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Cleveland Smith

March 6, 1929 — January 14, 2017

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EUNICE-Cleveland Smith, 87 passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Saturday, January 14, 2017. He was born near Eunice, LA on March 6, 1929 to Amanda and Mayo Smith.

After graduating from Eunice High School and working for a year in the oil field industry, he attended McNeese College for two semesters before transferring to S.L.I. (now known as University of Louisiana at Lafayette.) He received a B.A. Degree in Accounting and an R.O.T. C commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. Following his graduation from S.L. I., he attended the New Orleans Theological Seminary and graduated in 1956 with a major in History and Theology. Subsequently, he pastored two churches in South Louisiana: The Trinity Baptist Church in New Iberia and the First Baptist Church in Franklin.
In 1970, Cleve made a career change and became employed as a special agent by the New York Life Insurance Company. He obtained his Chartered Life Underwriter designation and completed twenty highly successful years in the insurance business before retiring in 1990. He was a consistent leader in the production of life and health (individual and group) insurance on the local, regional and national levels.

Cleve was very active in the Rotary Club for over forty years. He served as President of the Rotary Club of Eunice, received the Rotarian of the Year Award twice and was the Governor's Representative. He was an avid collector of coins and antiques. He especially enjoyed harvesting and processing pecans. He became an expert on anything concerning pecans. Cleve was also very interested in genealogy and published two books of genealogy on the Fruge' and Smith families.

Cleve was married to Dorothy Eugenia Compton, an elementary school teacher with a Master's Plus 30 Hours Degree, for 39 years. She retired in 1990 after completing 27 years of classroom teaching. She was diagnosed with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and died in December 1990. Cleve and Eugenia were the parents of four boys: David, Michael, Keith, & Darryl. He subsequently married Dorothy Cooley Wolff of Bunkie. Dorothy is retired from the Health Care field. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 25 years, Dorothy Wolff Smith; his four sons, David Smith and wife, Robin of Eunice, LA, Michael Smith and wife, Pam of Lafayette, LA, Keith Smith and wife, Vicki of Mandeville, LA , and Darryl Smith and wife, Melanie of California; two step-daughters, Pam Wolff Riche of Bunkie, LA, and Deirdre Wolff McCoy and husband, Doug of Bunkie, La; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mavis Ivey of Lake Charles, LA. He was preceded in death by his mother, Amanda Fruge' Smith; his father Mayo Smith; Eugenia Compton Smith (mother of his four sons), and brother , Roland Smith.

The visitation will be from 5:00- 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Eunice, and again on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until time of services. The memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in the Chapel of Ardoin's Funeral Home of Eunice. Interment will take place at the Chataignier First Baptist Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorials be made to the Acadian Baptist Center, 1202 Academy Drive, Eunice, LA 70535 or to the charity of your choice.

Ardoin's Funeral Home of Eunice, 1301 W. Laurel Ave., (337)457-3371 is in charge of arrangements.


Ardoins Funeral Home
1301 W Laurel Ave.
Eunice, LA  70535
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ardoins Funeral Home
1301 W Laurel Ave.
Eunice, LA  70535
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
8:00 am until services


Celebration of Life

Ardoins Funeral Home Chapel
1301 W. Laurel Ave.
Eunice, LA  70535
Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Chataignier Baptist Church Cemetery
Hwy 29
Chataignier, LA  70535

Memorial Contributions

Acadian Baptist Center
1202 Academy Road
Eunice, LA  70535

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