BOSSIER CITY – Services for Dennis Arnold Smith, MD, FAAP, 65, will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Rose-Neath’s Bossier Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. John Fream, pastor of Cypress Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Rose-Neath Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 18, 2013 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Bossier City.
Dr. Smith was born January 30, 1948 at Eglin AFB, FL to Joseph C. and Bernice W. Myers Smith. He served as Director of Pediatrics at EA Conway in Monroe, LA for over thirty years. His passions included: improving the lives of patient’s under his care, teaching resident physicians, his children and grandchildren, their sporting events, reading, and his dogs. He instilled in his residents the mantra: “assume nothing, trust no one, question everything.” As the patriarch of his family, he took joy in giving generously. Often his support was unsolicited. He was known by family and friends as someone who went overboard with his gestures of kindness. He was a self-taught jack-of-all-trades whose many projects can be seen in each of his family’s homes. To his seven grandchildren, he was lovingly known as “Dude.”
His parents and brothers, Darryl and Don Smith, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Johnette Cobb Smith of Bossier City, LA; sons, Jonathan Andrew Smith and wife Kasey Knight Smith and their children Ava, Arden, and Sutton of Benton, LA, Dr. Brandon Paul Smith and wife Ashley Addison Smith and their children William and Addie Grace of Shreveport, LA; daughter, Dr. Alison Smith Spann and husband David Shane Spann and their children Reed and Tessa of Shreveport, LA; brother, Joseph David Smith of Baton Rouge, LA; and 3 nephews.
Honoring Dr. Smith as pallbearers will be Paul Von Diezelski, Gordon James, Don Zeigler, Jim Cobb, Dr. Stuart Melton and Brock Kitchingham.
The family would like to honor those physicians who provided excellent care, including: Dr. Anthony Stuart, Dr. Jeff Holt, Dr. Gurleen Sikand, Dr Anil Nanda, and Dr. Arnold Barz.
The family requests memorials to Living4Burke.org in lieu of flowers.