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Mr. Earl Darwin Smith

Mr. Earl Darwin Smith

Beloved Husband, Father, Brother, and Friend

Earl Darwin Smith's life began on December 1, 1960, in Emerson, Arkansas, born to Claudius and Cardia Virginia Smith. His passion for life was evident from an early age. A proud graduate of Emerson High School in Emerson, Arkansas, Class of 1979, he embraced every opportunity with enthusiasm and determination – including reliving his glory days as a track star to anyone who would listen. His professional journey, most recently at METRO, was marked by dedication and excellence, leaving a lasting impact on all who had the pleasure of working alongside him.

Yet, it was in his personal life where Earl truly shined. He shared an unbreakable bond with his beloved wife of 37 years, Renee (Charnola) Smith, whose love and support were the pillars of his strength. Together as the very best of friends, they built a life filled with laughter, adventure, and cherished moments.

Anyone who met Earl knew that his greatest joy was his son, Shun (Darwin) Smith, whom he lovingly nurtured and mentored. Their bond was one of mutual respect and admiration, a testament to Earl's unwavering dedication to his family. In fact, most of Shun’s friends can attest to first meeting "Smitty" at The Spot or the two of them hanging out somewhere in Houston.

In addition to his immediate family, Earl's love extended far and wide. He embraced life's simple pleasures, from gathering with family and friends to "Meet him at The Spot," to spending evenings watching "Law and Order" marathons and mastering the art of grilling — delighting all with his culinary creations and soulful music playlists.

Earl's magnetic personality touched the lives of all who knew him. His laughter was infectious, his smile could light up a room, and his spirit was truly unbeatable. He leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and cherished memories that will forever be etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing or coming across him.

While we mourn the loss of Earl, we also celebrate the vibrant life he lived. He leaves behind a family who will continue to honor his legacy with the same warmth, kindness, and resilience that defined his character.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Claudius and Cardia Smith, and his brother, Merlin Smith.

As we bid farewell to our dear Earl, let us take solace in the knowledge that his spirit will live on in the countless lives he touched, forever reminding us to embrace each day with gratitude, laughter, and boundless love. Rest in peace, Earl. Your legacy and wit will shine brightly for eternity.

Service Information

Saturday, March 23, 2024
Viewing: 10-10:45 AM
Service: 11:00 AM

N. L . Wright, Sr. Chapel of Serenity Mortuary
8619 Windswept Lane
Houston, Texas 77063
Assoc. Pastor Monette Shaw, Officiating


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