January 31, 1945 – February 3, 2019
Graveside Services for Dickie Smith, 74, will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at Northwest Louisiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 11:00 am. Pete King will be officiating the service. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Honoring Dickie as pallbearers will be: Jack Canton, Rodney Simon, DeSoto Parish Fire District 1 Firefighters, Rust Canton, Thomas Houston, Walter Well, and Justin Erwin.
Dickie was born in Logansport, Louisiana to Sam C. Smith and Viola H. Moffett. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Following his time in the military, Dickie owned his own mechanic business for 30 years. After semi-retiring, he became the head diesel mechanic for DeSoto Parish Fire District 1. He was very involved in the community and a member of El Karuba Shrine, the Masonic Lodge of Greenwood, the Moose Lodge #2239, T.A.P., and BCA Pool League. Dickie enjoyed working on cars, shooting pool, hunting, and vacationing.
Dickie was a wonderful husband, dad, grandfather, and friend. His family was his pride and joy and he loved spending time with them. He especially enjoyed playing with his kids and grandkids and making his wife happy!!
Dickie was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, W.E. Smith. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sharon Smith; his children, Shawnee Barnhill, Tynder Smith, Dickie Derrick Smith (Natalie), and Destini Smith; his grandchildren, Chance Smith, Anna Barnhill Harrison, Marcus Smith, Ansleigh Smith, Ashton Smith, Addison Smith, Dawson Smith, and Wyatt Smith; his brother-in-law, Jimmy Mitchell (Karen); his stepmother, Bulah Smith; his siblings, Sam A. Smith, Don W. Smith, J.C. Smith, Connie Smith-Hall, Brenda Hudson, and Betty Ann; and his many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the doctors and staff in MICU at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.
- Sharon Mitchell Smith, Wife
- Shawnee Barnhill, Daughter
- Tynder Smith, Daughter
- Dickie Derrick Smith and wife Natalie, Son
- Destini Smith, Daughter
- Chance Smith, Grandchild
- Anna Barnhill Harrison, Grandchild
- Marcus Smith, Grandchild
- Ansleigh Smith, Grandchild
- Ashton Smith, Grandchild
- Addison Smith, Grandchild
- Dawson Smith, Grandchild
- Wyatt Smith, Grandchild
- Jimmy Mitchell and wife Karen, Brother-in-Law
- Bulah Smith, Stepmother
- Sam A. Smith, Brother
- Don W. Smith, Brother
- J.C. Smith, Brother
- Connie Smith-Hall, Sister
- Brenda Hudson, Sister
- Betty Ann, Sister
- Jack Canton
- Rodney Simon
- Rust Canton
- Thomas Houston
- Walter Well
- Justin Erwin
- Visitation Wednesday, February 6, 2019
- Committal Service Thursday, February 7, 2019
February 8, 2019
In 1985 I was pregnant and driving on I 20 when I broke down on the side of the road. My mom, Paula Varnell called Dickie and before I knew it he showed up took me home fixed my car and got it back to me before the end of the day. I was very scared and alone when that happened and Dickie came to the rescue.
I am so sorry for all of his family and what they are going through. I know he will truly be missed.
February 7, 2019
I am very sorry to learn of Dickie's death. We were good friends throughout school and went in different directions after. We had much, much fun during the high school years - much of which we probably would be embarrassed to talk about as older adults. It does not surprise me that he went into the auto repair business since we both drove older cars during school (no insurance) and worked on them at least weekly if not daily.
I stopped by the fire station and visited with him about an hour in December and talked with him a few weeks later by telephone about his experience in installing a backup camera on a car. He very graciously gave me advice about the installation. I truly regret that I did not visit with him more to reminisce about the good old days.
Debbie and I extend our sympathy to the family!
Cheryl Peck (King)
February 5, 2019
Dickie - always a great friend and a help when car trouble was present. If I had a rattle he’d tell me to turn the radio up louder so I couldn’t hear the rattle. Such a funny man who loved to joke around. So many wonderful memories with Dickie and Sharon throughout mine and Pete’s marriage. Our kids played together. Dickie was a true family man and friend. Rest In Peace Dickie. My love and prayers to his family.