Published 1:26 pm Friday, November 18, 2022

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Richard Warren Smith, Sr. was born April 2, 1948 to the late Mary Carter & the late Joe Smith.

He served in the United States Navy and retired from Veterans Affairs as a Physician Assistant. 

Richard shared 44 wonderful years with his wife, Gwynderlyn Sampson Smith. He is the father of eight children, Rev. Najuma Pollard, Richard, Jr (Sam) Smith-Connell, Tera Duncan all of Los Angeles, Calif., Kamilah Smith, Angela Smith, Richard Smith III, & Kei’Mora Magee-Smith all of Bogalusa, La., and Justin Smith of Houston, Texas; two sons-in-law, Felix Pollard and Acquanis Burrell; 15 grandchildren, the late Daniel Browm, Dorian Pollard, Zuri Pollard, Terrell Sistrunk, Talon Sistrunk, Trevon Sistrunk, Kiyara Bembry, Violet Bembry, Royal Smith-Connell, Rex Smith-Connell, Ra Smith-Connell all of Los Angeles, Calif., Kameron Powell, Keigan Powell, Kailani Smith, & Khaiden Smith all of Bogalusa, La.; two great grandchildren, Dilan Brown & Naiomi Brown of Los Angeles, CA; six siblings, Penny Mack, Cynthia Jackson, Glyn Smith of Bogalusa, La. and Ricky Hill of Jackson, Miss., Joelnette Collins, Rickey Hill; sisters-in-law, Rhoda Brumfield, Atlanta, Ga, Glender Williams, Chalmette, La., Debra Sampson, and two brothers-in-law, Dennis Sampson of Bogalusa, La. and Lester Williams of Chalmette, La.; an aunt, Ella Rose Lewis and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, God children and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 at Thirkield United Methodist Church 1108 Donnel Street Bogalusa, LA 70427 from 4pm to 6pm. Please wear a mask.

Viewing will be on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. followed by funeral service at 11 a.m. at New Beginning Ministries 62075 Seal Road, Angie, LA 70426. Crain and Sons Funeral Home, Bogalusa are in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook at

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