Ernest "Rickie" Smith of Commerce passed away in his home on Friday, June 5, 2015.
Ernest Rickie Smith, son of the late Mrs. Viola Rochester Edwards Smith and Ernest B. Smith, he was born November 15, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York. After living in Brookyln, the family moved to Bayshore, Long Island, where he graduated from Brentwood High School in 1970. He then enlisted into the U.S. Army where he served for eleven and a half years as a Military Police Officer. He then moved to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina until moving to Commerce, Texas in 1992.
He was a member of the Disciples of Faith Church in Commerce where he sang in the choir. Rickie enjoyed going to church, sitting on his porch, going to McDonald's to talk with coffee drinkers and talk about the Lord. He was proud of his grandchildren and loved to talk about being in the service and going overseas.
Left to cherish his memories is his wife Collette Gailliard, his son, Garrick Ivan Gailliard Smith, and two daughters; Desyrea Niki-Nicole Yvette Rickell Gailliard Smith and Taja JaNea Gailliard Smith, his three grandsons; Ivan Wayne McCall, Treyvon Jeramiah Whetstone and Da'Quinton De'Shaun Hill, his special extented mother, Minnie Luckey and family,his sisters; Harriet Thomas and Robin Lisa Wright, his brothers; Harold Smith and Anthony Lee Smith, and, his special brother, Sam (Sarge) Walker of Commerce and several extended family; Joann Crosby (Danny), Janet Johnson (Fred), John Ed Luckey (Wanda), Carla Reynolds (Randy), Jonas Luckey, Jonathan Luckey (Regina), one special cousin, Rosielee Brown of West Palm Beach, Florida; his only aunt Pendelee Swinton and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandmother, Louise Crawford and his sister Yvette Marie Smith.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Disciples of Faith Church at 1015 Bois D'Arc St. Commerce, with Rev. J.W. Scott officiating.
Pallbearers will be Chris Luckey, Jeremy Luckey, Billy Amos, Byron Hines and Danny Crosby.
Honorary pallbearers will be ; Fred Johnson, Leon Hines, Sam Walker, Ed Luckey, Randy Reynolds and Garrick Smith.
Interment with full military honors will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015, at 1:15 p.m. at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.