Henry J. Smith, 86
Funeral services for Henry J. Smith, 86, of Raymore, were held March 27, 2018, at Ball Church of Christ south of Dora. Mr. Smith died March 23 at his home.
He was born Aug. 13, 1931, in Dora, the son of Henry and Cora Owen Smith. On June 7, 1952, he married Betty J. Russell. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955. After his military service, he worked as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service at the Brookside location in Kansas City until his retirement. He was a member of the Belton Church of Christ in Belton.
The Smiths enjoyed traveling across the U.S., especially to Florida; they made many friends during their adventures. Music was a major source of joy in Mr. Smith’s life. He loved to sing and spend time “pickin’” country and bluegrass tunes with his friends. He loved his “granddog” Zoey.
He is survived by Betty, his devoted wife of 64 years; his daughter, Sheila; two sisters, Alta Newberry and Dolly Rieger; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Bruce Wayne Smith; his brothers, Ray, Charley, Harley and Lloyd Smith; and his sisters, Gracie Warren, Alma Don Carlos, Thelma Trail and Esta Howard.
Burial will be in the Ball Cemetery.
Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, directors.