Wayne "Scooter" Howard Smith, age 27, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, went to heaven on April 30, 2014. Scooter was born on August 1, 1986 in Jacksonville, Florida, and was the son of Debra and Wayne Smith of Pembroke Pines, Florida. Scooter is survived by his loving parents, his sister Georgia Ann Smith, his grandmother Dorothy Smith, aunts and uncles: Sandy Minar, Connie Braddy (Bob), Howard Smith (Virginia), Lynne Varela (Manny); 6 cousins: Linda Albritton, Cindy Smith, Tracy Byrd, Chris Braddy, Scott Braddy, Andy Braddy; and Rabbit. Scooter graduated from Flanagan High School where he was a member of the NJROTC. He then became a proud U.S. Marine and served his county in Iraq, where he was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a talented artist and lived every day of his life with humor and unconditional love for his family, friends, and country. Scooter was dearly loved by all that met him, and his unique wit and natural humor will be remembered and shared by all who were privileged to know him. As his last act of love, his organs were donated so others may have an opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. We have peace knowing that when Scooter gets to heaven, he will be welcomed with open arms by our loving Lord. "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." [John 14:1-3]. Donations may be made in Scooter's memory to: Patriot Guard Riders - www.patriotguard.org.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on May 5, 2014