire his mom to make nothing but sweet tea. Brad enjoyed the outdoors and always loved to hunt and fish his entire life. Brad had a larger than life personality and always made people laugh. He had a very mischievous grin and you never knew what he was up to or would say next. Never having a problem making friends, he made many wonderful ones over the years. He always had a passion for helping people and did so as much as he could. In 2017, he started a career as a Detention Officer. Brad enjoyed what he did and loved all his coworkers that soon turned into friends.

Brad had a rough health journey and though it took some time to receive the gift of life, he enjoyed his second chance to the fullest. He volunteered for Donate Life with his sister Shawna to help spread the word about the importance of organ donation. Although, he just couldn’t fight anymore he was given a few more wonderful years and because of that he found the love of his life Jamie. He was excited to have a family and adored their children Tyler and Nicole. Brad was able to pay it forward by giving the gift to someone else by donating his corneas.

In Brad’s honor, if you haven’t already, we ask that you consider being an organ donor to allow another family the joy of loving their family member for a few more years that they may not otherwise get.

Services

  • Family Will Receive Friends Monday, April 8, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, April 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

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Wilson Campbell

April 11, 2019

B rad I miss you brother I know you in a better place I’ll never forget you.

Debbie Smith

April 10, 2019

Brad, i miss you with All my heart. I love you dearly. I will never be the same without you but I have to try to move on in your honor. I dont know how. Today has been a very hard day for me. My heart is forever broken. I was not ready for you to go. I know you are no longer in pain that you are at peace. Your life was not easy but you stayed strong. I will live for you and do my best to make you proud. OMG i love you. Till i see you again. ♥️♥️♥️ 😢😢😢 Love mom and dad

Chaselynn Duncan

April 10, 2019

“B”-RAD!!! I love you so much brother and I miss you.. We had so much fun working those 12’s hours at night.. you been there for me and my family and I really appreciate you.. you broke my heart leaving me but I know God needed you more.. You’re at peace but thanks for EVERYTHING but most of all being my FRIEND that looked out for me.. I’ll NEVER forget about you keep smiling and I’ll stay in church and keep smiling as well 💪🏽🙏🏽.. Heaven is rejoicing for and with you.. ❤️Love Duncan ❤️

Karen Venters

April 10, 2019

Brad, I know we have been cousins from a far, but when I first met you in 2011, I know how kinda and gentle of a human being you were. I am glad that I did get to meet you and I will always remember my visit and me, you and Shawna hungout! You sure helped cook some delicious food!! Thanks for being my cousin from afar! I love you!! I hope you are enjoying your new eternal ❤️!!!

Retha Jones

April 10, 2019

Brad even though I had just met you three years ago, it was a great pleasure!!!. I enjoyed seeing your smile from time to time on Facebook. We had a lot in common. “ We got a second chance at life”. I know God has other plans for you in heaven, make a great meal for everyone. ❤️ I will continue our journey by promoting donor awareness around the Houston area. We will miss you. Until we meet again. Your friend Retha Jones.

Michelle Goines

April 10, 2019

We met Brad through our son in law James. He was always welcome at our house. We supported Team Brad & my heart breaks for his family and close friends. May he Rest In Peace.

Cindy Reiland

April 9, 2019

Brad...today we would have been celebrating your 3rd year heartiversary with a big gathering, laughter, food and friends. Instead we are now celebrating your life of you going home to be with the Lord and our dearly departed. We will still have the gathering but it will be without you physically being there, it will be crying instead of laughter (some laughter when someone tells a memory of you). There will be heartache instead of joy. We will miss you dearly and although it will hurt we will get on without you being around. You are now an angel so please look down on your family and watch over them. They are devasted over your loss, especially your mom. I will help then coop on go on with their lives because I know you would want it that way. Love you Brad.

Shawna Dixon

April 9, 2019

My Bradford, how my heart hurts right now! I love you so much and we still had so much to do. I don’t know how I will do that without you. I can’t stand to see everyone’s pain, I know that’s not how you would want it but, I hope you will always know how special you were and how loved. I look at your pictures and I see your smile and they just don’t do justice to the real thing. What I wouldn’t give to hear you laugh, see that smile, and hug you one more time. I adored you since before you were born and I will til the day I die. Although, none of this makes any sense I will find a way to do what you would have wanted me to do, hold everyone up, love your friends and our family, and help pull everyone through.

I love you baby brother and miss you so much that it hurts more each day!

Shawna

kevin white

April 8, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Brad at CoreCivic. We were all so sad to hear about his passing. He was a nice young man. May Christ be with you in your time of mourning.

Cindy Reiland

April 7, 2019

Everyone that knew Brad knew how special he was. He had a smile that never want to end and he was always ready to help anyone that needed it.
To his immediate family.....I am here for you and I feel your pain, as I too will dearly miss him. He would not want us to grieve for him long but to celebrate his life and carry on with ours. His sweet memories, his smile and his laughter will stay with us always. May we continue to lean on each other during this difficult times.

Love Cindy and Aunt Cindy to some of you.

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Biography

Brad Ryan Smith was born on December 19, 1986 and passed away on April 4, 2019. Brad was loved by so many and had the most infectious smile.

He was survived by his father and mother Billy and Deborah Smith, his sisters Jennifer Smith and Shawna Dixon, his brother Brian. His nephew Brandon and his fiancé Shay Fawcett, his great nephew Elijah and great niece Evelyn who he adored, his fiancé Jamie Kittle and children Tyler and Nicole as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his great grandmother Viola Mae Reiland, his grandparents Elmer and Mary Reiland, his grandmother Ruth Smith and many aunts and uncles.

He graduated from Deer Park High School in 2005 and attended the Art Institute of Houston to pursue his culinary degree. His dream was to be a chef and he loved to cook everything. He always wanted to open a restaurant and joked that he would hire his mom to make nothing but sweet tea. Brad enjoyed the outdoors and always loved to hunt and fish his entire life. Brad had a larger than life personality and always made people laugh. He had a very mischievous grin and you never knew what he was up to or would say next. Never having a problem making friends, he made many wonderful ones over the years. He always had a passion for helping people and did so as much as he could. In 2017, he started a career as a Detention Officer. Brad enjoyed what he did and loved all his coworkers that soon turned into friends.

Brad had a rough health journey and though it took some time to receive the gift of life, he enjoyed his second chance to the fullest. He volunteered for Donate Life with his sister Shawna to help spread the word about the importance of organ donation. Although, he just couldn’t fight anymore he was given a few more wonderful years and because of that he found the love of his life Jamie. He was excited to have a family and adored their children Tyler and Nicole. Brad was able to pay it forward by giving the gift to someone else by donating his corneas.

In Brad’s honor, if you haven’t already, we ask that you consider being an organ donor to allow another family the joy of loving their family member for a few more years that they may not otherwise get.