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Donald Keith Smith

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June 15, 1960 ~ December 3, 2023

Born in: Los Angeles, California
Resided in: San Antonio, Texas

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6

Donald Keith Smith, known affectionately as “Keith,” “Papi,” “Keefy,” and “Smitty,” entered this world on June 15, 1960, in Los Angeles, California, as the third child of Jonnie B. and Yvonne Kelley Smith.

Keith’s journey of faith began early, leading to his baptism at New Light Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Crenshaw High School in 1978, marking the commencement of a career that included roles in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Northeast Independent School District, and the City of San Antonio. His dream of traversing the country behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler became a reality during his tenure with Coldliner Express
Trucking Company.

On May 8, 2000, Keith became a member of New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, serving as a member of the Usher Board. He enjoyed the full privileges of his membership. A gentle and peaceful soul, Keith touched the lives of those around him.

Preceding him in death were his mother, Yvonne Kelley Smith; father, Jonnie B. Smith; daughter, LaTanya Yvonne Smith; brother, Brandon Todd Smith; and nephew, Marvin Lavon Lee, Jr.

He is survived by his daughters LaToya Smith-Sims (Terrell), Niecy Nicole Bush; grandchildren, Malik and Isaiah Sims; Emonie Wilson, Justin Hamlin; sisters, Felecia Y. Smith, Deborah Smith Lee (Marvin); brother, Carlos B. Smith; nieces, Jada, Jaelyn, and Britni Lee; aunt, Mae Etta Adams; and a host of cousins, relatives, and friends.

In honoring Keith’s memory, let us remember the warmth of his spirit and the lasting impact he had on those fortunate enough to know him. May he rest in eternal peace.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7


Visitation: December 18, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Room: Chapel

MeadowLawn Funeral Home
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States


Funeral Service: December 18, 2023 10:00 am

Room: Chapel

MeadowLawn Funeral Home
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States


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  1. CandleImageGreat man. Will truly be missed. Taught me a lot about being a man. Appreciate all the time we spent together. Rest well….

  2. CandleImageUncle Keith,
    It was a blessing being able to call you my family. I love you, and I pray you rest peacefully in the arms of our Lord. ❤️❤️❤️
    With love!

  3. CandleImage“In the hearts of those who loved you, you will always be there.” As you were you will always be, treasured forever in our memory. I will always remember all the years of good and fun times we shared. Keith, Rest In Peace.

  4. CandleImageKeith was a very kind and loving person. I will always remember his smile and laughter. He will truly be missed. God bless you Keith.

  5. CandleImageI remember our younger days when Niece was little and all the fun we had in the white Chevy, this was all of a sudden and I will never forget you🙏🏽😘

  6. CandleImageFor its never easy losing a loved one. Sending love, hugs, and prayers during this time.

    Love cousin Charletia and daughter Niyah

  7. CandleImageThe Smith family and our family were neighbors on 94th pl in Los Angeles. I have known Keith the majority of his life and even when he was younger he had a gentle soul was always polite. He had a calmness over him that was just natural. We would check in on fb from time to time… especially when he would stop to eat and post his food. The brothers are back together. Rest well Keith my friend 🕊️ My condolences to his children and grandchildren… siblings … other family and friends! I’ll miss you Keith… 94th misses you 💞

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