(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
SHREVEPORT, LA – Funeral services for Cecil Ray "Paw" Smith will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014 at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, Blanchard, La. Interment will follow at the Church cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Joe Asbell. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Marshall St. Chapel.
Cecil was born December 18, 1937 and departed this life after a long hospital stay on March 3, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, parents Monroe and Eunice Smith and brother Jerry.
He is survived by his sons, Steven Smith of Seabrook, Tx., Thomas Welch and wife, Kathy of Longview, Tx., Johnny Welch and wife, Jana of Cleburne, Tx.; daughters, Vickie Doucet of Shreveport, La., Donna Maher and husband, Tom of Bella-Vista, Ar., Cindy Seifert and husband, Jerome of Longview, Tx., Trudy Holt and Sharon Cheatum and husband, Gary of Bella-Vista, Ar.; sister Ruth Flowers and husband Howard of Shreveport, La.; nieces Carol Day and husband, David of Mooringsport, La., Pat Crawford of Shreveport, La. and Kathy Lancaster and husband, Wayne of Bossier City, La.; grandchildren, Blair Michelle and Monica Doucet (who lived with him), Tiffoney Main, Dustin Welch, Mark Smith, Greg Smith, Brent Johnston, Kyle Huckabee, Kyle Johnston, Preston Johnston, Joelyn Echegoyn, Robert Kinsey, Randall Kinsey, Haley Welch and Heather Willis; and 22 great-grandchildren, numerous relatives and friends.
Cecil loved to hunt, fish, the outdoors, NASCAR, and good country music. He was raised in North Louisiana and North East Texas. He attended Camp City School until moving to Blanchard and attending school in Mooringsport. He lived in Longview, Texas for a number of years before moving back to Blanchard where he lived until his death. He drove long haul trucks for many years until he started driving a bus which he loved to do Bus tours on until his health would no longer allow. He worked for Caddo Parish for 12 years where he met numerous new people because he loved to talk and never met a stranger.
Honoring Cecil as pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home