Daniel “Danny” Hendon Smith, age 68, a native and lifelong resident of Bayou La Batre, departed from this life at his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
Preceded in death by his parents, Terril and Margaret (Plumlee) Smith, daughters Miriam Jeannie Smith and Amy Smith, brother Merlin Smith and brother-in-law Wilton Barber. Survivors include sisters Terry Sue Smith, Judy Barber, Debra (Rex) Watson and Daria (Timmy) Adams, Aunt Betty Smith, a grandson, a granddaughter, great-granddaughters, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, life-long neighbors, and friends, as well as a host of well-loved felines.
Early life for Danny was spent as a commercial fisherman shrimping the waters of the Gulf Coast and later as a Chief Engineer on the Atlantic Sentry, a U.S. Government run, Bayou La Batre-built vessel based in Key West Florida whose purpose was to detect the illegal flow of narcotics into the United States.
Danny’s time on the sea brought him a great amount of pleasure and enabled him to accumulate countless sea time hours as well as opportunities to visit other areas of the world including Alaska, Trinidad, and Panama.
Following an injury on the water, Danny furthered his mechanical abilities as an employee of Bayou Motors selling, repairing, and extending advise on cars and, if you knew Danny, life in general.
Visitation and a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 10 a.m -11 a.m. for family and 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. for public and funeral services from 11 a.m.- Noon at First Baptist Church Bayou La Batre. Graveside service will follow at Oddfellows Cemetery Bayou La Batre. Pallbearers are Terril Barber, Timmy Ray Adams, Richard Adams, Christopher Fox, Cole Watson, and Cade Watson.
The family requests that all Covid-19 precautions be observed, including the wearing of face coverings and social distancing.