Lillian Orene Davis Smith

November 21, 1924 - March 25, 2016


Lillian Orene Davis Smith, one of seven children, was born to Henry and Beulah Green Davis on November 21, 1924 in DeRidder, LA.   Lillian passed from this life on March 25, 2016 a the age of 91 years, 4 months, and 4 days.


She attended Rosepine School where she learned to love reading.  In 1942, Lillian married a young service man named Valdemar Elton Smith. After the end of WWII, the couple lived in many states before settling in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  There, Lillian worked as a school cafeteria server and eventually was promoted to manager.  Born to their marriage were a daughter and son, both of whom she was  very proud.  After raising their children and retiring from working, she and Val made their home in DeRidder, LA where she lived out the remainder of her days.  She was a member of Diamond Baptist Church.


Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Valdemar Smith; parents, Henry and Beulah Davis; sisters, Goldie McCaig Nichols and Beatrice Midkiff Unruh; and brothers, Connie Davis, Colman Davis, and Raymond Davis.  Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Valerie Brown and husband Ted of DeRidder; son, James Smith and wife Della of DeRidder; brother, Obie Ray Davis of Milwaukee, WI; grandchildren, Tony Brown and wife Norma, Wyndi Best, Tammy Mitchell and husband John from Lumberton, TX, Timmy Brown and Danny Smith from Conyers, GA; great grandchildren, Brittney Wisby and husband Jason, Abbey Brown, Michael Mitchell, Justin Brown, Laken Mitchell, Lane Brown, Jaclyn Best, Jenna Best and Ryley Brown; and 2 great-great grandchildren.


Visitation will be held Sunday, March 27, 2016 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at Myers-Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder.  Funeral service will be Monday, March 28, 2016 at 3:00pm at Myers-Colonial Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Lewis-New Cypress Cemetery in DeRidder.  Rev. Paul Massey and Rev. Charles Williams will officiate.

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