Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ray John Smith, 83, son of Dewey John and Minnie (Jones) Smith was born March 27, 1929, in Raymondville. He passed away on March 22, 2013, in Springfield.

He grew up and attended school in Raymondville.

He was in the U.S. Army serving his country during the Korean War.

He married Lenna Garrison on Nov. 18, 1950, in Hardy, Ark. They had two children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Bonnie Riley, a half sister Pauline Mullins and one brother, Leo Smith and a half brother, Lefty Troutman.

Survivors include: his wife, Lenna, of the home; two sons, Ricky and his wife, Glenda, of Fulton, and Michael, of the home in Cassville; two grandchildren, Cynthia Bennett and husband, Josh, of Nixa, and Dr. Rebecca Smith, of Richmond, Va.; one great- grandchild, Brynlee Rose Bennett, of Nixa; one brother, Coy Smith, of Union; and one sister, Edith McKinney, of Houston.

He began working for the International Shoe Company in Houston, Mo., spending 13 years there. He then moved to Cassville in 1964 to work for the Juvenile Shoe Company, the Jumping Jacks Shoe Company, and finally he went work for Justin Boot Company and retired from there.

He was a member of the Raymondville Baptist Church. After moving to Cassville, he became a member of the Butterfield Baptist Church and was serving as a deacon in the church. He was a dedicated member of his church and desired to serve his Lord faithfully.

He has now gone to be with the One he served and is able to enjoy all the beauties of heaven and to rest in the presence of his Heavenly Father.

Ray was a loving husband, father and friend. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m in the First Baptist Church of Butterfield, Mo.

Services were held today (Wednesday) at Evans Funeral Home. Burial was in Boone Creek Cemetery, Licking. Brother Robert Wiggs officiated with Pastor David Eaton assisting. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. To make online condolences please visit www.evansfh.com.