NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Services for longtime Nacogdoches youth football coach Slaton Sharp Smith have been scheduled for Saturday.
Slaton Smith died at the age of 45 on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. In a previous East Texas News story, Kevin Clayton, a Boys & Girls Club coach said that Smith served as the president of the Pineywoods Football League for the past 11 years, and at times. Coached multiple teams in the league.
Slaton Smith's memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches, and the interment will be at the Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday at FBC Nacogdoches.
Following the burial, Slaton Smith's family and friends will have a celebration of his life at Banita Creek Hall, starting at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations either be made to the Slaton Smith Scholarship at the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association or the Slaton Smith Foundation created for the benefit of the Nacogdoches Boys and Girls Club in c/o Shannon Smith, 4635 NE Stallings Drive, Suite 101, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965.
The Boys & Girls Club is in the process of renovating a football field, which will be named after him.
Slaton Smith is survived by his wife, Robin and sons, Gunnar, Jake and Gus.
"Nine and a half years ago Slaton was diagnosed with cancer," Robin Smith said. "He had a Gastrointestinal Stromal tumor. His initial surgery was performed here in Nacogdoches by Dr. Jimmy Redfield and then he had treatment at The MD Anderson Cancer center in Houston."
Slaton Smith played ball at Nacogdoches High school from 1984 to 1987 as a wide receiver for the Dragons.