CSM (Ret) Ivy Ray Smith

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 13, 2012

Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Ivy Ray Smith, 88 of Leesville, went to be with
the Lord on Sept. 11, 2012.
He was born on March 27, 1924 in Logansport to Samuel Foster and Amanda Galloway Smith.
Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Ivy Ray Smith served in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He was a
lifetime member of the Purple Heart Club, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He came to Fort Polk in 1967 where he has lived for the past 45 years. Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Ivy Ray Smith was of the Lutheran faith and a member of Trinity
Lutheran Church in Leesville. He will truly be missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Nell Smith and parents, Samuel and Amanda Smith.
Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Ivy Ray Smith is survived by his daughters,
Nancy Garcia and husband Andrew Garcia of Conroe, Texas, and Elizabeth Cooksey and husband Wyatt Cooksey of Livingston, Texas; son, David Ray Smith and wife Jamie Smith of Loverttsville, Va .; sister–in-law, Connie Johnson of Austin,Texas;
brother-in-law, James Rhodes of Dripping Springs, Texas; grandsons, Dustin Paul Willis, William Andrew Smith, Jacob Allen Chapman, and Samuel Rhodes Smith; granddaughters, Amanda Wills Runnels, Molly Elizabeth Chapman, Jackie Lee Smith and Lilly
Elizabeth Smith; and great-grandson, Mason Franklin Runnels.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Hixson Funeral Home in Leesville, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Sept. 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church in
Leesville. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Leesville. Bro. Gary Archbold will be officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Community Cemetery in Logansport under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home of
In lieu of flowers, family request that memorial donations be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 120 Alexandria Highway., Leesville, LA 71446.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfh.com.