Lenda Smudricks

March 19, 1949August 7, 2018
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Lenda Smudricks, 69, passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

She was a Class of 1967 graduate of Sulphur High School. Lenda has always been an active member of her church. She grew up in Houston River Baptist Church, after marriage she and her husband moved away. Through those years she was an active member and volunteered at Westview, Pine Ridge and Pine Grove Baptist Churches before returning to Sulphur and Houston River Baptist Church. They made DeRidder their home for over 30 years and Lenda retired from sub contractor document control work at Boise. She will be remembered as a Christian wife, mother, sister, aunt, Nana and great friend to the many lives she touched.

She married the love of her life, Sam Smudricks, 50 years ago on August 10, 1968. Along with Sam, left to cherish her memory are her children, Carvin Scott Smudricks and wife, Allison, of Orange Beach, AL, Toni Renee' Modisette and husband, Jason, of Lake Charles, Samantha Len Vice and husband, Chad, of Sulphur; two "adopted" sons, Ken and Brian Childress of DeRidder; grandchildren Skyliar Motichek, Logan Smudricks, Luke Vice, Parker Modisette, Rylie Modisette, and Melayna Vice; her twin sister, Louise Smudricks and her husband John of Sulphur; and older sister, Dorothy Ellen Oxley of Sulphur.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Laura and Nolan J. Bunch; brother, Jimmy Nolan Bunch; and brother-in-law Michael Oxley.

Funeral Services will be held in Houston River Baptist Church 11am, Saturday, August 11th. The Rev. Lonnie Gothrup will officiate. Burial will follow in Perkins Cemetery of Dequincy. Visitation will be held 5 - 9pm, Friday and resume at 10 am Saturday in Houston River Baptist Church. Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Sam Smudricks, Love of her Life
  • Carvin Scott Smudricks and wife Allison, Son
  • Toni Renee' Modisette and husband Jason, Daughter
  • Samantha Len Vice and husband Chad, Daughter
  • Ken and Brian Childress, Adopted Sons
  • Skyliar Motichek, Grandchild
  • Logan Smudricks, Grandchild
  • Luke Vice, Grandchild
  • Parker Modisette, Grandchild
  • Rylie Modisette, Grandchild
  • Melayna Vice, Grandchild
  • Louise Smudricks and husband John, Twin sister
  • Dorothy Ellen Oxley, Older sister
  • Laura and Nolan J. Bunch, Parents
  • Jimmy Nolan Bunch, Brother
  • Michael Oxley, Brother-in-law


  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 11, 2018

Lenda Smudricks

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Pam Baker

August 11, 2018

So sorry for your loss Sam ,I loved Lenda like she was a sister I will miss her greatly She was a wonderful Christian. I loved teaching with her at Pine Ridge Baptist Church The Family is in my Thoughts and Prayers! !!

Venessa Smith

August 10, 2018

Sorry for your loss. I knew Lenda from her years at Boise. Kind,sweet lady. Prayers for you all

Wendy Moore

August 9, 2018

Mr Smudricks, Scott, Toni , Samantha and the rest of the family my heart and prayers go out to each of you and the rest of the family for strength to get through the next few days and strength to carry on. Ms Lenda was a precious beautiful lady inside and out. She was an excellent mother and raised all of her kids with great morals and it is carrying on in them with their children. Always know that you all were her life and she loved each and every one of you with all of her heart and was so proud of the way all of you turned out.

Charlene Vice

August 9, 2018

I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. I only met Lenda a couple of times and she was so kind, soft spoken and gracious. I know she will be terribly missed and my prayers are with the entire family. Samantha and Toni, I will say a special prayer for you both. I love you and I am here for you if you need anything 😘

Mary Jo Modisette

August 8, 2018

My sincere condolences to my daughter in law, Toni and to the entire family. Lenda was a beautiful example of Christianity and will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and friend. May she Rest In Peace knowing that she was loved by so many.


August 8, 2018


Sandy Bagley

August 8, 2018

Sam and family,
My heart breaks for the loss of Lenda and the great loss you're all going through. She was such a sweet person and I count myself fortunate to have known her. May her memories always be fresh in your minds and the legacy she leaves behind with her children and grandchildren keep her alive in your hearts always. May God give you all the comfort and peace needed during this time.

Jami Johnson

August 8, 2018

I worked with Mrs. Lenda's daughter Toni, and although Mrs. Lenda did not know me very well, she still came by to see me on my birthday with a gift and a card. She was a sincere, kind, thoughtful woman who was beautiful inside and out. She touched my life, and will be greatly missed.

Rhonda Laffoon

August 8, 2018

A beautiful person and a wonderful Aunt. She always had a smile on her face and made you feel right at home. I'm so happy to have been her neice and will cherish my memories of her and of our times together.