Hillard Smith III, age 71, was called to the arms of his Heavenly Father on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Hillard is survived by his wife, Debra Smith; children, Deborah Smith, Tina Cordova, Michelle Payne and Danielle Causey; siblings, Tommie Kaye (Geriod) McMorcik, Shirley Payne (Darrell) Crockens, Noel (Janice) Payne and Larry Payne; grandchildren, Jonathan Smith Jr., Myriah McBride, Dalis Thomas, Janara, Jacolby, and Fallon Cordova, loving sister-in-law, Ramona Brown and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his sons, Hillard and Jonathan Smith; parents, Margaret Payne and Hillard Smith, Sr.; sisters Marie Turner Payne and Elaine Bridges. Relatives and friends of the family or invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, January 14, 2017, 10:00 AM at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1923 St Philip St, NOLA Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the hour of service. Interment: Providence Memorial Park Services entrusted to the caring staff of: Professional Funeral Services, Inc., "Celebrating Life", 1449 N Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116, (504) 948-7447.
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