Courtney F. Smith, Jr., 87
BENTON, LA - Courtney was born on September 27, 1925 in Mooringsport, LA and passed away on August 21, 2013 after a short illness. He donated his body to LSU Medical Center Research so others may have a chance at a better life.
He grew up in Mooringsport, LA and attended school there. He graduated from Louisiana Tech before joining the Air Force and served in both World War II and the Korean War. While on leave after the Korean War he met his wife Jean. They were married on May 7, 1950 and were together for 63 years. Courtney owned the first Muzac business in Shreveport and later he retired from his business Independence Trust. He spent a large portion of his life as a patriotic crusader for an ethical government to uphold the constitution and principles of our forefathers. He was active in the political arena and campaigned for several conservative candidates.
He was an avid golfer who played in many tournaments and a former member of Palmetto Country Club. He coached little league football and baseball when his children were in school. He was a member of Cypress Baptist Church of Benton, LA. Courtney was someone people looked up to and sought out for advice. He was a kind soul that would give a stranger the shirt off his back if they needed it. He loved animals and took in many stray cats over the years feeding and caring for them. He especially loved his dog Louie. He will be greatly missed by his family!
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents: Courtney Smith Sr. and Mollie Crane Smith; his sister Mary Katherine Adams; his son Courtney (Trey) Smith III; niece Patricia Angely; father-in-law Albert Scott; mother-in-law Gladys Scott and sister-in-law Jacqueline Crawford.
Survived by his wife Jean Scott Smith of Benton, LA; daughter Teri Bagwell-Cutrer and husband George of Princeton, LA; grandson Garett Bagwell and wife Beverly of Lewisville, TX.; nephews Skip Crawford and wife Rose Mary, Scott Crawford and wife Melanie of Stonewall, LA; great nieces Rhonda Angely, Ashly King and husband Ben, Melody Waldron and husband Todd; five great great nephews and one great great niece.
A special thank you to the staff at Garden Court and the private sitters who cared for him during his illness.
In lieu of flowers you make a donation to the Disabled Veterans or the Rescue Mission.
Published in Shreveport Times from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2013