Other Forrest Smith
Published 3:24 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Other Forrest Smith passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at the age of 77, surrounded by the love of his family. Diane Susan Fontcuberta Smith, his wife of 55 years, was the love of his life and his best friend. He cherished the life they made together and had a fierce commitment to his family. His children and grandchildren were his greatest joy and his life’s purpose. He prayed daily for each of them by name: Terese (Dan), Angela (Baron), Forrest “Michael”, Timothy (Heather), Andrew (Corie), and Robert “Gregory” (Beth), and his grandchildren: Brandon (Candice), Natalie, Katherine, Daniel, Matthew, Victoria, Baron, Pierson, Jonathan (Erika), Cash, Sullivan, Tessa, Samuel, Kensington, Beckett, and great-granddaughter Holly.
He is survived by his siblings Kathleen Curtis (Michael), Vernon Smith (Juliette), and Priscilla Pinckard (David). He is preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Dollie Rose Smith, and his brothers Robert Smith, Leslie Edmiston (Carol), Kenneth Edmiston (Gayle), and his granddaughter Natalie Wells.
Forrest grew up in Mandeville, LA and served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971 at Ft. Polk as an SP5 serving in the Adjutant General’s office. Upon college graduation, he worked with the Mississippi Delta Area Council BSA. After returning to Louisiana, he and Diane created their home in LaPlace, where he worked in the Fontcuberta family business, Survey’s Inc. He was later employed by Archer Daniel Midland in Reserve until he retired.
Forrest was deeply patriotic, passionate for life and eager to learn from and explore new adventures. Traveling with his wife in their little camper, Someday Came, they enjoyed visiting family and friends near and far. He was an amateur astronomer who spent many years educating himself and could often be found viewing the stars whenever the sky was clear. As a member of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society his experience grew as did his many friendships. His lifelong love for camping, combined with his interest in astronomy, led to many Star Gazing Campout adventures s in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Okie-Tex. Now he has full understanding into the vastness and beauty of this universe.
Forrest was an active member of Reserve Christian Church, now LifeHouse Church, where he served faithfully for 44 years. His love and compassion for all made him active in the Pro-Life movement saving the lives of the unborn and offering help to the mothers. He was a Chaplain for the Soul Patrol, a ministry that shared to the community love and prayers with those who were homebound, in hospitals, or in nursing homes. Forrest was a hope dealer, he never gave up on anyone. He may not have had all of the answers but he wouldn’t stop until he found someone who did. You could always count on Forrest, he would show up and never let anyone go through a trial alone. He knew the worth of friends and family and treasured each relationship.
How he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Together they enjoyed geocaching, dancing, swimming, hiking, and playing games. Paw Paw will always be remembered for taking the longest turns in any game and never understanding the timeline in Back to the Future. Forrest had an enlarged heart, and he was able to love deeper, longer, and harder than most. His patience, kindness and always smiling face will be forever missed. His legacy will live on through his family and those his life touched, by the example he lived. With his eyes on His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he fought a good fight, finished his race, and kept the faith. He received his Crown of Righteousness as he entered the Kingdom of Heaven.
Family and friends are invited to attend services at LifeHouse Church, 3556 W. Airline Hwy, Reserve, LA on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Visitation begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Service at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hammond, LA.
Arrangements are being handled by Millet-Guidry Funeral Home in LaPlace, LA. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.milletguidry.com