Funeral services for Mr. Gerald Louis Smith Sr. will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Minden's Rose-Neath Chapel with the Rev. Phil McLarty officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 until 8 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014.
Gerald was born in Minden Nov. 5, 1935, and died March 27, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He attended Minden schools in his youth before moving to Clarksdale, Miss. He was voted "Most Handsome" and played football for Clarksdale High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1955-1959. He returned to Minden and served in the reserves from 1959-1964.
He married Linda Welch Smith March 18, 1960. He opened Smith's Broadway Esso in 1964 and owned and operated it until 1981. At that time, he opened Smith's Wrecker and Auto Salvage which he owned and operated until 1989 before leaving the shop and wrecker keys to his two sons.
Gerald is survived by his loving wife, Linda, with whom he had just celebrated 54 years of marriage. He is also survived by his sons, Gerald Louis (Jerry) Smith and wife, Jackie of Minden and Barry Scott Smith of Minden; daughter, Kathy Smith Taylor and husband, Philip of Minden; grandchildren, Amanda Michelle Smith, Tyler Scott Smith, Candice Nicole Smith all of Minden, Philip (P.J.) Taylor, Jr. and Gerald Austin Taylor of Ruston and Hannah Hortman of Shreveport; great-grandchildren, Laney Colleen Guthrie and Kylie Michelle Guthrie both of Minden; sisters, Betty Smith Bardwell of Haughton and Edna Sue Smith Pate of Hammond, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Bettye Martin of Minden and Tuffy Dubois and husband, Bill of Dubberly; brother-in-law, Buddy Welch and wife, Anne of Georgia; numerous nieces, nephews and too many friends to count.
Pallbearers will be Philip Taylor Sr., Joe Morgan, Kris Martin, John Thompson, Gene Hightower and Milton Wells.
Honorary pallbearers will be Grady Miller, Terry Wells, Larry McBride Ernie Rayner and Rocky Edwards.
Gerald Smith was a kind-hearted man who never failed to offer help to anyone who needed it. His giving heart and loving nature earned him the respect and admiration of many people. He was good to his family and in the end they honored his wishes to be brought home for his final days. We know that he is completely healed and in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will see him again when the roll is called up yonder.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Minden Presbyterian Church, St Jude Children's Research Hospital or the charity of your choice, or just by lending a hand to someone who needs it, because you don't know what they are battling.