Lawrence Smith

Lawrence Charles "Larry" Smith

Saturday, June 9th, 1945 - Saturday, March 14th, 2020
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74, of Fort Gratiot, passed away very unexpectedly on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina surrounded by his family.

He was born in Port Huron, Michigan on June 9, 1945, son of the late Charles and Marian (Cook) Smith.

He married Kathleen Marie Smith on March 28, 1981, in Port Huron.

Larry was a very dedicated longtime member of Grace Episcopal Church in Port Huron. He stayed busy in his “spare” time golfing, traveling, boating, and most importantly spending time with his family and grandchildren. Larry had a love for hockey and leaves behind his beloved hockey family. He was a very generous man, always giving his time for the betterment of the community. Larry attended St. Clair County Community College and was an admired instructor in sales and marketing. Larry was the former Vice President and General Manager for RadioFirst for 44 years before his retirement in 2014. He oversaw the operation of radio stations WPHM, WHLS, WHLX, WBTI, and WSAQ. Before that, he was a manager at Wismer Broadcasting of Port Huron.

He was responsible for starting the CAPTURE program, Community Roof Sit, and a fundraiser involving WSAQ and the St. Clair County Child Abuse and Neglect Council. Larry was also a member of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters board of directors and served as chair of the Port Huron Hospital Foundation board of directors.

Surviving in addition to Kathy his loving wife of 39 years is his son, Jeffrey Smith of Florida; daughters, Nicole Smith of Arizona, Courtney (Doug) Woodall of Arizona and Lawren (Nathan) Ruiz of Fort Gratiot; daughter-in-law, Tammy Smith of North Carolina; 10 Grandchildren, Heather (Brad Perkins) Hyslop, Nicholas Tollison, Jeffrey (Sky Sullivan) Smith, Alex-anndria Hyslop, Christy (Robbie) Large, Zachary Smith, Dominic Ruiz, Jackson Woodall, Olivia Woodall, and Romen Ruiz; 7 great-grandchildren, Lucas, Sofia, Blakeley, Madison, Emma Faye, Hayden, and Landen; sister, Sandy Cox; special family members, Mary and Tom Quinlan; brother-in-law, Robert (Linda) Smith; sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Dave) Wellman; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Deborah Sari; brother-in-law, Pat Cox; and his mother and father-in-law, Catherine and Robert Smith.

Pallbearers will be Tom Ward, Steve DeLacy, Ernie Albert, Dave Whipple, Larry Krabach, and Ben Coburn.

Larry has touched countless lives of people in our town, many of whom would like to pay their respects. Due to the restrictions on events, Larry's funeral service will be private for his family on Friday, March 20, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Smith Family Funeral Home will be live streaming his funeral service to the obituary page for Lawrence Smith on our website and also broadcasting live on WPHM 1380. Interment and graveside services will take place at Lakeside Cemetery on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. A celebration of Larry's life will be held in the future at Grace Episcopal Church.

Memorials are suggested to Grace Episcopal Church, McLaren Port Huron Foundation, or the St. Clair County Child Abuse and Neglect Council.

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  • Private Family Service-Watch Online

    Friday, March 20th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Friday, March 20th, 2020 6:00pm
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private Family Only, Please Watch Live Stream On This Page.
    Rev. Lydia Speller
  • Interment

    Saturday, March 21st, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, March 21st, 2020 10:00am
    Lakeside Cemetery
    3663 10th Avenue
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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Martha Bauman

Posted at 07:10pm
Cousin Larry was a man of great heart and spirit. No matter how much time passed between our visits, his warm welcome, kindness and humor were a constant, like coming home. Now all the many Smith relatives who have gone before him are welcoming him Home with open arms and tremendous pride.

I know the love and light that Larry generously shared was due to the blessings of his dear wife Kathy, his cherished family, his strong faith and many friends. So thank you for loving him so deeply and bringing such happiness to his life…it was wonderful life.
I only wish it had been longer.

Peace be with you and much love, Martha (Smith) Bauman

Bruce Ferguson

Posted at 12:40pm
Larry - you were truly a good man, thru and thru. You made life and lives better.

Nancy Klemmer

Posted at 12:23pm
There will never be another like him. friend to Port Huron Hospital Foundation, man of ideas, sincere, kind, funny, integrity... will never forget him. Port Huron will never be the same. So sorry for this huge loss in your life. Will be praying for you. Nan Klemmer

Juanita Gittings

Posted at 10:22am
I was so sorry to hear about Larry. His infectious good humor, smile & ever present tan always lifted my spirits. His commitment to our community, especially the children in the neglect/abuse system has (and will continue to have) long lasting effects. Thought and prayers for you Kathy and the family. Juanita Gittings

Erica Llerenas

Posted at 10:10pm
Kathy, Lo, and family... We are so very sorry about Larry's passing. He was such a wonderful man who will continue living on through all of you and through everyone he has inspired. We will definitely miss seeing him in Lexington in the summertime. We know how you all had so much fun and created so many cherished memories there together, plus countless others. Hold on to all of those times tightly. We will continue to keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We love you. Love, Erica & Family XOXOXO

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