Lucas Andrew Smith
Lucas Andrew Smith, 16, of Lenoir, N.C., passed away suddenly Sunday, January 26, 2014.
Born June 19, 1997, he was the son of Jill Kathryn Keene of Lenoir and David Troy Smith Sr. of Urbanna. He enjoyed being the middle of three sons, looking up to his brother David Jr., and being an older brother to Cole.
Lucas was an aspiring young man with many talents, goals and dreams. A junior at Hibriten High School, he was a talented football player and wrestler. Some of his accomplishments in sports were receiving the Coach’s Award in wrestling, qualifying for Nationals in Virginia Beach, and competing in the Southeast Regionals at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and in Atlanta. Lucas played quarterback on the football team and played on offense and on defense. He took the team to the quarterfinals in the state regionals. He was a member of the Varsity Club AFS, was voted most improved in wrestling, and was in honor classes.
His goals and dreams included applying for a wrestling scholarship at Old Dominion University, being a member of the ROTC program at college, majoring in business and history. After college, he planned to join the United States Marine Corps as an officer. This dream was important to him to serve his country due to his parents meeting and marrying in the USMC in Okinawa, Japan. He was extremely proud of his parents and wanted to follow in their footsteps. Lucas will be wearing his father’s USMC Dress Blue uniform.
Lucas was well liked by everyone that knew him. He was a young man that truly loved his family, friends and all that he came in contact with. He truly will be missed. His memory will live on through the memories shared by so many.
He was a member of Lenoir First Wesleyan Church and was preceded in death by a grandfather, Raymond Keene.
Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Jill Kathryn Keene and David Troy Smith Sr.; brothers, David Troy Smith Jr. of Lenoir and Ryan Cole Smith of Virginia; grandparents, Lacy and Daisy Smith of Virginia and Patricia Keene of Lenoir; his uncles and aunts, Lacy Henry Smith Jr., Ernest Charles Smith Sr., Elizabeth Virginia Pyle, Michael Bryan Smith and Lisa Summerlin and husband Freddy; his extended family, the White Family, the Tuttle Family, and the Caldwell County law enforcement family; his girlfriend, Emma Tuttle; and his best friend, Tanner White.
The family will receive friends Thursday, January 30, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE, Lenoir, N.C. The funeral service will begin at 4 p.m. with The Reverend Mike Minton, Reverend James Baker, Reverend Sergeant Greg Snider, Travis Dillard and Tim Sanders officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.
Serving as pallbearers will be Hunter Penley, Will Kent, Matt Cannon, Coach Todd Champion, Coach Tim Poarch, and Coach Josh Woodruff. Coleman Clark will carry and place Lucas’s helmet and jersey, and Zac Dillard will carry and place Lucas’s head gear and singlet.
The family requests that everyone attending the services please wear something red. This was one of his favorite colors, and showed his Panther pride.
The Hibriten High School football team, wrestling team, 12th Man Club, coaches and cheerleaders and the Class of 2015 will all be seated together and dress accordingly.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lucas Andrew Smith Scholarship Fund, 6944 Richland Road, Lenoir, NC 28645. Online condolences may be made at http://www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.