VILLE PLATTE-It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Joseph Reinel Smith, 78, announces his passing on Thursday, January 26, 2017. A Funeral Service will be at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Father Guidry will officiate services. Mr. Reinel will be laid to rest at Evangeline Memorial Cemetery.
At the request of the family, visitation will be held at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Ville Platte on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 11:00 AM-10:00 PM. It will reopen on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 8:00 AM until time of service. A rosary will be prayed in Mr. Reinel's honor at 6:00 PM on Saturday at Ardoin's Funeral Home.
The city and citizens of Ville Platte had the honor of having Mr. Reinel serve as Fire Chief for over 30 years. He loved hunting, fishing, and helping Father Guidry and Mr. Ray at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. Mr. Reinel spent a lot of quality time outdoors; while watching his children and grandchildren play sports. Above all of he was the most loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He had a special place in everyone's heart.
His memories will live on through his family. Mr. Reinel is survived by his daughters, Sandra Fontenot and husband, Johnnie, Rebecca Fontenot and husband, Jeff and Myra Roberie and husband, Mitch; sister, Joyce Veillon and husband Gene; grandchildren, Brock Anthony Fontenot, Brett Dale Fontenot and wife Jennifer, Jesse Lee Fontenot and Payton Christopher Roberie; and great-grandchildren Natalie Ann Fontenot and Lucas Brett Fontenot.
He now rests with his wife, Shirley Smith; parents, Lorena Fruge and Aldes Smith; brother, Roderick Smith; and granddaughter, Ava Roberie.
Family and friends may view the online obituary and/or leave condolences for the family at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.
Ardoin's Funeral Home in Ville Platte is in charge of arrangements.