In Memoriam: Kenneth “Luke” Smith

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IMG_5790bKenneth “Luke” Smith was born October 22, 1974 in Baton Rouge, LA to Karen Connolly Smith and Kenneth Eugene Smith.  He died November 30, 2017 at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital after a long battle with side effects from an accident exactly one year ago in Savannah. Luke is survived by his three children Gloria Lee, Noah and Lucas Smith, all residents of Georgia, his mother Karen Connolly of Greenwell Springs, and father and step mother Kenneth E and Ann Smith of Baton Rouge, as well as brothers Kerry O. Smith of Lone Pine, LA, Shawn Bryan of Baton Rouge, sisters Kathryn Mason and Kelly Smith of Baton Rouge, and Bonnie Perkins of Greenwell Springs as well as numerous aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Kenneth O and Bernice Book Smith and Gertie Book Johnson of Lone Pine, Archie O and Lily Bruno Smith of Bunkie and Robert E “Bob” and Twila White Connolly of Baton Rouge and his uncle Steve Smith of Lone Pine Randy Smith and sister Kassie Bryan of Denham Springs.
Luke attended Nimitz High School in Irving, TX before graduating from Bayou Chicot High School in Bayou Chicot, LA and graduated from Belhaven University in Jackson Ms. He married Rebekah Taylor and moved to Indiana and Georgia with his career in the truck leasing industry. Most recently Luke lived in Savannah-Brunswick, GA. area with Minor and Carla Roberts Pryor long time friends and business partners. Luke was a talented and published wedding and commercial photographer and owner of Lone Pine Photography/ Luke Smith Photography for the last 10 years. 
A memorial service will be held at the Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home in Bunkie, LA, Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2 P.M. and another in Savannah, GA December 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the Kirk O the Isles at 6500 Habersham St Savannah GA 31405.
He will be dearly missed by those who knew him as he was often referred to as a gentle giant with his larger than life stature and personality.