Thomas Clearance “TC” “Top Cat” Smith, 71, of Erath, and a native of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at Abbeville General Hospital in Abbeville. He was born April 24, 1944 in Jena. Mr. Smith was a retired truck driver for Texaco Petroleum. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, at Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart with Rev. Steve Cripps officiating. Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his mother, Valerie Deville, and father, Oscar Smith. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Willie A. Pritchard Smith of Erath; two daughters, Karen Veazey of Erath and Mylissa and husband Richard Delcambre, Jr.