Howard M. Smith, Sr., 97, a native of Shadyside and a resident of Franklin, died Monday, March 17, 2014, at 6:35 a.m., at his residence.
Howard was a long time employee of Oaklawn Sugar Company.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 22, at The Crossing Place Church in Franklin, from 10 a.m. until funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Nazarene Baptist Cemetery.
Howard leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife, Nonnie J. Smith of Franklin; two sons, Howard (Gail) Smith Jr. of Patterson and John Ray (Denna) Smith of Centennial, Colorado; four daughters, Ruth S. Sterling of Lafayette, Patricia Smith Verdun of Verdunville, Rosemary Smith of Tomball, Texas and Judy Milton of Farmington Hills, Michigan; two stepdaughters, Elaine (Ricky) Vining and Susan (Ronald) Murray, both of Patterson; three step children, Kevin J. Chatman of Youngstown, Ohio, Darlene (Dewayne) Givens of Atlanta, Georgia and Courtenay (Terry) Chatman of Columbus, Ohio; a son-in-law, Charles Dabney of Houston, Texas; 34 grandchildren; 59 great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Lawrence and Mary Louise Smith and a daughter, Heloise Dabney; his infant son, James Smith; five sisters, Teresa Guy, Carrie Willis, Stella Willis, Dorothy White and Isabella Mallard; two brothers, Larry Smith Sr. and Charles Smith Sr.
Jones Funeral Home of Morgan City/ Franklin/ Jeanerette/ Houma is in charge of arrangements. Visit to send condolences to the family.

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