Lauren Marie Smith entered this life on July 5, 2002, in Ardmore. She entered the pearly gates of heaven where she was met by her Mother-Gran, Nonna and Mamaw Saturday at the young age of 12 years, 1 month and 11 days.
Lauren was an absolute joy to everyone she came in contact with. Her favorite things to do were tubing on the lake, riding rangers, playing school, dressing up with her little sister, stealing her big sisters shoes, hanging with her friends and cousins, being a helper to her mom and playing doctor’s office. However her biggest love was basketball where her dad coached her for seven years. She enjoyed spending time with her dad who was her best friend no matter what they were doing, but most especially hunting and fishing. Lauren’s red hair and gold eyes would light up any room she entered. Lauren was a member of Mannsville Methodist Church. She attended Dickson Schools where she was currently in the seventh grade. Lauren was a member of the Lady Comets basketball team.
Lauren is survived by her parents Paul and Missy (Marsh) Smith; her sisters Maci Taliaferro and Lola Smith; grandparents Arnie and Ramona Smith, Sharon Wright and Steve Bean; aunts and uncles Ted and Tara Marsh, Aunt Sherry and Uncle Man, Richard and Amanda Smith, Mike and Shelly Smith, Joey and Beverly Williamson and Darren and Shelly Barnes; and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandmothers Ruth Mcadoo and Lucille Carper; grandmother Cheryl Bean; and grandfather Dean Wright.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Lauren’s name to the Lauren Smith Scholarship Fund at Citizens Bank of Ardmore.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with family hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Watts Funeral Home, Madill. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Crystalrock Cathedral, Ardmore. Officiating the service will be Harold Hunt, Frank Simpson and Missy Smith. Interment will be at the Mannsville Cemetery. Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.
Casket bearers will be Mike Tipps, Bryon Monroe, Mark Ross, Randy O’Hanlon, Brendon Tucker, Shawn McCellan and Jeff Word.
Honorary bearers: All teammates and friends.