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Waters Funeral Home
Wednesday November 17th, 2021
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Waters Funeral Home
Wednesday November 17th, 2021
7:00pm

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Larry Gene Smith

Larry Gene Smith, age 80, of Vandalia, MO passed away at 11:35 pm Friday, November 12, 2021, at the Tri-County Care Center.

A life-long resident of the Vandalia area, Larry was born in Bowling Green, MO on June 15, 1941 to Walter Clark Smith and Dorothy Jewel Christine Smith (Miller). As a young boy, he grew up in Estes, MO and attended the Bowling Green School District.

He was united in marriage to Sheila Kay Grisham on February 28, 1970. Together they had two children. A daughter Angela Dawn Smith, and a son Dustin Lee Smith. Everyone that knew Larry would tell you he was a hard worker, and helped anyone in need. He took pride in every job he had. Although he took his work very serious, he was always the "jokester". He loved making people laugh, and would tell them to "not take life to seriously".

Larry drove a semi-truck and was a very skilled mechanic. During his career, he owned his own small trucking company. He also was an owner-operator and drover for many companies such as Oliver Transportation Inc., Lomax, Opies, and several others. He was proud of his involvement with his part of the building of the Clarence Cannon Dam at Mark Twain Lake.

After retiring from driving, Larry continued to work for local farmers driving and hauling livestock and grain. He also worked for the Department of Transportation, and drove a bus for the Van-Far School District at the end of his career. He loved that job the most, and being with the kids.

Larry loved cars his entire life. He and his brothers always enjoyed buying cars, fixing them up, and visiting car shows as well. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, Cardinals Baseball, and westerns. He loved taking his family camping, fishing, vacationing, and spending as much time as possible with them. Larry was a member of the Southside Baptist Church.

He is survived by his Daughter, Angela Morris Smith, and husband Ryan Morris of Vandalia; Son, Dustin Smith, and wife Marie Smith of Vandalia; two Brothers, Earl Wayne Smith, and wife Martha Smith of Bowling Green, and Terry Eugene Smith of Vandalia; four Grandsons, Isaac Lee Smith, Gavin Lee Smith, Noah Carter Smith and Andrew Carlyle Morris; one Step-Grandson, Tyler Robinson; two Neices, Deanna Gillett of Kansas City, and Tiffany Flannagan Smith of Praire Village, KS.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, and Wife, Shelia Kay Smith (Grisham).

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 pm Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Waters Funeral Home. Bro. Kenny Haddock will officiate. Interment of cremated remains will be in the Vandalia Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation celebrating Larry's life will be held at 5:00 pm until the time of service, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at the Waters Funeral Home.

Honorary Pallbearers are Isaac Lee Smith, Gavin Lee Smith, Noah Carter Smith, Andrew Carlyle Morris, and Tyler Robinson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-County Nursing Home, in care of Waters Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Larry's memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com.


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A candle was lit in memory of Larry Smith

Ellen Orf Nov 20 2021 9:18 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry Smith

Martha Nov 17 2021 3:34 PM

All of our love and prayers to the family!!!

Ray and Erin Jennings Nov 17 2021 12:07 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry Smith

Jeri Girard Nov 17 2021 10:11 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry Smith

Shawne Williams Nov 16 2021 5:29 PM

So sorry for your loss. Time steals too many. I know you appreciate the beautiful memories.

Donna Edgar Nov 16 2021 9:42 AM

Our Deepest Sympathy to the family… you our in our thoughts and prayers…

Alan & Ellen Roy Nov 16 2021 9:04 AM

I am sorry for your family's loss. Larry will be missed.

Brenda Gower Nov 16 2021 7:47 AM

So sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Kristin Warren Nov 15 2021 10:31 PM

We are so very sorry for your loss.

Tim &Michelle Kurz Nov 15 2021 9:44 PM

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