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Larry Dwain Smith of Paducah, Ky., 71 years of age, passed away Monday, September 5, 2016 at Lourdes Hospital, Paducah, Ky., from complications of Muscular Dystrophy.

Mr. Smith was a Boilermaker working out of Local 40 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  For more than 20 years, he served as Lead Instructor for the Local’s apprenticeship program, earning International Instructor of the Year. In 2003, Local 40 honored Mr. Smith for his years of service to the Brotherhood with the dedication of its first training facility, The L. D. Smith Training Center.  In 1987, the West Kentucky Building and Construction Trade recognized Mr. Smith for his dedication and service to the labor movement in Western Kentucky.

Mr. Smith was also a gifted artist and longtime friend of the Paducah community. With musical beginnings as a drummer for a local band in the 1960s, The Rum Runners, Mr. Smith developed an interest in painting in his later life. Along with his peers, he founded the Paducah Area Painters Alliance (PAPA), a group dedicated to the recognition and celebration of local art and artists. Mr. Smith’s paintings were prominently featured around the community and often served as the City of Paducah’s annual Christmas card. In 2008, Paducah Mayor William Paxton recognized Mr. Smith for his continued commitment to the city, naming him a Duke of Paducah. Mr. Smith also served on the Marshall County Board of Education, and was recognized in 1988 for his service.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margie Cissell-Smith; a daughter, Traci Dodson; a sister, Judith Ray; and two grandsons; Zachary Dodson of St. Louis, Missouri and Dylan Dodson of Calvert City, Kentucky.

Mr. Smith’s body will be used for research at the University of Louisville before being returned for cremation.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Mr. Smith’s name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America.

Dwain will be missed by PAPA members and all those who knew him!

~ Rest in Peace Dwain ~

Larry Dwain Smith

1945 - 2016