Mr. Smith died at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at his home.
He was born May 21, 1928, at Salem, Arkansas, to Forrest Ira Smith and Nellie Louisa Mask Smith. On July 23, 1959, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Ethel Bragg. He was a truck driver for SP Gas, also known as Empire Gas and worked for ten years at Southwest Truck Body. After his retirement, he drove cars for various West Plains car dealers. Mr. Smith previously attended Pentecostal Church of God, now known as Trinity Worship Center and currently attended China Union Church.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel Smith, of the family home; two children, Charlotte Smith, West Plains, Missouri and Juna Rice, husband, Shane, Norwood, Missouri; five grandchildren, Ian, Ivy, Lea, Timber and Annah; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.
His parents, daughter, Rebecca, two brothers and two sisters, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon Bible Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.