William “Billy” Smith

William Rand “Billy” Smith, 53, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at the Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans following a brief illness. He was born January 4, 1965. Billy was a member of Searcy Baptist Church and was employed in the telecommunication field as a telephone technician. He liked guns and was an avid sportsman. Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 6, at Searcy Baptist Church with the Revs. Reid Terry, Steve Jones, and Johnnie Phillips officiating. Interment followed in the Smith Family Cemetery of Jena under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his mother, Aldis Boyd Smith; and a sister Monty Lanier. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Loretta Smith of Jena; daughter, Emmalee Smith of Jena; son, Will Smith of Thibodaux; sister, Mary Jo Poole of Thibodaux; and his father, Freddie Rand “Sonny” Smith. Pallbearers were Brand Bignar, Marty Cooper, Dustin Keene, Bryan Robertson, L. D. Stringer, and Levi Stringer. Honorary pallbearers were co-workers at CenturyLink.

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