Fallen Hero: 1SG Louis Corky Smith (Ret)


Funeral Home

Chancellor Funeral Home

Siwell Rd Byram, MS


Friday, September 15, 2023, 9-11  am, Chancellor Funeral Home, Byram, MS


Friday, September 15, 2023, 11  am, Chancellor Funeral Home, Byram, MS


Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on September 12, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  1SG Louis Corky Smith (Ret), age 89, who had served in the MSARNG within the 112th MP Bn, 66th Troop Command has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. 

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

Louis “Corky” Smith, passed into the arms of our Lord and Savior Tuesday, September 12, 2023. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, son, brother and uncle to many beloved nieces and nephews, his own, as well as the ones he accepted with open arms when he and his wife, Virginia Mary Barnes married 45 years ago.

Corky earned an associate Arts Degree from Co-Lin. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Science and Criminal Justice Degree from USM in May of 1976. While he was obtaining his degree at USM, he also graduated from the FBI Academy. He worked at the Jackson Police Department from December 1, 1957, until June 30, 1988. He worked his way up the ranks from Patrolman, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Asst. Chief and then to Chief in his 30 years at JPD, retiring in 1988. He was also in the MS Army National Guard for 32 years and retired on May 1, 1994. After retirement he still had so much to offer the law enforcement and justice community and he went to work for Deviney and Wackenhut for several years. 

Corky loved God, his family, and his churches. He started out as a member of Calvary Baptist Church then was a member of Alta Woods Baptist and he rejoined Calvary Baptist Church and then finally at First Baptist Church of Raymond. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Toxie and Lillie Belle Smith; a sister, Werlein Barnes; and a grandson, Jacob Holiday.

Those left behind to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy are, his loving wife of 45 years, Virginia; four daughters, Karen Smith Law, Janet Smith Holiday(Sonny), Judy Smith Reed (Paul), and Jennifer Smith; a stepson, Ricky Clifton (Ann); 7 grandchildren, Emily Welch (Corey), Hunter Holiday (Emily), Meagan Babb (Adrian), Brianna Moscoso (Arjuna), Haden Reed, Andrew Clifton, and Maggie Clifton; and lastly, 9 great grandchildren, Brock and Kali Sumrall, Ava James and Hayes Holiday, Summer Tillery, Silas and Addy Babb, Augi Watson, and Elaina Moscoso.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at the visitation on Friday, September 15, 2023, from 9:00 am until the hour of service at 11:00 am at Chancellor Funeral Home in Byram. Interment with Policeman Honors will follow the service at D’Lo Cemetery in D’Lo. 

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Raymond.