Noble Louis R. Smith, III was born on March 26, 1949 in Wilmington, NC to Louis R. Smith, Jr. and Dylah D. Smith. Louis is a native of Wilmington where he attended Wilmington College then served almost two years active duty in the US Navy; returning to the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he graduated in 1973 with a BS degree in Accounting. He worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers as an accountant and served as the Finance and Accounting Officer in Wilmington District. He transferred to the Army Corps of Engineers Europe Division as Finance & Accounting Officer for 2 years and Budget Officer for 1 year from 1980-83. He returned to Wilmington later to become the Chief of Resource Management as Chief Financial Officer in 1990. Louis retired in January 2010 with over 39 years of Service for the Department of Defense. He participated on numerous National teams as leader, member, representing the Corps. He served as course instructor on Corps Financial matters for New Military Commanders and new Corps employees and future leaders. He received numerous awards and commendations for his distinguished professional career to include; The Army Comptroller of the year below Major Command in 2002 from the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Ms. Sandra Pack, The Bronze Order of the De Fluery Medal and the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award from Lt. General Robert Van Antwerp, Chief of Engineers for the Army Corps, and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Governor Beverly Perdue.
Louis married his lovely wife Patricia Corcoran Smith December 3, 1999 and they have 4 children, Brad (wife Julie), Erin (husband Nathan), Sara (husband Sean), and Marlo (husband Ody) and 6 grandchildren Alex, Kameron, Jaisyn, Katie, Camille, and Wade. Patricia retired from UNCW and is active in many local and community organizations that include the Ladies of the Arab Shrine. Louis and Pat love spending time with their family. Louis enjoys golf and fishing. They both enjoy shag music and dance. Louis served as President of the Cape Fear Shag Club in 2008 (20th anniversary) and 2013 (25th anniversary), and served other leadership positions. He was inducted into the Cape Fear Shag Club Hall of Fame in October 2013. Louis and Pat are members of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Wilmington, NC, where he serves on the Finance Committee and she is active with United Methodist Women.
Louis was introduced to the Masonic fraternity and Shriners through his father and mother and their friends. His father was a Mason for over 50 years and a Shriner over 40 years. He was raised by his father, sitting Master, at Wilmington Lodge #319, as a Master Mason on August 15, 2006. Louis served as Master of Wilmington Lodge #319 in 2011. He became a Sudan Shriner in September 2006 at the temple in New Bern and joined the Arab Shrine Club October 2006. He became a 32° Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Wilmington and a York Rite Mason with the Wilmington York Rite Bodies October 28, 2006 at the Masonic Unity Challenge. Louis and Patricia joined Goldenrod Chapter # 142 Order of the Eastern Star in September 2006 serving as Chaplain and Star Point respectively. Louis was initiated as a charter member into the Knights of St. Andrew January 17, 2007. He joined the Sudan Drum & Bugle Corps in 2006, served as the Secretary 2011 and 2012 and Captain of the Drum and Bugle Corps for 2013. He has been an active member on the Arab Shrine Club Board of Directors from 2007- 2013. He served as second Vice President of the Arab Shrine Club in 2013.
Elected to the Royal Order of Jesters on Oct. 18, 2014.
It has been an honor to serve with so many outstanding men and their ladies. The confidence that Illustrious Sir Rick Jackson has placed in me for this appointment as Outer Guard is humbling. I look forward to working with the Divan and Nobility and their ladies in providing leadership and supporting our Sudan causes and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.