Kenneth Paul “Coon” Smith, Sr., 70, of Orange, passed away Sunday, May 5, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 10,  at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange, with the Rev. Joseph Daleo serving as celebrant. Entombment will follow at St Mary Cemetery Mausoleum in Orange.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m., at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Born in LaPorte, on Dec. 21, 1942, Kenneth was the son of Irby Clyde Smith and Mozell (Clark) Smith.  He worked as an operator and retired from Firestone and Temple Inland. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and loved fishing and traveling. Most of all, he loved his family and friends. He never met a stranger and enjoyed getting to know people.
Preceded in death by his parents; son, Darrell Smith; and brother, Marvin L. Smith, Kenneth is survived by his wife, Carolyn Hebert Smith; son Paul Smith and his wife, Tara; daughter, Cheryl Smith Byley and her husband, John; granddaughter, Kayla Smith; step-grandson Devin Allen, all of Orange; brother, Vernon Smith and his wife, Evelyn of Starks, Louisiana
Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Hebert, Aaron Arsenault, Rocky Granger, Jackie Anderson, Richard Blanchard and Ronald Hebert. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Dickey, Jerry Griffin, Daryl Labruyere, George Brown, Jerry Griffin, Virgil Conway, and Devin Allen.

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