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A funeral service for Gary Eugene Smith, 68, was held April 21, 2016, at noon in Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel in Carencro, La. He passed away April 16, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La. Interment was in Evangeline Memorial Gardens in Carencro.
Gary was born Aug. 15, 1947, in Royse City, Texas, to Grady B. and Mildred A. Smith. He was a resident of Lafayette Parish since 1976. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Smith proudly served his country during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include one stepson, Coby Guidry and companion Ladana Williams of Carencro; two brothers, Eric Don Smith of Royse City and Grady Smith of Carrollton, Texas; two sisters, Runette Benbrook and Paulette Newman and husband Glenn all of Farmers Branch; one half sister, Joan Kerr of Midland, Texas; five grandchildren, Brook Guidry, Hallie Guidry, Jayden Guidry, Tori Fontenot and husband Derek and Ryan Deshotels; two great-grandchildren, Emmalynn Grace Brown and Sladen Fontenot; and many nieces and nephews in Texas.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Jacqueline Landry Smith, and his parents, Grady and Mildred Smith.
Published on April 26, 2016
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