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“We were at a car show this weekend and we saw a convertible like the one Coach Smart had at Bastrop High the first year he ( and maybe the last year)...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Donna Atkins - Bastrop, LA

“Judy, just read about Butch, I am so very sorry. Mildred ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: mildred copeland allen - ruston, LA

“Mrs.Judy and Stephanie, I was so sorry to hear about Coach Smart. My prayers are with both of you at this time. Coach Smart was a great influence...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Tacie Harrison Farnam - N.R.Hills, TX

“I was so sorry to hear about Coach Smart. He coached my son David at Cedar Creek. He was well respected by David, as well as the other players. ...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Betty Caldwell - Marietta, GA

“Judy, I'm truly sorry for your loss. Coach taught us character, class, teamwork and the tough lessons that young men need to learn. Coach truly cared...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: David Caldwell - Marietta, GA

“Judy, I'm truly sorry for your loss. Coach taught us character, class, teamwork and the tough lessons that young men need to learn. Coach truly cared...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: David Caldwell - Marietta, GA

“Jane, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Buster and Jean Norris Page Summerfield, class of 1963 ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Jean Norris Page - Bossier City, LA

“My prayers to Stephanie and Judy. Thank you coach for being such a great coach and person. I will always have fond memories of Cedar Creek...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Lance Barnett - Jacksonville, FL

“My family and I knew Butch and Judy at Cedar Creek. My prayers are with his family at this time. I am so sorry for your lose and I know that God...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Larna Annison - Dallas, TX

“Judy, I respected Coach Smart more than any coach that I worked with. Love, Paul Walsworth ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Paul Walsworth - Quitman, LA


Brian Lee "Butch" Smart Kilpatrick Funeral Home Ruston, LA Brian Lee " Butch" Smart, passed away May 22, 2013 in Ruston, Louisiana, after a 12 year battle with cancer. He and his family were residents of Highlands, North Carolina for the past 17 years, but it was his desire to come home to Ruston in the end. He was born January 23, 1944, in Yazoo City, MS. He was a Basketball Coach, teacher, mentor and example to the many young men who came through his programs. His coaching career started in Bastrop, Louisiana then took him to Dubach High, Cedar Creek of Ruston, Quitman High, and East Ascension in Gonzales, Louisiana and finalized in Highlands, North Carolina. His total career wins reached 709 games. For Butch, it wasn't just about winning. It was about the example he set and the many young men and women he mentored and influenced. Butch is survived by his wife of 37 years, Judy of Highlands, North Carolina and Ruston, Louisiana; his daughter Stephanie, the sunshine of his life, a student at Louisiana Tech University; Sister, Jane Pipes (George) of Ruston; 2 nephews, James Pipes (Monica); Jeff Pipes (Ann) both of Ruston; 1 niece, Janis Smith (Adam) of Arlington, TX; Stepfather, Vester Neal of San Antonio, TX; half-brother, Russell Neal of Houston, TX, Great nieces and nephews, Shawn and Amanda Pipes; Taylor and Katelyn Pipes; Emma and Jake Smith. He is predeceased by his parents, Lee and Maude Smart and Helen Smart Neal. Butch was a faithful member of the Methodist church and served on various committees where he attended. He was a member of the Louisiana, North Carolina and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He served a stint on Officiating Advisory Committee for the National Federation of High Schools and the NABC. He was awarded the Brave Heart Award in 2004 by the North Carolina Athletic Association, served one term as President of the Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference and served on their Rules Committee. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston with visitation from 10 am to funeral time at the Church. Services will be conducted by Brian Mercer of Ruston and Paul Christy of Highlands, North Carolina. Pallbearers are: Scott Jolly, Stan Williamson, Noel Buras, Ryan Potts, Mark Price and Bruce Chaffin. Honorary Pallbearers will be Barry Canterbury, Greg Haddox, Jack Thigpen, Jim Pruett, Keith Prince, Donnie Barmore and all of his former players. Eulogies will be delivered by Jade Washmon and Brett Lamb. Burial will be at Pines Memorial Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in Highlands, NC at a later date. Memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of Highlands Attn: Mike Murphy Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com

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