Baton Rouge columnist Smiley Anders dies at 86

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Baton Rouge resident and longtime columnist for The Advocate has died at the age of 86, according to the local newspaper.

The Advocate reported Smiley Anders’ death Friday, May 31, remembering his over 50 years of work at the newspaper. His last column was posted online on Monday, May 27.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome released a statement mourning Anders, saying in part, “for decades, Smiley brought joy, wit, and a unique perspective to the pages of our local newspaper, becoming a cherished voice in our community.”

Broome said Anders’ writing was “more than just words” as it made an impact on the city of Baton Rouge using heart, soul and humor.

Read the mayor’s full statement below.

“With deep sadness, I acknowledge the passing of Smiley Anders, a beloved citizen of Baton Rouge and columnist with The Advocate. For decades, Smiley brought joy, wit, and a unique perspective to the pages of our local newspaper, becoming a cherished voice in our community.

“Smiley’s columns were more than just words; they reflected the heart and soul of Baton Rouge. His ability to find humor in everyday life and his genuine connection with our residents made him a trusted friend to many. His contributions to journalism and his dedication to our city will be remembered fondly.

“On behalf of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Smiley’s family, friends, and colleagues at The Advocate. May his legacy continue to inspire us all, and may we honor his memory by celebrating the warmth and humanity he brought to our lives.”

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

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