Daryl Dean "Diz" Smith

February 25, 1939 - September 6, 2015


Daryl Dean (Diz) Smith, 76, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2015 in his DeRidder home.

Diz was born in Fredericktown, Missouri on February 25, 1939 to Fern Revelle Smith and Ralph Eldon Smith. He graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1956 and joined the United States Air Force. He was on the Air Force baseball team and chosen MVP in Southeast Asia and in the Mediterranean.   He was honorably discharged in June of 1962.


Diz married Virginia Queener Smith on April 7, 1962 in Cleveland, Tennessee. They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this year. Diz worked in the Paper Mill industry for 39 years and started his own business, Smith Air and Refrigeration in DeRidder. Diz is survived by his wife, Virginia Smith, daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Tommy Russell of Longview, TX; his son and daughter –in-law, Lance and Therese Smith of Baton Rouge, LA; his sister and brother-in-law, Susie and Pete Shauf of Gainesville, TX; and three grandchildren, Dylan Russell, Alaina and Grant Smith. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Fern Smith of Gainesville, TX.

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