Jackie L. Smith

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 27, 2010

Jackie L. Smith, 72, of DeRidder, passed away on Thursday, December 23,
2010 in DeRidder. Visitation services will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., today, Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Myers at Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the First United
Methodist Church in DeRidder. Interment will be at Blue Branch Cemetery in Pitkin. The minister will be Rev. Mike McLauren, First United Methodist Church, DeRidder.

Jackie was born in Allen Parish, the only child of Earl and
Irene (Durand) Smith, of Pitkin. He grew to adulthood in the Pitkin area, where he graduated from Fairview High School and wed Peggy Deason. He attended McNeese State University, graduating with a B.S. in agronomy. Jackie was a dedicated federal
employee who worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Louisiana and the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal Zone and South Carolina, eventually retiring from Fort Polk with over 39 years of service. Freemasonry was a foundation of Jackie’s life. He was
a Master Mason and a Past Master of Pitkin Lodge #338 F.and A.M. and DeRidder Lodge #271 F.and A.M., as well as Past Patron, Pinehurst Chapter #33 Order of the Eastern Star. Jackie was a devoted member of the Scottish Rite (Valley of Lake Charles),
the York Rite and the Shrine. His membership included: Past High Priest, Hines Chapter # 54; Royal Arch Masons; Past Illustrious Master, Louis B. Frusha Council #32 Royal & Select Masters; Past Commander, Rhodes Commandry #17; Knight Crusader of
the Cross; Order of the Silver Trowel; and KYCH, member of Louisiana Priory #43. He was Past President of the South West LA Shrine Club and a charter member of the Dune Dusters Unit. Jackie was privileged to serve as Potentate of the Habibi Temple in
Lake Charles. He was also a member of the Lake Charles Court 178 ROJ and a member of the Cabiri.
Jackie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Peggy Deason Smith of DeRidder; daughter, Phyllis and son-in-law Matthew Root of Temecula, Calif.;
daughter Kimberly and son-in-law Stanley McDonald of Shreveport; grandchildren Andrew and Caroline Root of Temecula, Calif.; and grandchildren Samuel, Sarah and Ian McDonald of Shreveport. He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Irene Smith
of Pitkin; and an infant son, Jack Walt.
Services are conducted by Myers Colonial Funeral Home.
Words of comfort can be shared at: www.myers-colonialfuneralhome.com.