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Doris Elaine Barfoot Smith

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Doris Elaine Barfoot Smith, 74, of Ruston, passed away January 20, 2012, at North Louisiana Medical Center.

Doris was born March 13, 1937, in Mobile, Alabama, to Willie B. Barfoot and Mytrtle Jackson Barfoot, and lived there until she was 9 years old, while her father worked in the shipyards during World War II. She moved with her family to Bude, Mississippi in Franklin County when she was 9 years old.

Doris is survived by her husband of 56 years, Dr. Lawrence C. Smith Jr.; his four children and their spouses, Drs. Murphy and Kathy Smith of Murray, Kentucky; Chris Smith of Ruston; Lorman and Patti Smith of Mansfield, Texas; and Angie (Smith) and Doug Brewer; seven grandchildren, Tracy (Smith) Brower, Jacob Smith and Hannah (Smith) Martin; Carly and Zachary Smith; and Matthew and Michael Brewer; and two great-grandchildren, Penelope Brower and Katherine Martin.

She began working in her family’s restaurant in Bude, Barfoot’s Café, when she was still in grade school. While still in her teenage years, she met a young pulpwood hauler, Lawrence, who would be her love of a lifetime, and they married January 6, 1957.

Doris graduated valedictorian of her class from Bude High School in 1954 and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Mississippi College while Lawrence was teaching there, and in 1970 the family moved to Ruston when Lawrence was offered a teaching position at Louisiana Tech University. Doris taught high school business education classes at Ruston High School for more than 25 years, retiring in 2003.

Doris and her siblings moved apart as adults but were never apart in spirit, as she wrote handwritten letters weekly to them. And she treasured letters received in return. She kept every postcard her brother Will wrote from the time she married and moved out at the age of 18.

She gave generously to grandchildren, and they all looked forward to their “mad money” from “Grandmother.”

Doris loved old black and white movies, classic music from her youth, especially Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. In the 1970s, she was an early pioneer in home movie-making, especially enjoying filming while the family was eating. All visitors to the Smith home became characters in the home movies.

Doris was beloved by everyone who knew her and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Friends may call at 1 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church in Ruston. Funeral services will immediately follow at 3 p.m. Burial will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Midway Cemetery in Meadville, Mississippi.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to Temple Building Fund, 1515 S. Service Road West, Ruston, LA 71270.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com

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