Gene “Webster” Smith

Published 12:48 am Monday, January 29, 2018

AMITE, La. — Services for Gene “Webster” Smith, 80, of Amite, La., who died on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at his residence as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite with Mason Miley officiating.

Burial will follow at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Amite under the direction of McKneely Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

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Gene was a lifelong John Deere enthusiast and avid coin collector. He always had a kind word and piece of candy for all he encountered. Having a true servant’s heart, Gene always went out of his way to help those in need.

He spent nearly 37 years cherishing “Sue, his sweet wife.” Gene loved and admired his wife, Susie, and always told anyone who listened that he married the world’s greatest woman.

Gene spent his life baling hay, cutting silage, and clearing fields for farmers across several parishes and counties. He was always content when on his tractor surrounded by acres of land.

Gene adored his children and grandchildren. He always spent time with each of them, teaching them the value of hard work and a loving family. Gene spread love and joy to all he came in contact with. A treasured husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend; he will be greatly missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Sylvia Smith of Natchez; brothers James Smith, Wayne Smith, Kenny Smith, all of Natchez, and brother Carson “Buddy” Smith of Vidalia.

Survivors include his wife, Susie Smith, of Amite; son, Gene Allen Smith and Tina of Burleson, Texas; daughter Darlene Tolbert and Clyde of Loranger, La.; son, Jake Reeves of Franklinton, La.; brother Mike Smith and Catherine of Natchez; grandchildren Hannah Primes and Jerry, Nora Reeves, and Jacob Reeves, all of Franklinton; and also numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to AmeraCare Hospice, Dr. Richard Bridges and nurse practitioner Ryan Seals.

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