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Lawrence D.  Smith

Obituary for Lawrence D. Smith

October 26, 1933 - April 21, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 84

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Lawrence D. Smith was born on a farm near Wagoner, Oklahoma on October 26, 1933 to Tommie and Mary Smith. He was the 6th out of nine children born to the couple. His family moved to Austin, Texas in 1943. He attended old Anderson High School, where he met his high school sweetheart, Carrie Smith. They married in March 1953 and had five children. He was preceded in death by His wife, Carrie Smith; two daughters; and a son.

Lawrence is survived by his son, Lawrence Darrell Smith; daughter, Sabrina Smith DiNoto and son-law, Charles P. DiNoto; five grandchildren; one sister; two brothers.

He worked at the U.S. Postal Service from 1964 – 2013; a little more than 48 ½ years. The latter half of his career, Lawrence became the Mail Handler's Union President. He started his career at the Post Office as a Mail Handler within the post office. And it's been said that when he left that position to take the Union President position, three additional employees had to be hired to fill his position. As the Local Branch President of the Mail Handlers' Union for the US Postal service, he believed in helping people and standing for what was right. He took his job very seriously, and it showed. Because of this the employees repeatedly re-elected him for this position. This resulted in him holding the position for approximately 20+ years, and to date, the longest in the history of the US Postal service. He loved what he did, and tried to let the light and spirit of the Lord guide him and show through him.

During his career he received numerous awards and recognition for his participation and leadership, both within and outside of the local Post Office. He organized softball tournaments, with the post office employees and coordinate many functions with the City of Austin. He also organized and was instrumental in the Post Office picnics for several years, the Black History programs, the Juneteenth parades, and various other community activities. During his employment with the US Post Office he received multiple awards for zero sick leave used.

He loved his family wholeheartedly and unconditionally and was fiercely protective. He married his high school sweetheart and after her passing, he did not remarry. And when he spoke of her he would smile and would say, "That was my high school sweet heart and she can't be replaced". He had a sense of humor that was infectious, even when you tried to resist it. He was quick to forgive as well as apologize when he was wrong. He was a simple man with very few needs… What was most important to him was seeing his family healthy, happy, together, and unified…

He loved food, and what he enjoyed most was a good old fashion meal. He didn't need anything fancy, just give him a large helping of mustard greens, pinto beans, stewed cabbage, and plenty of serrano peppers and he was a happy man.

As a youth he was nicknamed "Peter rabbit" because he was often getting in to mischief. He acquired a few more nicknames in his lifetime to include "Crazy man" on the high school football field. As a young adult, he accepted Christ into his life and later, became an ordained minister, because he was still a work in progress he earned the name "the Fighting Preacher" at his place of employment. On more than one occasion he would remark that God was not finished working on him… But the name that most people knew him by, later in life was "Smitty." He was a man who believed in being your best self, doing and standing for what is right, and showing kindness and love wherever you go. When asked, "How you know you are following the right path"? His response was, "Look to God, lean on Him, and trust in the Lord for every choice or decision and you'll find you will have fewer regrets in life".

Visitation 10:00 am – 11:00 am on Monday, April 30, 2018 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress with Funeral Service to begin at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

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2620 S. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
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