Russell Glenn Smith Sr. (1956 - 2019)

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  • "with Deepest Sympathy To Russell's Entire Family...Cherish..."
    - VALENCIA Y SMITH
  • "Rest in heaven my classmate."
    - Ray, Ella.Wayne & Karsheener West
  • "Our thoughts and prayers are with you Debbie and family...."
    - Mark and Angie Hudson
  • "Debbie, Russell, Jr., Jonathan, & Our Entire Family: May..."
  • "Smith Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all."
    - Elvin & Wanda Augustus

Russell Glenn Smith Sr., 62, of Sorrento, LA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Russell was born on May 14, 1956, to the Late Roosevelt and Lizzie Smith of Maringouin, Louisiana. Russell graduated from Shady Grove High School, Rosedale, LA. He was baptized at an early age by Reverend W.M. Ward at Rosehill Baptist Church in Rosedale, La. and later joined Word of Life Christian Center in Darrow, La. on April 10, 2011. Russell was united in marriage with Debbie Kaye Patterson, on April 24, 1982. To that union two sons were born. Russell retired from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, LA as a Master Sergeant in 2011, with 23 years of service. Russell was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved traveling, grilling, boiling crawfish, spending time with his family and watching his beloved New Orleans Saints. Russell touched so many people lives, from children who adored him to seniors citizens, whom he took the time to visit. Russell will forever be remembered by his Devoted and Loving wife Debbie, of almost 37 years, two Loving and Caring sons, Russell Glenn Smith Jr. and Jonathan David Smith, of Sorrento, La.; one sister, Ginger Faye Smith, of Maringouin, LA, three Precious granddaughters that he loved dearly, Laila Elizabeth Smith, Amari Ja'Lynn Smith and Aubrey Claire Smith, one daughter in law, Charonique Ursin-Smith, mother of youngest granddaughter, Karlissea Hives; three sister in laws, Louise Lewis Harris, of Plaquemine, LA, Shelia Patterson McNair of Gonzales, LA, and Shirlyn Franklin of Baton Rouge, LA, two brother in laws, Adrian Sparrow of Hallandale Beach, Florida and David Franklin Sr. of Baton Rouge, LA; two nieces who he grew up with like sisters, Eva Harris EL' Amin and Sharah Harris Martin; a host of very special friends which are too many to name, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center family. Russell was preceeded in death by his parents, Roosevelt and Lizzie Smith, two brothers, Gehrig Leonard Harris Sr. and Rex Tyrone Smith, and a niece, Arkeva Lyntrel Smith. Public Visitation will be held at Lawson & Rollins Purple Shield Funeral Home, 511 W. Tobey Avenue, Gonzales, LA 70737, on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm ONLY. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Word of Life Christian Center, 40066 Louisiana Highway 22, Darrow, LA. Apostle Leroy Thompson Sr. officiating.
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Lawson - Rollins Purple Shield Funeral Home - Gonzales
511 W. Tobey Ave.
Gonzales, LA 70737
225-647-2780
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12, 2019
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