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J. W. Smith entered into eternal rest on August 4, 2015 at his residence. Age 86 years and a lifelong resident of Gretna, LA. Beloved husband of Mercedes Rideau Smith for 62 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Hortense Smith, four brothers: Peter Smith, Jr., Marion Smith, Carol B. Smith, and James Smith. Devoted and loving father of Wanda D. Smith, Marva S. Bush (Joseph), Kevin J. Smith (Darlene), Duane D. Smith, Elfrida S. Flint (Alvin), Jacynthia S. Macdonald (Kevin Sr.), Juan F. Smith (Leslie) Christy S. Sloman (Larry), one brother Leroy Smith, three sisters Juanita S. Ned, Marjory Manuel, Lois Jean Gill, 18 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and Beaux. J.W. owned and operated J.W. Smith Masonry for 38 years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral mass which will be on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, 924 Monroe St., Gretna. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery Whitney Avenue in Gretna. Arrangements by D. W. Rhodes Funeral Home: 1020 Virgil St. Gretna, La. Please visit our website at to sigh guestbook.