Tracy Lynn Smith was born the youngest of four boys May 20, 1955, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to James Roscoe Smith and Ernestine Pittman Smith and died April 17, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the age of 56.


Tracy Lynn Smith was born the youngest of four boys May 20, 1955, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to James Roscoe Smith and Ernestine Pittman Smith and died April 17, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the age of 56.

 

Tracy grew up on a farm west of Springer and attended Springer schools, graduating in 1973. He was a member of Springer Missionary Baptist Church and was a Christian and loved the Lord. He attended Murray State College and the University of Oklahoma.

 

Tracy moved to Louisiana to serve as a photojournalist for the Slidell Daily Times Newspaper and later served Loyola University as a photographer. His career also included travel photography of North America for several picture post card organizations as well as serving as a photographer for the University of New Orleans, the United Way and as a participant in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The recipient of numerous awards for his photography, including several from the Associated Press and the New Orleans Press Club, Tracy was the owner of GalleryOrleans.com which showcases his unique photographic style as he captured the culture, beauty and excitement of New Orleans and South Louisiana.

 

Tracy was a true artist who worked to restore his home in New Orleans that was built in the late 1800s. When Hurricane Katrina struck the city, the first floor of his home was completely underwater, and he returned to Springer to live with his mother for several months. When the water receded and he was able to go back home, the restoration began again, and the home is once more a beautiful tribute to Tracy’s talents.

 

Tracy was preceded in death by his father, Roscoe Smith, on May 14, 1978; by his mother, Ernestine Smith, on February 25, 2009; and by his oldest brother, James Donald Smith, on February 5, 2009. He married Ava Smith on June 30, 1990, in New Orleans, where he has lived for more than 30 years.

 

He is survived by his wife, Ava, New Orleans; brother, Larry Dale Smith and his wife, Bobbye of Springer, Oklahoma; brother, David T. Smith and his wife, Linda of Ardmore, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Montie Smith of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; stepdaughter, Jolene Bouchon; stepson, Demian Bouchon, two stepgrandsons; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and many, many friends, including lifelong friends, Kenny Phipps of Ardmore, and “Seke” Sekemito of Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Services were held Tuesday, April 24, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Online condolences may be left at www.smith6150@cableone.net.