Luke Smyth

December 10, 1979 – September  8, 2017 | Born in Columbia, SC | Resided in Bluffton, SC

Born December 10, 1979 in Columbia SC, Luke died on September 8, 2017 at Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC where he had been transferred due to mandatory Hurricane Irma Evacuation. Luke will be having several private memorial services, but his magnanimous personality definitely warranted A Military Salute, which will be held Thursday Sept 21 at 2 pm at Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary St. Beaufort, SC, open to all those who care. Luke was an Artist, Poet, HipHop Lyricist & Beatmaker, & Navy Veteran. His HipHop Stage Name is ApacX (previously Armageddon) of His song “Surrender” the week before his death was rated “The most played song in Christian HipHop in the US” by #1Music. Many of his songs were in the top 10 on ReverbNation these recent 7 yrs despite his 100% service-connected brain/mental injuries incurred when he was just 23. He really identified with the angst of the Rap Music culture. Luke’s honorable service in the military was as a Navy Airflight Launching Captain Trainer & Airplane Mechanic 1999-2004 Oceana Airbase Virginia Beach. He received several awards of “Superior Performance for training over 100 Veterans” in his job specialty, and his discharge was honorable. I as Luke’s Mother, Legal Guardian & Caregiver Ms. Fran Smyth of 155 Lake Linden Dr. Bluffton, SC, have been his Constant Advocate these 14 years since injury, and have devoted myself to taking care of him in my residences since 2010. This task has not been easy, but these circumstances taught both of us about God’s Grace, through which each of us learned to love unconditionally. Luke was raised in the Church, my ex-husband his Father Dan Smyth of Greenwood, SC and I having been in the Protestant Christian Ministry for the duration of our 21 year marriage. His father bought him his most memorable gift when he was a boy, a ball python snake, which was also memorable to me! Luke has a younger brother Nathan Smyth of Charleston, SC whom he also deeply loved. They really looked great together and ‘the boys’ and I had many adventures to help Luke be as happy as he could safely be. It’s primarily Nathan’s fault I was nagged to death to get & train our beloved Therapy Dog Tahari, whom Luke adored. Personal remembrances from family and friends may be posted on Lowcountry Crematory’s website:, click on Obituary & search Luke’s name. Luke was a member of Kempsville Presbyterian Church while in Virginia Beach & a much loved active participant in their College & Career Group. He longed to find a church after his illness, but could not seem to contain himself to a seat! (I would have to say he was an extremely enthusiastic Presbyterian Pentecostal!) But God is not confined to a building, and I can personally testify that despite the effects of the injuries and many medications on his thinking & behavior, his faith endured to the end. Luke and I want everyone to realize that GOD UNDERSTANDS MENTAL ILLNESS AT ANY AGE whether it be due to Alzheimer’s, Dementia, physical injuries & physiological illnesses, or chemical imbalances of the brain. These problems are as real as having cancer, but devastatingly affect the loved one’s thinking, perceptions and behavior to an even greater degree. I often used to exclaim out of frustration “Luke, you are a man of extremes!” He actually loved this and it always evoked a smile and great laughter. But Luke was also the most generous and forgiving person I have ever known. He never failed to (eventually) say “I’m Sorry” when it was appropriate. He knew I loved him and I knew he loved me. But there is an even greater love. The last time we talked, Luke excitedly discussed our names being recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Although his thoughts and ideas were undoubtedly and understandably affected by his illnesses, he never doubted that we are saved only by God’s Grace through Jesus Christ, and that’s what matters. In addition to the Bible, Luke often quoted Tupac: “Only God is my judge.” But while I was mourning Luke’s death during Hurricane Irma, this Bible verse came to me:  John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, Anyone who hears My Word & believes God Who sent Me HAS eternal life & WILL NOT BE JUDGED.



Beaufort National Cemetery 1601 Boundary St. Beaufort, SC, US 29902 Thursday, September 21, 2017 2:00 PM


  • Jay Baggett Posted September 18, 2017 6:13 pm

    Luke, I never knew you, but I’ve known your wonderful mother since we were both half your age. Neither of us could have realized then the tragedies that awaited us and the lives of those who would be entrusted to us one day as parents, nor the ways we would be called upon to respond.

    God handed you a heavy burden to carry these last 14 years, one that wasn’t fair by any earthly measure. But He provided a faithful, loving burden-bearer to be along side you through it all. Your mother’s care was a measure of God’s special grace to you. When God was assigning moms, you won the lottery.

    Fran, while we know God does all things for our good according to his own purposes, I do not know why He wounds us in particularly painful ways. But if, as Prov 27:6 says, wounds from a friend can be trusted, and if God is our friend, then we can fully trust both the wounds and the Wounder.

    Praying for continued grace to heal your grief.

  • Fran Smyth Posted September 18, 2017 6:51 pm

    Luke,I will always love and miss you. We’ve practically been joined at the hip for the last decade. The above picture was the most recent one I took of you around 5 weeks ago & you were so happy! You were wearing this shirt I bought you with the Logo ‘Lifted.’ In the midst of all my agonizing tears & questions, when I was searching for a picture to post I realized you have indeed been LIFTED! Into the loving arms of our Lord Jesus, Who heals ALL our ‘diseases.’ No more two steps forward one step back, just straight up LIFTED. I LOVE YOU. We will see each other again.

  • Rebecca Rising Posted September 18, 2017 10:29 pm

    Words seem inadequate to share the hugeness of Luke’s life and how many people he touched. Though I never meant Luke in person, through his incredible and amazing mother Fran. I felt I knew him – his joy, his desire to experience all of life, his faith, and his roller coaster of a life that interacted with all his love of life. In prayer, I have met this soul. Heaven will never be the same! He is encouraging lots more “joyful noise”
    With those angels I’m sure. May God bless you Fran as you are so thankful for your son and yet grieve him in that bond you two shared. My prayers are with you. With love, Rebecca

  • Terry and Alan Bialowas Posted September 19, 2017 9:15 pm

    Fran, We are so sorry for the loss you are dealing with but God will see you through this troubling time. We will still be in Florida on Thurs so unable to attend Luke’s service but we will see you sometime next week when we get to the island. Thoughts and prayers. Terry and Alan

  • Debbie Doherty Posted September 20, 2017 1:53 am

    Fran, we have known each other for many years as I met you when you moved in next door, and I grew to love and look up to you in so many ways. I admire the way you have always been a very inspirational person inside and out and have that aura about you that brings a smile to everyone around you just because of your positivity. Being around you always made me feel better about myself as well. . I can not even begin to imagine the pain and grief you are going through right now. I never got to know Luke but always knew he made you proud. I wish I had the words to lighten your agony but sometimes words aren’t enough. Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. You are certainly in my thoughts and prayers. I’m praying for peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to hold forever in your heart!! If you need anything please know we are here for you! Much love and hugs to you!!!!

  • Elizabeth Bennett Posted September 20, 2017 12:24 pm

    I remember Luke well. I met him when he was around 10 as his mother and I became friends at Lander and remain friends today. He was bright and fully of energy. I watched him mature into a young man and then adult. He carried some heavy burdens in the latter stages of life. However God has plans and sometimes we do not always understand them. We just know He is in control regardless. Luke’s faith was strong and he loved the Lord with his heart, soul, mind and strength. It’s a comfort knowing he is in the arms of Christ now. Thank you God for using this illness to help Fran grow in her faith as well. Much love to the family.

  • Deirdra Holloway Posted September 20, 2017 10:48 pm

    Luke, you brought your Mother into my life, we met at a hotel and had dinner that evening, we exchanged our stories, laughed and cried and our friendship started so many years ago! You were always her blessing and now you are her angel. Peace to your family, embrace the good memories and Fran always hold your. Sons close to your heart!

  • Felicia Knuttel Posted September 21, 2017 2:33 pm

    Aunt Fran, my heart hurts for you at the way too early loss of Luke! I know that due to your teachings and steadfast beliefs that Luke is definitely with His Heavenly Father! I pray the Holy Spirit keeps you wrapped in His peace and comfort! Thank you Luke for your service for our country and you will be missed! Rap on cousin!!!

  • Bill and Esthet Hermann Posted September 22, 2017 11:50 am

    Fran, our love and prayers go with you. May the intimacy of God’s peace and presence be sensed in a new and fresh way and His comforting arms hold you.

  • Jehan Bowman Posted September 23, 2017 3:24 am

    I am so very sorry that we didn’t get to know each other over the years. I have fond memories from when we were little. Jennifer and I always had such a good time hanging out with you and Nathan. Even though you were a bit older than us, you still played with us and it was a lot of fun. I’ve thought of you and prayed for you over the years. I believe you are finally at peace. I just hope your mom and brother can find that same peace here on earth right now. You will be missed.


    Jehan, your cousin

  • Fran Smyth Posted September 28, 2017 11:28 pm

    The reply feature was not accessible for some reason, but I want to thank each one of you for your very loving comments and condolences! Some of you ive known for your life time, some since I was 16, some since my 20s & 30s, others over the last decade or more. God works in mysterious ways to bring us all together at a time like this, like Cords of Caring. There are several Memorial Sites I’ve posted for Luke, and I thank you for taking the time to post on this and others. Wishing God’s blessing and Love, and thanking you for sharing in my grief as well as the celebration of Luke’s life on this earth.

  • LeAnn Kalita Posted October 1, 2017 2:36 am

    Fran – on behalf of all the artist students at Art & Soul, where you joined us for classes and commraderie, please accept my condolences on Luke’s death. I did not know Luke, but quickly realized the tremendous love you had for him – your face lit up each and every time you shared a Luke story.. We have missed you in classes and hope that you can now find time to return. Art can be very therapeutic and consoling. And, I know that we all would like to share our love with you. May all the wonderful memories you have of Luke help you thru the difficult days.

  • Maureen Dugan Posted October 1, 2017 1:09 pm

    Dear Fran, I met you at Art & Soul. Your positive attitude and obvious loving. Devotion to your son was amazing – Please come back ! It is a great circle of people – be assured that you will be in my thoughts and prayers! Maureen

  • Eydie Johnson Posted October 5, 2017 9:43 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Fran and Nate at the loss of Luke, beloved son and brother. Our friendship goes back many years, and we are thankful for the memories we have of Luke during his early and teen years when we lived closer and he interacted with my two children.
    He suffered much because of his illness, but his music continues to point the way to God, the Ultimate Healer. You have been and will be in our prayers every day as we seek God’s mercy and healing in your grief. He promises to be your Strength and Fortress. Luke is safely in His arms.

  • Skye Schwarzer Posted October 12, 2017 5:16 am

    My favorite time with Luke as kids playing was the day we walked through the woods for hours with our brothers exploring…. we came upon dinosaur bones and everything kids imagine without a care in the world….. Luke gave me one of his white polished rocks for my rock collection, I still have that white shiny rock today and have always thought of him when I see it & I will continue to think of him. We know you are at peace, Luke.
    All our love and prayers to you, Fran & Nathan.
    Skye & Chris


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