Larry David Smith

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Funeral services for Larry David Smith, of Hicks, were held at 2 p.m. on
Dec. 20 at Castor Baptist Church in Leesville. Burial followed in the Castor Cemetery in Leesville. The services were under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of Leesville.
Visitation was held from 5 p.m. on Dec. 19, until the
time of service Tuesday at the church.
Larry, the son of Grover and Avis Burns Smith, was born on Oct 20, 1953, in Leesville. He passed away on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 in Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.
Larry was a
lifetime resident of Vernon Parish and a 1971 graduate of Hicks High School. He began his career in law enforcement with the Leesville City Police Department and soon transferred to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office where he worked for 23 years,
serving primarily as chief of detectives. During this time, he trained and attended many law enforcement classes but was most proud of graduating from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. After leaving the sheriff’s office, he helped to teach and train
officers with the International Policing Agency in Kosovo. He returned to Leesville and worked for Merchants and Farmers Bank as the loans collections officer and was recently promoted to vice president. He was a member of Castor Baptist Church where
he served as a Sunday School teacher.
Larry was a man of grace and character, tender hearted with an immeasurable love for his family and a proud paw paw and daddy. He was a friend to all who knew him.
He was preceded in death
by his father, Grover Smith and brother, Olen Smith.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Alice Keel Smith of Hicks; one son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Tara Smith of Pleasant View, Tenn.; one daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Erik
Black of Ragley; mother, Avis Spurgeon of Leesville; brother and wife, Dale and Patty Smith of Waxahachie, Texas; sisters, Dorothy Spurgeon of Leesville, Mayva Jean and husband Wilbert Linscomb of Orange, Texas, and Gwen and husband Bobby Vaught of
Arkansas; and four grandchildren, Dylan, Kinley, Addie and Tristan.
Words of comfort may be expressed to the Smith family at