"Camille and I, along with LMA President Mayor Lawrence Henagan and his wife Della, and the LMA Executive Board and staff are truly saddened to learn of the passing of Arcadia Mayor Eugene Smith. Mayor Smith was one of the longest serving District Vice Presidents in LMA history and a giant in municipal government. Never afraid to be innovative, he brought big ideas and economic development to Arcadia. His district meetings were some of the most well-attended and were always entertaining. Mayor Smith leaves big shoes to fill and his smile and service to the LMA and to Louisiana will be sorely missed. Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to the Smith family and the Town of Arcadia."
- John Gallagher, LMA Executive Director
Gov. Edwards Releases Statement on the Passing of Mayor Eugene Smith (4/23/18)
Baton Rouge – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the passing of Arcadia Mayor Eugene Smith.
“Mayor Smith was an exceptional leader who proudly served all of the people of Arcadia and the neighboring communities with compassion and a true concern for improving their lives,” said Gov. Edwards. "Donna and I send our condolences to Billie, his wife of 64 years. Together, they were a formidable team. Eugene not only served as mayor for 16 years, but he was also part of the executive board of the Louisiana Municipal Association. He worked hard every day to make Arcadia and other Louisiana communities economically viable, great places to live, work and raise families. Eugene was well respected and loved by many, and we will keep his family, friends and community in our prayers.”