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Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery

401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

OBITUARY

Albert Leroy Smith

December 16, 1947August 23, 2020

Albert LeRoy Smith, age 72, of Tempe, Arizona passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020.

He was born to Robert and Eleanor (Rakes) Smith in East Cleveland, Ohio on December 16, 1947. LeRoy went to Coronado High School and later graduated from Arizona State University and received his bachelors in agricultural sciences. He earned an Eagle Scout Badge from the Boy Scouts of America.

Leroy served in the United States Army as a paratrooper stationed in North Carolina through his commitment to the military. Following his time in the military, he began a career as a bareback rider and bull rider in the rodeo circuit and did an Oldtimers rodeo into his 40s. LeRoy was always a rowdy and fun-loving cowboy at heart. He spent his younger years up to mischief and enjoying life with his friends. LeRoy also raced sprint cars locally in Arizona at Manzanita Speedway. He retired later in life from a career in heavy duty automotive parts sales.

He was a larger than life personality and enjoyed spending the latter part of his life with his beloved, Debbie, at their Cabin in Payson, Arizona, going on hunting trips with his Son, camping trips and vacations with family and friends, and, spending as much time as there was in a day with his youngest granddaughter.

LeRoy was committed to Deborah Ward in life for 32 years, till his death. He is survived by his Son, Cody Smith (Tiffany Smith), Lisa Ward, and Nicole Smith. He was an amazing grandfather to Taylor Ward, daughter of Lisa Ward and Harper Smith, daughter to Cody Smith (Tiffany Smith).

Services

20 September

Memorial Service and Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Green Acres Mortuary

Saguaro

401 N Hayden Rd
Arizona

Memories

Albert Leroy Smith

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Ronnie Mintz

August 29, 2020

Leroy and I hunted quite a bit together and I have a lot of great memories of him. From going on archery shoots together 2 hunting in the Kaibab Forest for archery deer. Leroy had a heart of gold I remember I had shot my deer on the Kaibab plateau it was a nice little two point buck and Leroy asked me if I was going to have it mounted. I said no I didn't have the money but Leroy said give me the head I'll take care of it. He said he knew someone that could do the Taxidermy for me cheap so I said okay I'll pay for it. But Leroy have nothing to do with that when the deer head was done he brought it to me and it still hangs in My Den and every time I look at it I remember how kind he was to me I didn't have to pay he took care of it all. I love him dearly and I miss you

Tami Schultz

August 29, 2020

My mom and LeRoy were only 11yrs apart, so from the stories I grew up hearing, my mom and uncle Harley messed with LeRoy a lot growing up. I know they were very, very close.
When I was about 7, Aunt Jean, Uncle Bob and LeRoy came to Michigan to visit.
I was in love with LeRoy. 😊 I was so angry at my mom because he was my cousin. Somehow I decided that was her fault. All I knew was that I was in love. Lol
LeRoy bought me the first record I ever had. A 45 of the Beatles, “Get Back”. I loved that song because it mentioned Arizona and that meant LeRoy.
When they were getting ready to leave, I asked LeRoy if I could come with them back to Arizona. He said of course you can, just ask your mom.
When I asked her and told her LeRoy said I could, she told me no.
I remember seeing this gleam in those incredible blue eyes as he looked at my mom. She could have killed him. He just smiled.
Pay backs are a bitch. We’ve laughed about that for many years.
I have always been in love with LeRoy. Even when we didn’t agree. He has always been a huge part of my life in spite of the fact that we lived on opposite sides of the country.
LeRoy and my mom had a very special relationship like no other. More than Aunt and nephew. LeRoy was a huge part of my life. I miss him and I love him.

Joe May

August 29, 2020

Leroy and I met on line and did a bow hunting swap for whitetail deer at my home in Virginia and for Elk at his home in Arizona. He, Cody, and his good friend Jerry who I nicknamed Booger came to Virginia for 2 week long hunts and I went to Arizona twice for Elk. We always had a great time together and I was blessed to be able to meet and enjoy the company of these wonderful friends. My wife and I were in Phoenix about 5 years ago and we were blessed to have Leroy and Debbie show us around and have dinner together. It was a very enjoyable day. My thoughts and prayers go out to Debbie, Cody, Jerry and all the other friends I met through Leroy. He was a special friend and I will miss him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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