September 6, 1973 ~ April 12, 2019

Born in: Hearne, TX
Resided in: Aurora, CO

Cedric Jerome Smith, Sr. was born on September 6, 1973, in Hearne, Texas to his mother, Gloria D. Smith. He was an eight-pound baby who bought joy and happiness to his family. His mother was often teased because in her eyes, he could do no wrong. He was her “Golden Baby.” It is often said, “a woman cannot raise a man, but Gloria is credited with doing so with love, dedication, and patience. He was an only child and was spoiled rotten as a result. He shared a special closeness with his grandmother and loved spending summers in Hearne along with his cousins, Dana, Dominick, Tiffani, Sonya, Tish, and sometimes Turri. They all were able to enjoy country living. They were often teased by the neighborhood children because they thought they talked “proper.” None the less, they shared many happy and precious moments together during those summer vacations.

Cedric accepted the Lord and his personal savior and was baptized alongside, Dana and Domnick at Jone’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Hearne, Texas. He attended Sunday school with Mrs. Whitehead as the teacher and he often worshipped at the church when visiting in Hearne. He loved hanging out with his uncles as they barbequed and played street ball and other activities. The family fondly remembers them wearing a path in the grass as they walked to “Mrs. Easters” for freeze cups and snacks from Seymore’s and other neighborhood stores. As he grew older, he continued to enjoy visiting Texas and he particularly, loved Texas sports. He was an avid Texas Longhorn fan and became a true “Aggie” (Texas A&M University) fan. He and his mother were both Dallas Cowboys fans and they also enjoyed visiting (Jerry World) AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Cedric received his early education in Denver, Colorado. He attended Fulton Elementary, West Jr. High School and in 1992, he graduated from Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colorado.

On June 22, 2002, Cedric married the former, Trina Gregory. They first met at Aurora Central High School. To this union, Jocelynn, Tre’Onna, Cedric, Jr. and DreVonn were born. Trina remembers showing him how to love unconditionally. She reflects that we were each other’s “ride or die.” We started a family together and raised them together. His children remember Dad as being firm but fun. They remember his cooking as being sometimes good and sometimes NOT. He loved them and enjoyed letting others know how proud he was of them. He participated in and celebrated their accomplishments. He was later blessed with two grandchildren, Leyna and Onyx. Cedric spoiled his grandchildren at every chance. He gave Leyna the nickname “Bug” and Onyx the nickname “fatgirl.” He allowed them to make a mess and all they had to do was listen. He was the family protector and they know he will continue to watch over them. He was also the proud father of Daiyaun, Chadae, and twins, Nycya and NyRya, who were also an additional source of joy and pride in his life. They too have many happy and memorable moments of times shared together.

By profession, Cedric was employed as a Fork Lift Driver and a Warehouse worker for Eaton Cooperation. He was hard-working, dedicated, and always willing to perform assigned duties above expectations. He worked well with his co-workers and the management team.
Cedric worked at the Boys and Girls Club. He was a youth football coach for the Aurora Cardinals. He loved being surrounded by young people and was a mentor to them. He believed that being a positive role model would have an everlasting effect on their lives.

Cedric was a fun-loving man, who enjoyed life and those he encircled. In his free time, he enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys. He loved the special moments with his children watching them play sports, coaching, and spending quality time other family and friends. He enjoyed making others laugh and being the life of the party. He was never shy and had a caring spirit. His closest friends, Douglas Chase, Martin Finley, George McClain, Art Mitchell, and Larry Johnson will miss him being “SOLID,” “A Stand-Up Guy” and being “The Life of the Party.” They also remember his nickname “Cowboy Smitty.” He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known this one of kind guy. To know Cedric was to love him.

Cedric Jerome Smith, Sr. departed this life on April 12, 2019, in Aurora, Colorado. Those left to cherish his memory and mourn his loss include his mother, Gloria D. Smith; his wife, Trina M. Smith both of Aurora, Colorado; 3 sons, Cedric J. Smith, Jr. of Aurora, Colorado, DreVonn N. Smith of Denver, Colorado, and Daiyaun X. Smith of Aurora, Colorado; 5 daughters, Jocelynn T.D. Gregory, Tre’Onna N. Smith, Chadae Jackson Smith, NyCya Jackson Smith and NyRya Jackson Smith all of Denver, Colorado; his step-father, Arthur “Pop” Watson of Aurora, Colorado; 2 grandchildren, Leyna M. Contreras and Onyx J. Smith both of Aurora, Colorado; his grandmother, Myrtle L. Smith of Hearne, Texas, extended family includes, Daiyaun’s siblings, Daiauna Mosley, Daiajah Mays, Daiqua Mosley, Daiyaun Smith; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Services

Visitation: April 23, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Visitation: April 24, 2019 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Friendship Baptist Church of Christ Jesus
880 Fairfax Street
Denver, CO 80220


Celebration of Life: April 24, 2019 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Friendship Baptist Church of Christ Jesus
880 Fairfax Street
Denver, CO 80220


Interment: April 24, 2019 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Fairmount Cemetery
430 South Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80231


Reception: April 24, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Pipkin Braswell
6601 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220


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  1. Nephew words can’t express how much I’m going to miss you I love you God got you and you will always be in my heart

  2. It is with my deepest sympathy and condolences. I am truly sorry for you loss. My heart aches, but not as much or as hard as yours. You all will continuously be in my prayers and Cedric will always be my friend and in my heart. Peace to this family as such a time as this.

  3. I am so sorry for your Loss…Praying for healing, comfort, strength and peace for you and your family during this painful time…RIP Smitty. You will be missed Bro…

  4. To the family of Cedric Jerome Smith, I offer my heartfelt condolences. Losing a loved one in death is a crushing blow that leaves our hearts broken and scarred. Yet, we are assured at Psalm 147:3, God “heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds”. May you find healing in the comforting words He has promised at Revelation 21:4, 5 during this most grievous time.-jw.org

  5. I’m lost for words right now, I still can’t believe this. I will truly miss you, our football jokes. I still didn’t get my shirt either.. lol. May you rest in peace and know we love you

  6. FROM DOC AND ALICIA MANNING OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE YOU FAM. ESPECIALLY THE BABIES BUT THIS MAN WAS AND ALWAYS BE LIKE A BROTHER TO ME. MADE ME LAUGH WHEN I NEEDED . WHEN I NEEDED TO CRY WHEN I SHOULDN’T HAVE. LOVE AND WILL MISS. YOU. SMITTY AKA COWBOY. 😢💖💖💞🙏🙏😃😃

  7. Man I’m going to miss you my dude you was so full of life I can’t believe this still in disbelief RIP bro..🙏🙏🙏

  8. Boy, I’m truly can’t understand this but I have to let Jesus take the wheel. Brother I love you and miss you dearly. I’ll hold on to all our memories and keep them near. Until next time.

  9. The times we shared and all the Beautiful memories.. Love you always and Forever.. until we meet again..

    • May God keep his hands over this family may he hold them from the youngest to the oldest..Heavenly father keep his mom’s heart in your hand as she heals from this loss please Father God hold his sisters as well in this I pray Amen

  10. To the family my condolences and prayers. Cedric this is really hard for me to understand. Every since I’ve known you, you always showed me nothing but respect and love. We go way back and you will truly be missed. R.I.H.

  11. To the family my condolences and prayers. Cedric this is really hard for me to understand. Every since I’ve known you, you always showed me nothing but respect and love. We go way back and you will truly be missed. Much love always…R.I.H.

  12. My condolences to the family, My prayers go out to each and everyone of you. God bless. I’m truly going to mis him.

      • Big relli man I wasn’t ready for you to go. We use to watch our boys play and talk big trash win or lose. If we would lose we bot would say “We still talking” man how Im going to miss u more and more each day that goes by. Rest easy big relli SmittyGang 4-life love you. Gone but never forgotten. Love you

  13. Words can’t explain how this left us, disbelief, stripped, shocked, I’m at a loss man. Ced I did drop a few tears in your absence. Always and forever family.

    • You call Me Unk and I call You Neph . A Level of Respect Since Day one . We shared sports, Music, Serious conversations, and Debates Together . Most of all the share of Love , Support, and Respect of Family . I can not believe that our times together are no More . Your Bright Star will always continues to shine on mines . Stories of you told over and over with smiles and Laughter . You will always be with us . Love, support , and Faith I Pray for The Family . Love and Miss you Already Nephew Ced . So Hurt Doc Manning

  14. Rest in paradise Cedric. You will be truly missed. Sending nothing but lots of love and prayers out to his family and friends.

  15. My heart is Broken beyond repair. I can’t believe this has happened to one of my dearest friends. I love you Cedric. Until I see you again. Rest easy…

  16. Throughout the 15 yrs I’ve known you, you’ve always been a pleasure Smitty. I’m saddened and shocked and I wish there was something someone could’ve done for you both. My deepest condolences and prayers to everyone. ❤️

  17. Even though we go back to high school, these past few years i am grateful to have formed a stronger bond and I’m glad to been able to call you brother. You’ve always looked out for ‘lil sis’ and I’m forever in debted. Rest now brother. No one knows what you truly was going through. Our paths have already been written. All we can do is continue the journey with God’s guidance. Love u always!

  18. Sending my prayers and condolences to the family at such a difficult time as this …
    May you rest in heaven Smitty 🙏

  19. Man Brother…. I miss you so much 46 year together you was always there for me never ask why always when and were so with that…..SMITTYGANG FOR LIFE and i will carry you with me until we together again…. TINY SMITTY 4LIFE LOVE YOU

  20. Big relli I will miss you man. All the memory’s we had shared and the times we watched our Cowboys play. Win or lose we was always talking stuff. Im still hurt for this one. Love you hold a spot for me we will be together again.

  21. Cedric may u have peace and may your family and kids heal this is a hard thing to do to tell a person whom was loved by so many people good bye the smile u showed when you was seen was the brightest. May the love from all of us be sent to your family and may God keep hos hand around your babies and grandbabies love and going to miss u Cowboy

  22. RIH brother. Our family was completely shaken by this. You will truly be missed never 4gotten. We are sending prayers to your family who are still on 🌎. Now you may rest easy.

  23. Your charm, that grin, and most of all, All that swag you had. You will truly be missed by all who came in contact with you! Your blood still runs through your babies! This is a hard pill to swallow. Praying for peace and understanding to the family.

  24. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾😇It was so sad 😢to hear about this story breaks my heart, To the family so sorry for your loss

  25. To the family my condolences and prayers. Cedric this is really hard for me to understand. My heart is Broken beyond repair. The bond we had was different from all others. I can’t believe this has happened. I love you Friend. Until I see you again my friend

  26. It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death. What you meant to me will always remain in my heart. Cousit! I’m sure gonna miss you! Rest your job here is done.

  27. Fly high rele..I’m really missing you..watch over me please..I love you more than words will ever explain..too many memories that will NEVER be forgotten..

  28. Sleep on nephew and take your rest, we all loved you but God loves you best. Jesus has fixed it so in that great getting up morning we will be reunited.

  29. Lost for words… Prayers and blessings to the family…l’ll see you, on the other side SMITTY!!! No more pain!!! One Luv. . . . . .

  30. Rest easy, not sure what to say or even how to say it…I send prayers to your family and I know this isn’t easy….you have a lot of people who care about you and will continue to lift your family up in prayer 🙏 we had a good friendship you always had me laughing and I thank you for always being that friend ❤️.

  31. R.I.P uncle Smitty u were a great friend u been knowin me since I was 18 years old n u always had my bacc and u always kept it real unc but I kno now ur in a better place and ur watchin over us trust and believe were gonna everythin in our power to make u proud of us unc while ur up there please tell my mom I miss her n I love her unc n tell Blaq we miss him to but heaven got a king and Queen n we try to keep our heads up unc love u both R.I.P. n rest easy!!! Y’all 4ever in our hearts Amen.

  32. rip cuzzin…. im still in disbelief that you are no longer here with us my prayers go out to your children and aunt Gloria… I love you all I also pray for strength for my family who will be attending your homecoming celebration… this is extremely heartbreaking rip cedric

  33. This is really a shock to me😭. Smitty you were a good guy. You are really missed. The family will be in my prayers.😘😘

  34. I haven’t seen you in a while, but as kids, we grew up together & are moms were life long friends,you will be truly missed!! Rip, my brother from another mother

  35. Ced. It’s hard to believe your gone you were so full life so much energy.that gold smile will be truly miss.
    I still don’t like them cowboys..
    But I do like you…

  36. Man If I Would Have Known The Friday Before Would Have Been The Last Time I Would Have Ever Saw U Agian I Would Have Hugged U And Said Love Ya. Always Gonna Rep Them Cowboys. R.I.H Cedric

  37. You will be truely💕 missed Ced, words can’t express all of the great times with you and unk…✨#RIH my friend Cedric Smitty Smith✨ Gloria my heart mourns for you as well call me if you need anything.

  38. The Dancy family….. My dear friend ced u always kept a good vibe and a big heart u will be truly missed..alot of good times and great memories. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends.. Harold Dancy.aka.HP

  39. Sending my condolences to the family and my prayers, You were one of the coolest ” Cowboys” I knew words cant express how I feel and you will be missed .

  40. Hello my long life time friend, I am in such disbelief that I am signing your guest book. May you rest easy, and watch over those that need you to be there guardian angel. You will truly be missed. Gone but never forgotten. My true cowboy fan. R.I.P and my condolences to the family.

  41. Hello my long life time friend, I am in such disbelief that I am signing your guest book. May you rest easy, and watch over those that need you to be there guardian angel. You will truly be missed. Gone but never forgotten. My true cowboy fan. R.I.P and my condolences to the family.

  42. I appreciate your love and spirit fam. Thank you for being an outstanding man and a role model for all of us to follow. Continue to look after us. Love you Ced. My heart is heavy still.

  43. Rip Dad rest peacefully LOVE YOU FOREVER!!!!!!!!
    I can’t believe your gone but mom is up there and i hope yall are having fun.
    MISS YOU!!!!!

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