Walter “Catfish” Smith Sr., departed this life on Friday, August 14, 2020 at Ochsner Hospital Westbank Campus. He was 66 years old. He was born on July 11, 1954 to the union of the late Frank and Thelma Smith in St. Rosalie, La. He has been a resident of Oakville Louisiana for many years.
Bro. Walter was educated at Scottville School and was an employee of Conoco Phillips, Plaquemines Parish Government, Drake Cement, and Duplesis & Sons. He was known to all for being a man with a strong work ethic.
Bro. Walter realized that he needed Christ as his Savior and was baptized at an early age. Realizing that he needed Christ daily, he attended Greater St. Peter Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Darnell Smith Sr.
Bro. Walter touched many lives and loved everyone who entered his life. Walter enjoyed life and was a man of many talents. He took pleasure in fishing, cooking, and enjoying his family. His greatest joy in life was perhaps time spent cooking, family gatherings, and enjoying his grandkids.
Left to cherish Bro. Walter’s memory, his wife, Debra Franklin Smith, his children, Sayra (Richard) Harden, Walter (Sonya) Smith Jr., Edmond Franklin, Gene Smith, and Courtney (Kevin) Flynn. 2 step children, Andree and Telitha Franklin. 3 sisters, Audrey Turner, Elnora (Sylvester) Sylve, Cleo Washington, 1 brother, Henry (Evelyn) Smith. 12 grandchildren, Fredrick Smith, Ratray Gaines, Tina Izawa – Hayden, Benita Voisin, Tayla Smith, Trenton Smith, Coren and Christian Taylor, Quamara Smith, and Brooklyn Flynn. 8 sister in laws, Barbara Sanders, Betty Jean (Percy) Williams, Carolyn (Pierre) Smith, Rose and the late Donald Bell, Joann Sanders, Jacqueline Sanders, Joann (Brian) Hall, and Michelle Sylve. 3 brother in laws, Joseph Sanders, Leroy (Patricia) Sullen, and Leo (Theresa) Sanders Jr. 1 Godchild, Treshida Smith, Godfather Carroll M. Wilson Sr., devoted friend Ronald Ross, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Bro. Walter was preceded in death by his sisters, Elaine Taylor, Janice Smith, Eddie Salvant Sr., Frank Smith Jr., Lester Smith Sr., and Perry Smith.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral service on Friday August 28, 2020, at Greater St. Peter Baptist Church located at 182 W. St. Peter Street Belle Chasse, La 70037., at 10A.M. The visitation will begin at 8A.M. Dr. Darnell Smith Sr., officiating.
Due to COVID – 19, everyone in attendance MUST wear a face mask or other proper facial covering.
Funeral planning entrusted to ROBINSON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 9611 LA-23 BELLE CHASSE LA, 70037 (504) 208 – 2119.
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