David Leland Smith was born on January 17, 1945, in West Plains, Missouri, and passed away on November 7, 2016, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 71.
He is survived by his son Jeff Smith and Jeff’s mother, Jackie Shelton of West Plains, Missouri; one sister, Janet Womack and husband, Jerry of West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Dale Smith and wife, Carolyn of West Plains, Missouri, and Danny Smith and wife, Alice of West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Shelby Smith, Karsyn Smith, and Sawyer Smith of West Plains, Missouri; niece, Frankie Harrill-Jones and husband, David of West Plains, Missouri; nephew, Scott Womack of West Plains, Missouri; niece, Angie Holloway and husband, Jason of West Plains, Missouri; nephew, Greg Smith and wife, Kim of Ozark, Missouri; niece, Melissa Wiehe and husband, Kurt of West Plains, Missouri; nephew, Stace Smith and wife, Mindy of West Plains, Missouri; nephew, Garach Smith and wife, Kristen of Columbia, Missouri; several great nieces and nephews; close family friends, Teresa McDaniel and son Ryan McDaniel of West Plains, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Dave and Effie Roberson, paternal grandparents Horace Harrison “H.H.” and Myrtle Smith, parents Frank Leland and Lottie Marie Smith, and niece Carrie Womack.
David attended school in his early years at Howell Valley and graduated from West Plains High School in 1963. He worked 38 years for the Missouri Department of Agriculture as a Market News Reporter; reporting the local markets on the radio.
David loved sports and was a St. Louis Cardinal fan. He also enjoyed local high school sports; especially when Shelby, Karsyn, and Sawyer were playing.
David’s favorite pastime was working with horses. He had many over the years, and found that the Missouri Foxtrotter was his favorite. He trained and showed them all around Missouri and Arkansas. He has a box full of ribbons and garlands from these shows. Training horses that had never been worked with and teaching them “manners” satisfied him the most.
David will be truly missed by friends and family, but rest assured he’s still horsin’ around
Donations can be made to Riverways Hospice or Shaw Treatment Center in his name.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in West Plains.
Visitation will be held on Friday evening, November 11, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.
Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.