The Obit For Riverboat Smith

The Jefferson City News Tribune
Wednesday, June 25, 2003


Bob Smith, 76, of Clarence, died Monday, June 23, 2003, at approximately 9:45 p.m. as a result of a tractor accident south of Clarence.

Mr. Smith was born in Clarence, on May 13, 1927, the son of Elbert W. and Ada Pearl Walkup Smith. On June 25, 1949, he was united in marriage to Gwendolyn Kelly in Storm Lake, Iowa. She survives. Bob is also survived by three sons: Kelly Smith, and his wife, Peggy, of Jefferson City, Jeff Smith and his wife, Cyndi, of Roanoke, VA, and Roger Smith and his wife, Rhonda, of Macon; seven grandchildren, Meade Smith, Megan Smith, Schuyler Smith, Leslie Smith, Jeff Smith, Jr., Grant Smith and Grace Smith; and one sister, Myra Overfelt of Chesterfield. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil Smith and Max Smith.

Mr. Smith was a member of the Clarence Christian Church. He enjoyed working with the Clarence Baseball Association and was involved in the building of the baseball fields at the Clarence City Lake in the 1960's. Bob enjoyed friends at the Clarence Senior Citizens Center and the Walkersville Mill Club.

Bob graduated from Clarence High School in 1945. Mr. Smith played baseball for the University of Missouri for three years and lettered as a left-handed pitcher. He played professional baseball for thirteen years, primarily in the Boston Red Sox organization and also with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs. Bob was a successful agri-businessman.

He and Gwen Owned and operated Bob Smith Feed lot Systems in Clarence from 1969 to 1999 and farmed south of Clarence since 1953. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Clarence. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2003, at the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Chapel in Clarence, MO, with the Pastors Robert L. Price and Hugh DelCamp officiating.

Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery, south of Clarence. Memorials may be made to Union Cemetery Association, Clarence Baseball Association or the charity of the donor's choice.